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Photos: Nokia 5530 XpressMusic unveiled

That 5800 XpressMusic phone Nokia's so proud of now has a variant: the 5530 XpressMusic, a much cheaper touchscreen music phone. If that makes it less boring to you, great

Nate Lanxon
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That 5800 XpressMusic phone Nokia's so proud of now has a variant: the 5530 XpressMusic. It's one of those 'the same, but different' jobs. Though perhaps a more fitting description would be 'the same, but with some 'good' syphoned off'.

You aren't left with a mere shadow of a phone, but rather one that's cheaper than the 5800 -- which is already free on sub-£20 per month contracts. It's got a 74mm (2.9-inch) touchscreen, a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera, 70MB of internal memory (it comes with a 4GB microSD card for storing music), a 3.5mm headphone socket, stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and the usual roster of mid-range Nokia features. It'll also support MP3, AAC and WMA music (including iTunes Plus downloads), as well as basic MPEG-4 video. 

Pinpointing the differences between these twins requires an element of playing Spot the Digital Difference. The 5800 comes with a slightly larger 81mm (3.2-inch) screen, an 8GB microSD card instead of 4GB, better video-capturing capabilities and GPS. Other than that, it's arguably the same phone, just in a different case -- a saying that could've at any point over the last few years replaced Nokia's 'Connecting People' slogan.

Yeah, we're a circle of bitches showering under a fountain of bitter cynicism. But we're nothing if not fatigued by the mobile market's 'same, but ever-so-slightly different' pandemic.

Here's a reason to keep this model in mind: it'll launch in the autumn for €199 (£169) SIM-free, which is a decent price for a touchscreen music phone -- the 5800 can currently be snagged for around £230 unlocked.

But if they're both free on a contract, it doesn't take a genius to work out which one's the better choice. Pics over the page.

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The home screen gives you quick access to your favourite contacts via thumbnails.
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The left-hand side.

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