Nokia has announced the launch of the 5230 handset, the latest addition to its touchscreen portfolio.
The phone offers a direct link to the Ovi Store from the homepage, where users can gain access to songs from the Nokia Music Store or apps, games and videos. As well as a music player and 33 hours of playback time, the 5320 will also include the Comes With Music service in select markets.
The phone also includes a Media Bar to enable users quick access to their favourite media and applications, such as music, photos, YouTube or Ovi Share and a contacts bar that features thumbnail images for up to 20 close friends, providing easy access to them and their communications history including emails, phone calls, photos or other social media updates.
Other features of note include A-GPS navigation and the latest version of Ovi Maps with aerial images, 3D landmarks for over 200 cities and terrain map views for pedestrian and drive navigation.
Nokia vice president Jo Harlow said: “Competitively priced at €149, we believe the Nokia 5230 is an unbeatable offer for many new customers who aspire a device that stars in music, mingles with social networks from Facebook to MySpace, navigates you to where it happens, when it happens and comes in an array of dazzling colours.”
The 5230 is expected to begin shipping in Q4. Nokia couldn’t confirm availability and said these details would be released in due course.