Nokia announces the E72 and 5530 XpressMusic

Nokia has announced two new handsets at an event held in Singapore earlier today. The Finnish handset manufacturer unveiled the E72 and the 5530 XpressMusic without any leaks or teasers which usually accompany a handset's impending arrival. Some would have expected Nokia to play up the arrival of such relatively significant handsets.

Nokia E72

The Nokia E72 is the successor to the E71, "Nokia's most successful QWERTY device", in their business centric E series devices. The E72 now sports a 3.5 mm audio jack, a 5 MP camera and 10.2 Mbps connections over HSDPA, over the E71's 2.5 mm audio jack, 3.2 MP camera and 3.6 Mbps connections over HSDPA. The device also comes with an "optical navigation key", similar to the optical trackpads used on many other handsets. It also features improved sound quality with noise cancellation, a torch and a digital compass. Other changes over the E71 are mostly cosmetic.

The E72 is expected to retail for €350 (~US$490) before taxes and subsidies.

Nokia 5530 XpressMusic

The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic is Nokia's third touch screen based handset and successor to the 5800 XpressMusic, also known as the "Tube" on the internet. The 5800 was Nokia's first attempt at touch screen handsets and featured a modified Symbian S60 v 9.4 OS to handle touch input. Opinions on the device were divided, with some criticising its rushed and dodgy user interface and others praising its relatively low price point.

The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic looks to improve on its predecessor with a more compact size and better user interface. It features a 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash, Bluetooth, WiFi, and EDGE, widescreen video playback at 640×360, hot-swappable MicroSD slot (4GB included) and a standard 3.5mm audio jack. The Contacts Bar on the home screen now lets you save 20 contacts, compared to only 4 on the 5800. The Contacts Bar allows the user to "quickly call or send a message, review conversation history, or follow the contact's feed". The device lacks 3G connectivity, which is a step down from the 5800.

The 5530 XpressMusic is expected to retail for a very affordable €199 (~$280), compared to more expensive devices in its class.

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Seems like they're very good phones, but Nokia seriously needs to consolidate its phone lineup and get rid of some of this unnecessary overlap.

I would do that but for two things:
1) 5800 was the first touch phone and I am sure Nokia has improved quite a lot of stuff.
2) This seems to be quite a bit cheaper than 5800.

surrealvortex said,
I would do that but for two things:
1) 5800 was the first touch phone and I am sure Nokia has improved quite a lot of stuff.
2) This seems to be quite a bit cheaper than 5800.

5530 is better IMO, slimmer which is very important and from the features it looks like it has most of what you need.

It's nice making a lower-end 5800 but what's the point of not including 3G in a smartphone? Other than the Chinese market who (I believe) can't use 3G.

Anything to make an affordable unlocked smartphone? I don't like calling it a smartphone when it can't even do video calls.
If this is aimed at the US market I guess it must be to fight against lack of subsidies and meagre 3G support in the US?

Curious: What's the battery life on this if it doesn't do 3G or GPS? 5800 already had awesome battery life, lasting over a day of music playback.

Well, E-series were always very poor on multimedia capabilities. Nokia has N-series for those. If you're into buying a E71 for example you'll buy it for its excellent connectivity, office tools, extremely strong e-mail client etc etc. Not for videocalling, music playing etc. At least thats how Nokia views it and I'm with them on this one.

As for battery life, E71 has an excellent one, easily 3-4 days under heavy usage so I'd expect something among those lines.

Sacha said,
It's nice making a lower-end 5800 but what's the point of not including 3G in a smartphone? Other than the Chinese market who (I believe) can't use 3G.

Anything to make an affordable unlocked smartphone? I don't like calling it a smartphone when it can't even do video calls.
If this is aimed at the US market I guess it must be to fight against lack of subsidies and meagre 3G support in the US?

Curious: What's the battery life on this if it doesn't do 3G or GPS? 5800 already had awesome battery life, lasting over a day of music playback.

How about for people who do NOT want 3G? and don't use their phones to surf the web? or checking email? The music focus is cool enough to buy this phone. Many people just don't want to surf from their tiny screen phones.

darkmanx21 said,
Why can't they get a decent interface...love their phones, but the interface is so out-dated.

I actually love Symbian. Its a matter of taste I guess.

As for E72, I can't wait. E71 is imo one of the best smartphones out there.

Harbinger said,
I actually love Symbian. Its a matter of taste I guess.

As for E72, I can't wait. E71 is imo one of the best smartphones out there.

Me too.

I haven't seen a better interface since Android and Symbian.

I have an e63, and I will say that it needs some updating. Every time I connect to the internet via wifi, it asks what access point I want to use instead of remembering from before

Brandon said,
I have an e63, and I will say that it needs some updating. Every time I connect to the internet via wifi, it asks what access point I want to use instead of remembering from before


Yeah, you can set default access point in connections options

darkmanx21 said,
Why can't they get a decent interface...love their phones, but the interface is so out-dated.

SE was doing great with interface for Symbian. UIQ was much more advanced than S60. But stupid SE management killed all smartphone line. And now SE is now nearly died. They have reworked S60 quite well, but so far just one smartphone on S60 (Idou Satio), which they can't release for very time. And most probably will never release as company will most probably die completely before release...