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Nokia lays out three new phones

On the eve of CommunicAsia 2009, Nokia introduces E72, 5330 and 3710.

Nokia E72

Nokia today announced three new handsets--the E72, 5530 XpressMusic and 3710 fold--at the annual Nokia Connection 2009 in Singapore. The event was held at the Raffles City Convention Centre on Monday, a day prior to annual infocomm and technology show CommunicAsia 2009.

The E72 is modeled after the E71 with a full QWERTY keyboard, but comes with an optical navigation key, upgraded 5-megapixel camera and 3.5mm audio jack. This makes it the second E-series smartphone (the first was the E63) that lets the user plug in his favorite headsets sans an adapter. It also has dedicated buttons to activate the Bluetooth and torch function on the bottommost row of the keyboard, resulting in a smaller space bar.

Nokia 5330 Nokia

Following the 5800 XpressMusic and the recently launched N97, the 5530 XpressMusic is the third Nokia handset that runs the Symbian S60 fifth-edition software. The touch-screen smartphone now has an enhanced Contacts bar for a maximum of 20 people, up from four on the 5800 XpressMusic. Unlike the latter, which has a plastic build that gives it an entry-level feel, the 5530 XpressMusic will have a stainless-steel finish.

Rounding up the trio is the 3710 fold clamshell that packs a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash, assisted GPS, along with access to the Ovi store and a new S40 interface.

Nokia 3710 Fold Nokia

At the event, the company also identified the emerging markets as the next key growth sector. "The next phase of growth will be very much driven by the emerging markets, including Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Vietnam," the vice president of Sales in Southeast Asia and Pacific for Nokia, Chris Carr, said in a statement.

According to a recent Gartner report, Nokia has a 36.2 percent market share worldwide with mobile phone sales of approximately 97.4 million units in the last quarter. This is a dip from 39.1 percent and 115 million, respectively, compared with the same quarter in 2008.

Two of the three phones--the E72 and 5530 XpressMusic--will be available in Q3, while the 3710 fold is expected to hit the markets in the last quarter of the year.

(Source: CNET Asia)