Nokia's 5730 Xpressmusic Adds Keyboard, Removes Touchscreen

Pictures of Nokia latest smartphone have leaked online and it looks that the Finnish manufacturer wants to cater for a more mainstream market with a more affordable, lower specced phone without any touchscreen but with the welcomed addition of a QWERTY keyboard.

The Nokia 5730 looks like the alterego of the LG KS360 smartphone but without the "funky" factor and according to some reviewers, is a cross between an E75 smartphone and a normal Xpressmusic handset.

Russian website Mobile-review which displayed pics and specifications of the smartphone first says that it will carry a 2-inch display capable of displaying 320x240 pixels, a 3.2-inch camera with AF and a flash and GSM/Edge compatibility but no WiFi or 3G.

Other features include GPS, a microSD reader with a bundled 8GB card, Symbian S60 OS and a full numeric keypad.

They also reckon that the phone will be launched by the end of this month but won't be available across Europe for at least 3 months. Official retail price is expected to be around £200.

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Our Comments

The Nokia 5730 is another yawn phone. Like Sony Ericsson, Nokia is in the danger of losing its innovative touch as it plays it safe and release updates of existing phones rather than completely new designs. The obvious issue stems from the fact that other manufacturers are upping their game. Android phones, Blackberry, Palm and Apple are all vying to grab a few points from Nokia in 2009.

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