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Nokia launches low budget, colourful music phone Saveri Dhekney | , 12:31 p.m. March 9, 2011 2011-03-09

The recent announcement of X1-00, has Nokia claiming the first cheapest mobile phone offering in the music industry. The startling list of specifications on the Nokia blog page, might not be just the creative outburts of its author but may actually change the picture of emerging markets where every penny counts.

To start with, Nokia is launching the phone in a wide range of loud Oranges, Blues and Greys. However, these are just the basics as the phone is to retail at less than €35 offering maximum features for minimum price.

Moulded especially for music lovers, the massive speaker at the phone promises a perceived loudness of 106 phon, without distortion at higher volumes. According to Nokia, the volume is enough to rattle windows. If this seems too loud for your neighbours ears, the X1-00 comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, so you plug it into your headphones or speakers. There are three dedicated music keys, a distincy single-key playlist creator and memory card support for up to 16 GB.

In addition, it comes with five phone books thoughtfully planned as consumers in developing markets probably will share the phone among friends, family members or neighbours.

Otherwise, the specifications have been kept simple considering the price tag. The Nokia X1-00 operates on a Series 30 OS, and includes a music player app, calendar, clock and calculator and pre-loaded games.

The Nokia X1-00 is scheduled to be available in selected markets beginning in April. Before taxes and operator subsidies, it should cost around €34.


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