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Nokia Debuts C6 Smartphone In The UK

Nokia has announced the launch of the C6 slider smartphone in the UK for a rather steep £289, unlocked and direct from its website.

The C6 has a full QWERTY keyboard and a design that reminds us of the N900 except that this one is powered with Symbian S60 rather than Maemo. We don't know what processor it uses but other specs are pretty standard.

A 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen that can show 640x360 pixels, AGPS, 200MB internal memory, support for up to 16GB microSD and a 5-megapixel camera with flash.

The phone will be also available on contract from Vodafone, T-Mobile and Carphone Warehouse within days with more mobile phone networks to come soon.

Mark Loughran, the managing director of Nokia UK, said in a statement that "The Nokia C6 offers style and connectivity. Whether it's via email, the web, social networks or IM, you are always connected."

Nokia is not doing itself any favours though by pitching the C6 at such a price. After all, we've heard that O2 is offering the HTC Desire for the same price for incontract upgrades and that same phone can be had for around £319 SIM Free.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.