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Preview: Nokia 5320 XpressMusic Phone

April 22, 2008

News flash for today: there’s two new XpressMusic phones on the block: the Nokia 5320 and the Nokia 5220. More about the 5320 XpressMusic inside.

Nokia 5320 XpressMusic

Nokia 5320 XpressMusic: Lots of Music Options

The Nokia 5320 XpressMusic

The Nokia 5320 is a quad-band, Series 60 (runs the Symbian OS) midrange phone that’s aimed squarely at the music/gaming crowd. To that end the 5320 features dedicated music AND gaming buttons (I was only able to locate one dedicated gaming button, maybe you can do better), up to 8GB expandable microSD memory card support, a “Hi-Fi” dedicated audio chip, 3.5mm connector port, a “voice-controlled” music player, FM radio with RDS, and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. Whew, that was a mouthful.

A word about the FM radio with RDS feature: RDS is the standard that allows text (ie song titles, artists, radio station name) to be transmitted over the airwaves, which is big in Europe apparently but definitely not as widely used in the USA.

The camera and battery are both pretty average. There’s a 2 megapixel main camera (no flash) as well as the VGA crap video-conferencing camera. Battery is a BL-5B 890 mAh lithium-ion that provides a grand total of 3.5 hours of talk time on GSM, and 2.5 hours on WCDMA. Interestingly enough, the Nokia 5320 can play music for 24 hours (due to the dedicated audio chip?). Where did it go wrong with the talk time?

Not much else to really write about, other than connectivity (WCDMA/HSDPA 850/2100 and 900/2100). No WLAN either.

The Nokia 5320 is expected to arrive in the third quarter of 2008 with a retail price of 220 euros ($351 US dollars).

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