Nokia has unveiled three new qwerty phones targeted at consumers looking for an affordable, social-media friendly device.
“People want the best messaging and social networking experience on an affordable device, whether it’s sending a simple text or instant message, an email, or a direct message from their Twitter account,” Anssi Vanioki, Nokia’s head of markets, said in a statement. “The Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5 are made for just that.”
The Nokia C3 is the cheapest qwerty phone ever to be produced by the company and features Wi-Fi connectivity and a 2-megapixel camera. The device is priced at $122 before taxes and subsidies and is based on Nokia’s Series 40 platform.
The Symbian-based Nokia C6 has a 3.2 inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera and Ovi Maps with free walk and drive navigation. Nokia priced the device at $298. Both the C6 and the C3 are slated to be released in the second quarter of this year.
The Nokia E5 is a business-oriented device modeled after the Nokia E73 and E63. The device is estimated to cost $244 and will be released in the third quarter. Like the C6, it is based on Symbian.
The phones will be available worldwide, including the North American market, but the company has not announced specific distribution plans.