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Nokia Reveals The X6, Its Sexiest Music Phone Yet

Finnish mobile manufacturer Nokia has unveiled one new smartphone at its Nokia World event in Stuttgart, Germany; the X6, which has already been hailed by some as the best looking Nokia phone yet.

The X6 sheds Nokia's normally bland looks and adopts a more up to date, edgy finish. It sports a 3.2-inch 16:9 touchscreen (640x360 pixels, possibly the same as the N97 mini or the 5800 Xpressmusic), 32GB in-built storage (maybe expandable using a microSD slot), a 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash (same as the N97 mini) with Cal Zeiss Optics.

The handset, which runs Symbian S60 and is described as being big and solid, is powered by a relatively sedate 433MHz ARM-based processor and Nokia says that its battery should last for at least 35 hours when playing music.

Other features include A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Flash Lite support, TV-out, a 3.5mm headphone jack and, surprise, surprise, Comes with Music. Expect it to be laden with OVI applications as well plus loads of widgets.

The X6 will be available before Christmas and should cost around £400 at launch which means that it should be widely available on £40 contracts which would put it in direct competition with the Nokia N97.

Our Comments

Nokia needs to be strategic about the X6. The world's largest mobile phone manufacturer is currently crowding the high end of the market with great phones but ultimately it is the online services bit which is suffering. OVI simply cannot compete with App Store for now.

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