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Nokia Pushes Out Square X5 Smartphone

Nokia has launched a new smartphone, the X5 as well as a special version of the existing X6 smartphone which comes with 8GB rather than the usual 32GB.

The X5-01 is rather interesting since it is similar to the Microsoft KIN as well as the Motorola Flipout which are both squarish in shape.

Nokia says that it is the "perfect device for teens who enjoy Facebook, chatting, games, music and staying in touch with their peers in unlimited ways". The Finnish handset manufacturers also says that it is "unique", something which isn't true anyhow.

The handset's slide out QWERTY keyboard is similar to the E-Series and, when closed, looks like a mini disc player (or a stylish keyholder). Surprisingly for a model of this size, it comes with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 4x digital zoom.

The rest of the features are standard for a mid-range model; 200MB ROM with 2GB microSD card, up to 16 days on standby and one day of music playback and from what we can see, the old & trusted Symbian OS.

The X5 will be available from Q3 for around £140 across Europe and we expect it to go on sale on contracts costing as little as £15 per month.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.