Nokia World update: If you cant beat ’em, swamp ’em.
Nokia world event in Stuttgart has come and gone… and hasn’t caused much of any flutter! OPK has admitted the “ups and downs” of late but then has emphasized that there is a “solid plan” in place! With the comments perhaps referring to the company’s slow start in the touchscreen market, Nokia is quick with figures that suggest success for the new line of touchscreen devices. OPK revealed on stage at the packed event that the N97 is selling faster than the N95 and its touchscreen phones have seen 10 million sales in 10 months. Looking forward, Kallasuvo promised that the recently-announced Maemo-based N900 is the “best browsing device” he has seen. The new tablet handset will offer a Mozilla-made mobile browser. (If only for a capacitive screen, this indeed would have been the best browsing device.. Touch QWERTY and all).OPK emphasized that the N900 and also recently announced Booklet 3G are “just the start” for Nokia, promising to “expand boundaries of mobility” with future products.
The releases in this event were the N97 mini, a cut down mass version of the N97, flagship phone from Nokia.
Coming as a slightly smaller version of the Nokia N97, N97 mini is a 14.2mm thin S60 smartphone – the first to come with Lifecasting with Ovi, which “enables users to update their Facebook status directly from the device’s homescreen.” The Phone sports a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, Homescreen widgets, A-GPS , 5MP Carl Zeiss camera with dual LED flash, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support , Music payback time up to 28 hours and a stand-by time up to 12 days.Nokia N97 mini will be available for purchase starting next month (October). Its retail price will be of EUR450.
The new variation of the N97 to broaden its appeal to an even larger audience.
The Nokia world also saw the debut of the X series phones from Nokia. The X3 and X6 are music oriented phones. The X6 is a high end touch screen Music oriented device which comes bundled with the all you can eat “Comes with Music” service. The feature check list reads 3.2 inch touchscreen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, Full web browser and Flash Lite support, A-GPS, TV-out , 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and dual LED flash, 32GB of internal memory and 35 hours of music playback. Other features include video editing, online sharing, full web browser, Flash Lite support, Ovi Maps and Playlist DJ.
The Nokia X6 is expected to ship in the fouth quarter of 2009 for an estimated retail price of EUR459 before taxes and subsidies.
Nokia X3, is just a simple slider. Nokia X3 is “the first Series 40 Ovi Store-enabled device” and it features stereo speakers, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.5mm headset jack, FM radio, and a 3.2MP camera. The phone will be available in Q4 2009, for €115.
Well! What was it like? If you cant beat ’em, swamp ’em. Per se the phones are good looking devices and that is just it. Nothing really to swoon the hardcores. These devices are testimony to the platformization strategy of Nokia. If something works, flog it till death. They may still find takers though.