Updates as of August 1, 2010:
1. Nokia C3 is now out in the Philippines with an SRP of Php 7,295. Read TP's Nokia C3 Philippines post via the link.
2. Nokia C6 has been spotted in the Philippines with an SRP of Php 15,100. Read TP's Nokia C6 Philippines post via the link.
Nokia, as it turned out, is not all too game to let Microsoft grab all the spotlight today. No.
After a series of leaks, Nokia has finally let the rabbit out of the hat (3 rabbits, apparently) ~ three new phones to bring the smartphone experience down to the masses -- Nokia C3, C6 and E5:
The Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5 are made for just that."
- Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's Head of Markets.
The Nokia C3 is the first device to bring a full QWERTY keyboard to the world's most popular mobile phone platform - Series 40 - and is the first in the range to enable access to social networks directly on the homescreen. People can view, comment, update their status and share pictures to their favorite social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
At an estimated price of EUR 90, before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia C3 also comes with Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat, meaning first time users can set up email and chat accounts straight from the device, without the need for a PC. Other notable features are the Wi-Fi connectivity, a two megapixel camera, rich color 2.4 inch screen and support for up to an 8GB memory card. The Nokia C3 is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010 in a variety of appealing colors, including golden white, slate grey and hot pink. - via official press release
UPDATE as of July 23, 2010, Nokia C3 is officially available in the Philippines with a suggested retail price of roughly Php 7,000.
Nokia C6 - with previously leaked photo via link
The Nokia C6 is a Symbian-based smartphone combining the benefits of a 3.2 inch touch screen with a full slide out keyboard. The large screen provides a great Internet experience, as well as offering access to Facebook feeds directly on the homescreen. A full suite of email and social networking capabilities means the Nokia C6 is perfect for people who want to stay up to date while on the go.
Expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010 at an estimated price of EUR 220, before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia C6 has an impressive feature set including a high quality five megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, and Ovi Maps with free walk and drive navigation. In addition, thousands of apps - from games and videos to news aggregators and web services - are available in the Ovi Store. - again, via official press release
UPDATE as of July 23, 2010, Nokia C6 is officially available in the Philippines with a suggested retail price of Php 15,100.
Rounding off the trio is the latest addition to the Nokia Eseries range, the Nokia E5. Designed for those that want to be productive in both their professional and personal lives, the Symbian-based Nokia E5 follows the successful blueprint of devices such as the Nokia E72 and Nokia E63. The Nokia E5 combines high quality business features with all of the personal networking and entertainment capabilities that a busy professional expects from a smartphone.
The Nokia E5 is perfect for managing busy schedules with a variety of productivity applications available in the Ovi Store. And with direct access to over 90 percent of the world's corporate email through Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler, it's easy to keep in contact from anywhere.
Estimated price of the Nokia E5 is EUR 180 (or Php 10,950 with current conversion), before taxes and subsidies, with expected availability in the third quarter of 2010.
There you go. Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5 - designed to put better messaging and social networking tools in the hands of more people around the world, at affordable prices.
Keep tuning in for updates on these three new entries by Nokia.