Today Nokia released a new entry-level series of phones. The Nokia 1112, Nokia 2310 and Nokia 2610 models are aimed at the low-end market share. The Nokia 1112 is successor of the 1110 model. It is still a dual-band device with the same measures and weight. The display stays the same, a 96 x 68 pixels resolution monochrome one. The new phone has basic features like SMS and picture messaging, alarm clock and polyphonic ringtones. Nokia 1112 will be available in Q2 2006 and will be distributed in all regions except China.
Nokia 2310 takes the place of the 2300 model. The new dual-band model is slightly smaller and weighs less. The phone has a 65K colors display with 96 x 68 pixels resolution. It still has the built-in FM radio and the only messaging feature is SMS and picture messaging. Basic features like alarm clock are supported as well. The estimated price of Nokia 2310 will be around 65 euro.
Nokia 2610 succeeds the 2600 model. The new model is also slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The dual-band phone is supplied with a 65K colors display. The 2610 phone supports the Nokia Xpress Audio Messaging feature and has a WAP browser and email support. It also has SMS/MMS/IM messaging features and has a voice recorder. There is no official release date set for this model, but the estimated price of Nokia 2610 will be around 75 euro.
Nokia Press Release
Nokia 2610, Nokia 2310 and Nokia 1112 unveiled at Nokia Experience Mobility 2006 event in Chongqing, China
Chongqing, China - In Chongqing, a city in the heart of China, Nokia reinforced its commitment and strategy to bringing the benefits of mobility to consumers in new growth markets. During the event, Nokia introduced three new mobile phones targeted at first time users in these markets. The Nokia 1112, Nokia 2310 and Nokia 2610 expand Nokia's portfolio of easy-to-use, reliable and affordable mobile phones. All three models are expected to begin shipping during the second quarter of 2006.
Another important contributor to Nokia's success in new growth markets has been the company's close work with operators and regulators to lower the total cost of mobile phone ownership for consumers.
Introducing the new models:
The Nokia 2610
A flagship addition to Nokia's entry portfolio, the Nokia 2610 phone offers an iconic design and a strong range of features for business-minded consumers. A first for entry phones, the Nokia 2610 includes e-mail support as well as mobile Internet access via a WAP browser. Additionally, the Nokia 2610 supports MMS and Nokia Xpress Audio Messaging, for recording and editing messages on the go. Designed specifically for consumers in new growth markets, the Nokia 2610 even offers a unique rubberized finish which serves to combat dust and improve grip.
The Nokia 2610 features a color display with a mirrored finish and enhanced features such as MP3 ring tones, voice recorder, and an integrated handsfree speaker. The organizer in the Nokia 2610 gives optional weekly or monthly review of the local calendar and an application to manage basic finances. Equally important, the Nokia 2610 comes with an expanded memory to accommodate up to 300 entries in the phonebook. Chinese-speaking consumers will appreciate the built-in English-Chinese dictionary for quick translations.
Like all Nokia mobile phones, the Nokia 2610 is intuitively easy to use, offering large fonts, dedicated shortcut keys, and a host of extra features. Weighing 91 grams, the Nokia 2610 has a talk time of up to 3 hours and a standby time of up to 12 days. The Nokia 2610 will be available in a range of colors, depending on markets. The estimated retail price, before subsidies or taxes, is expected to be 75 euros.
The Nokia 2310
For those with a mind for fashion and music, the Nokia 2310 phone offers a compact design matched with an equally outstanding array of colour covers. A dedicated short-cut key activates the built-in FM radio which features "sound visualization" -graphics that move in sync with the music. Keeping in tune with consumer desires, the Nokia 2310 offers polyphonic and MP3-grade ring tones.
For text-intensive consumers, the Nokia 2310 offers a host of messaging options, including an SMS editor to avoid accidental deletions of messages, speed dial for SMS sending and a distribution list for creating and managing personal contact lists. The Nokia 2310 also features the Nokia Prepaid Tracker, a network supported application which automatically updates users of their prepaid account balance after each call or message.
Weighing 85 grams, the Nokia 2310 has a talk time of up to 6 hours and a standby time of up to 16 days. The estimated retail price, before subsidies or taxes, is expected to be 65 euros.
The Nokia 1112
Placing special emphasis on ease-of-use, the Nokia 1112 has a user interface that makes use of graphical icons and large font sizes to make user navigation simple for first-time mobile phone users. Timekeeping is made convenient with the Speaking Clock and Alarm, which announces the time in a range of local languages. In addition to the high contrast white backlit display, the Nokia 1112 also has distinctive polyphonic ring tones with MP3-grade sounds.
First time mobile phone users will appreciate the demo mode, an on-screen visual guide of primary phone functions. Additionally, the demo mode allows consumers to play the pre-installed games or hear the Speaking Clock without a SIM card inserted into the phone.
Weighing 80 grams, the Nokia 1112 has a talk time of up to over 5 hours and a standby time of up to 15 days. The Nokia 1112 is available in a range of colors and is expected to retail for an estimated price of 45 euros, before subsidies or taxes. The model is expected to be commercially available in the second quarter 2006. It will be available in all regions, except China.
All three models offer excellent voice quality and coverage based on state-of-the-art software, including AMR and SAIC. AMR (Adaptive Multi Rate) technology enables operators to add voice capacity within their networks smoothly and cost-efficiently. SAIC (Single Antenna Interference Cancellation) is a network independent capacity enhancing feature in the handset, improving network capacity and call quality.
Hi-I work for O2 in UK and we have just phased out our old phillips handsets -this range would've been ideal for our older customers -they got a Nokia 1101 for upgrading..... I think these would be great on prepay just for texting
These entry level phones look nice. I'm looking for a no-frills phone that is featureless except for basic calls and text-messaging (SMS only). It would be great for young kids and also as a secondary phone to have, especially for budget network ca...
It's awesome man! Nokia has finally met the criteria of people who wants a colour phone for less than 400 Malaysian Ringgit. Hope they come to Malaysia very, very soon.