Nokia X5-01 smartphone gets official launch

Something a little different from Nokia has been unveiled in Singapore, the Nokia X5-01.

Different because of that shape, one of the few phones on the market to go square, at least, when the handset is closed. Open it up and you'll get a shape more akin to a BlackBerry, complete with QWERTY keyboard to hammer out those messages. Because social networking is certainly where this particular device is being pitched, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and all the major IM and webmail services will be accessible out of the box.

In terms of specifics, the X5-01 runs the Symbian S60 3rd edition platform and offers up a 2.36-inch QVGA screen, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, an accelerometer for nifty control with a shake, a decent media player with dedicated buttons, a loud external output and a 3.5mm headphone jack plus connectivity that includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.

The colourful X5-01 is being sold with a 2GB microSD card, which of course, you can update to 2GB for under £150 (equivalent) in the far east. In the UK? Either on contract or a high-end PAYG when it lands, presumably in the not-too-distant future.

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