Nokia 5320 offers HSDPA and N-Gage at bargain price
Nokia have announced the new Nokia 5320 and 5220 Xpress Music phones. The Nokia Xpress Music range has traditionally been pitched at the lower end of the market, and the new 5320 and 5220 are no exception, selling for between 160 - 220 Euros. What is exceptional, though, is the quality of the features that Nokia has been good enough to squeeze into them. Not only do you get a dedicated music device with 3.5" headphone jack and dedicated audio chip for superior sound quality, but with the 5320, you also get HSDPA for super-fast downloads of your music direct to the phone.

As if all that wasn't enough, you can also install the N-Gage platform to take advantage of the new range of games that Nokia are selling under the N-Gage brand, and storage of up to 8GB.

More details of the Nokia 5320 and 5220 mobile phones after the jump.

Nokia 5320 Xpress Music mobile phone

One thing that hits you when you look at this phone is, well, the looks! For a low to mid-range phone, it looks great, both in blue (top) or red (above), and with all the features it's got, I think it'll fly off the shelves. Another thing I love about is the little features that Nokia have added. For example, it has a nifty "Play and Say" feature, that lets you speak the name of the tune you want to listen to, and the 5320 will play it for you - just like magic (gasp!). Completely pointless, of course, but kids and gadget-freaks on a budget will love it.

From the press release:

Featuring a dynamic design with 3G social entertainment capabilities, the Nokia 5320 XpressMusic delivers exceptional music and web 2.0 access. With the innovative new voice-controlled Say and Play feature, consumers can merely say the name of a favorite artist or song to automatically play it. Offering an array of additional features, the Nokia 5320 XpressMusic device includes dedicated XpressMusic keys, a 3.5mm audio jack, up to 24 hours of playback time, an audio chip for hi-fi sound quality, extendable memory up to 8GB, HS-USB for fast music transfer and HSDPA for fast access to data.

The full featured Internet browser, access to Ovi and Nokia Search 4.1 allow users to find and share media content and information with ease. In addition, dedicated N-Gage gaming keys and landscape view deliver a true gaming experience, while HSDPA provides fast access to N-Gage, which will be available for download. The Nokia 5320 XpressMusic release date is expected to be the third quarter of 2008 with an estimated retail price of 220 EUR before taxes and subsidies.
Nokia 5220 Xpress Music mobile phone

The Nokia 5220 isn't quite as high-specced as its older brother (no HSDPA, for example), but it, too, has a few novelties up its sleeve. Firstly, as should be obvious from the pic, it's not exactly symmetrical! Apparently, this is a feature, and to be fair, it does make the phone stand out from other candybar designs. Secondly, it's got a lanyard! Yes, I had no idea what a landyard was, either (way to go with the marketing there, Nokia!), but apparently, it's just a bit of string that can tether the device, so you can hang it round your neck...or something (somehow, that doesn't seem quite right!). Actually, if you look at the asymmetrical part of the phone at the bottom, you should see the hole through which the string can be pushed, so you really can wear this thing as a necklace! Seems odd to me, but who am I to question great design?!

The Nokia 5220 XpressMusic device offers instant access to music on-the-go with a unique, asymmetrical design. Featured for the first time on a Nokia XpressMusic device, a built-in lanyard makes the device easy to carry anywhere. Additional features of the Nokia 5220 XpressMusic include up to 24 hours playback time, dedicated XpressMusic keys and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Nokia 5220 XpressMusic release date is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2008 with an estimated retail price of 160 EUR before taxes and subsidies.

Both handsets are compatible with the recently launched Nokia Music Store and offer easy music side-loading. With Nokia Music Store, consumers can choose from more than 2 million tracks from both major and independent labels; international and local artists and simply browse, download, stream and sync either to a PC or side-load directly to a mobile device.