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Ahead of its more exciting announcements in Barcelona next month, Nokia has launched a trio of budget-conscious handsets.

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Nokia 2700, 6700 and 6303
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Nokia today announced three new lower to mid-range handsets aimed at budget-conscious consumers, promising the 6700, 6303 and 2700 will be "competitively priced".

The 6700 is a 3G handset with HSDPA browsing speeds intended to supersede the popular Nokia 6300, originally released in 2007. The 6700 improves on the former with faster web browsing, a 5-megapixel camera and a GPS receiver with Nokia Maps — features Nokia had previously only included with its more expensive N-Series multimedia handsets.

The 6303 and 2700 are simpler. Both feature 2G hardware only and will run on Nokia's Series 40 operating platform. The 6303 also takes its inspiration from the 6300, and sports a 3.5mm headphone jack to fit most standard headphone jacks, a 3.2-megapixel camera and Nokia Maps — though no GPS receiver.

At this stage only the 6700 and 2700 are being considered for the Australian market with pricing to be announced closer to their release in the third quarter of 2009.