Nokia just announced the new C3-01 Gold Edition, which is based on the original C3-01 Touch and Type but with a twist. The twist in this case is the luxurious 18-carat gold plating, the speedier 1GHz processor, the ceramic-feel keyboard and a matching gold theme. The device is exclusively made to cater to Eastern Europe and the Middle East and has already started shipping in selected markets. It will cost around €220 before taxes and operator subsidies.
This could be a reincarnation of the C3-01.5 phone that was leaked last month with a 1GHz processor. We may even see a gold-less C3-01 with the updated processor hit other markets as well.
The Series 40-based device is a quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 phone. There's a 2.4-inch QVGA resistive touchscreen, 1GHz processor, HSDPA up to 10.2 Mbps and HSUPA up to 2 Mbps, WLAN b/g/n standards, 5 MP fixed-focus snapper on the back with LED flash and a MicroSD card slot with support for up to 32GB of additional storage.
Other features include the Nokia Messaging, Nokia Communities (for Facebook and Twitter), the Nokia Series 40 browser and, of course, Ovi Store for downloading additional apps.
The C3-01 Gold Edition has retained its previous measures - 111 x 47.5 x 11mm and weighs the same 100g as the original C3-01.
There's no official word if the Nokia C3-01 Gold Edition will hit markets outside of Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Here's the product page Nokia has put up for the device.