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Old 26-09-2005, 09:03 AM
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Phone Handset Nokia 3250 formally announced with XpressMusic brand

Nokia has formally announced the Nokia 3250 this morning. It will fit in Nokia's new XpressMusic branding (for handsets with dedicated music buttons and 3.5 mm headphone sockets). Key features inlcudes a 2MP camera, expandable storage up to 1GB for music via microSD (10 MB internal), a 3.5mm headphone socket, support for leading music file formats (MP3, M4A, WMA, AAC and eAAC+), 10 hours of music playtime, stereo FM (visual) radio, Bluetooth 2.0, Series 60 Platform 3 with Symbian OS 9.1 as the software package and an innovative twist design (oh and it's a phone too with tri-band GSM and EDGE support). The phone is expectd to cost approximately €350, and be available in Q1 2006.

The phone weighs in at a relatively light 115 g with dimensions of 103.8 x 50 x 19.8 mm and has a 176 x 208 pixel TFT active matrix 262,144-color screen.

Full specifications are available here.

Nokia are also advertising the blogging capabilities of the phone saying you can: 'Share and publish your mobile memories via blogging' and 'Upload content to Web or attach the content to your email or MMS' and 'Send your content over MMS or directly to friends locally via Bluetooth wireless technology'. This means Nokia will likely include its blogging application first demoed at NMC last year.

Music highlights include:

The ability to manage your music and playlists with the music player and control music with dedicated music keys. You can transfer music ripped from your purchased CDs from your PC to your Nokia 3250 phone with Nokia Audio Manager, Windows Media Player (meaning you will likely be able to use the sync capabailities built into Windows Media Player), or other PC software and are able to share playlists with your friends over Bluetooth, MMS, or email.

There is support for a new music codec - eAAC+ which allows for smaller file sizes. You can plug your own headphones into the 3.5 mm connector jack in the headset cable. There are advanced music player features such as 'Sound Check' (equalizer, stereo widening, reverb, bass boost). You will be able to buy new music from Web services (such as Yahoo Music or Napster).

The full list of formats supported: eAAC+, MPEG4 AAC, MP3, ARM-NB, ARM-WB, 64 polyphonic MIDI, RealAudio Voice, RealAudio7, RealAudio8, and WMA. Nokia are also including a new piece of software - Tunes Studio. It allows you to create your own ringing tones from the 40 MIDI tones pre-loaded in the Nokia 3250 phone. The phone also includes a Stereo FM radio player with support for Visual Radio.




Nokia 3250 Press Release:

Nokia 3250: A music phone with a twist.
September 26, 2005

Music-driven mobile phone features dedicated music keys, storage for up to 750 songs

Berlin, Germany/Espoo, Finland - The Nokia 3250, Nokia's newest music phone, grabbed the spotlight of Nokia Trends, an electronic music festival that took place in Berlin, Germany this weekend. This unique design twists to transform a traditional phone keypad into dedicated music keys. The Nokia 3250 stores up to 1 Gigabyte (750 songs) of high quality music and offers 10 hours of music play. In addition, consumers can take advantage of the Nokia 3250's two-megapixel camera and smartphone capabilities. The triband GSM 900/1800/1900 model is expected to start shipping in the first quarter 2006 with an estimated retail price of 350 EUR before subsidies or taxes.

"Nokia connects people to their passions - music - and as the world's largest manufacturer of digital music players, Nokia is leading the charge to make mobile music widely accessible. The XpressMusic feature brand, also introduced today, makes it easier for consumers to identify those Nokia devices which are specifically designed to listen to music," says Kai Öistämö, Senior Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia. "One of the first devices to feature the XpressMusic mark is the Nokia 3250, which is going to stop music fans in their (favourite) tracks. Its unique twist design makes it quick and easy to switch between the music keys, the regular keypad and the camera mode."

By twisting the Nokia 3250 keypad 180 degrees, consumers can toggle between the music controls and the traditional phone keypad. The music player of the Nokia 3250 supports a wide array of digital music formats such as MP3, WMA, M4A and AAC, making it easy to load and transfer music. Additionally, songs can be downloaded over-the-air while on the go and favourite songs can be set as ringtones. The Nokia 3250 supports microSD memory cards of up to 1 Gigabyte with storage capacity for up to 750 songs. An FM radio with Visual Radio client complements the Nokia 3250's complete music package.

Drag and drop to manage your music

Using the Nokia Audio Manager software, users can convert their favourite CDs into digital music files, and "drag and drop" their personal music collections and favorite playlists directly from their computer. Headphones can be connected to the Nokia 3250 via the 3.5mm connector of the Nokia Stereo Headset-HS-20, making the list of available enhancements even longer. For the best audio experience, Nokia is working to ensure that the Nokia 3250 is compatible with a number of accessories from industry leading brands such as Bose®, Harman Kardon®, JBL® and Sennheiser Electronic.

The Nokia 3250 comes with a two-megapixel camera, which is activated in the landscape mode by twisting the Nokia 3250's phone's keypad 90 degrees. With a few simple strokes, images can be instantly shared with others via MMS, or printed on a compatible printer via Bluetooth wireless technology.

The Nokia 3250 is based on the Series 60 platform and Symbian OS, offering a broad set of features and messaging functionalities and enabling third-party application developers to create their own music applications. Those applications can be downloaded and installed on the Nokia 3250. Bridging smartphone capabilities with music on the go, the Nokia 3250 has a talktime of up to 3 hours.
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Old 26-09-2005, 06:13 PM
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It's good to see that this express music brand will actually have an audio file managing system - It needed it desperately. Whether it will be able to take on the omnipresent iTunes though is another matter.
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Why microSD?! MiniSD is common and costs the same as regular SD, and Nokia has to use microSD. But hopefully this will bring down the price of microSD cards.

And then I have to throw away my DV RS-MMC and mobile MMC cards...

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