Nokia C5-01 - classically styled and affordable TD-SCDMA handset

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Today Nokia introduced the Nokia C5 for TD-SCDMA (C5-01), an affordable and classically styled candy bar smartphone. It runs S60 3rd Edition  Feature Pack 2 on Symbian OS 9.3 and features a 5 megapixel camera and stainless steel materials. It ships with support for a number of services including 139 mail box, Fetion IM, MM Ovi Store and a range of pre-loaded content. The C5 for TD-SCDMA will be available, in China, from Q3 2010.

Nokia C5-01      Nokia C5-01

Nokia has already announced the Nokia C5-00, which has a different design, but similar feature set. However the C5-01, due to its TD-SCDMA feature is a China only handset. TD-SCDMA is China Mobile's version of 3G, which has been developed domestically and is currently being rolled out across the China Mobile network.

From the press release:

The Nokia C5 is a stylish, powerful TD-SCDMA device at a new affordability level in Nokia's TD-SCDMA portfolio and is guaranteed to turn heads. The Nokia C5 has a stylish stainless-steel keypad in a compact design. Rich in features and applications, the Nokia C5 is pre-loaded with Fetion and 139 mailbox, and offers easy access to all services and applications on MM-Ovi Store.

Key points

  • TD-SCDMA handset for China Mobile

  • 5 megapixel camera, , video capture at VGA resolution and 30 frames per second
  • 112 x 48 x 14.6 mm in size, 122g weight

  • 256 MB of on board memory, microSD card slot for memory expansion
  • microUSB port, 3.5 mm setero headset plug
  • BL-5F battery (950 mAh)
  • Ships with access to a number of services including the MM-Ovi Store, Fetion IM, CMCC Music (China Mobile's music service), and 139 mail
  • Available in two colours: silver and black

Additional information from Nokia C5-01 Data Sheet.

Nokia C5-01


Nokia broadens TD-SCDMA portfolio range

The C5-01 and the X5 are part of Nokia's strategy to widen it support for TD-SCDMA. The X5-00 for TD-SCDMA and C5-01 for TD-SCDMA are Nokia's third and fourth TD-SCDMA handsets following on from the Nokia 6788 and Nokia 6788i. Although Nokia has not disclosed the estimated retail price, both the X5 and C5 are mid tier devices and will cost significantly less than the Nokia 6788i. Thus they represent a broadening of Nokia's TD-SCDMA portfolio.

"Nokia is boosting its leadership in the TD-SCDMA market by strengthening its TD-SCDMA portfolio with products that appeal to a wide range of customers at a range of price points. After the milestone collaboration with China Mobile on the Mobile Market-Ovi Store, we also continue to offer new and stylish devices to satisfy our consumers," said Chris Leong, Senior Vice President, Greater China, Korea & Japan.

 "We are also very excited to become a board member of TD Forum after being involved in the forum's activities for years. We have a long-term commitment to TD-SCDMA and we take our leadership role very seriously. We will continue to drive for TD-SCDMA technology and market development as well as evolution towards TD-LTE. And thus will contribute the prosperity of TD-SCDMA in China, with both high quality TD-SCDMA devices and rich applications and services." Leong added.