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Nokia launches two new low-cost handsets

Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia has announced two new budget handsets, the X2-01 and the C2-01.

The candy bar Nokia C2-01 is reportedly the company's cheapest new 3G handset to date, without scrimping on features in a traditional Nokia form factor. The C2-01 has a 2-inch screen, with a 3.2-inch megapixel camera, a built-in FM radio and runs the older Series 40 Symbian operating system.

The original Nokia C2 handset was a dual SIM device, where this new model can only contain the one SIM card although the two mobile phones are very similar in other aspects of email and messaging.

The BlackBerry-esque Nokia X2-01 is geared up for text entry on a budget, with a full Qwerty keyboard that's designed for durable instant messaging and social network updating - with the Communities app solely for the latter. The X2-01 arrives with a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, with a VGA camera at the rear, along with GPRS and EDGE connectivity but no 3G or WIFI access.

Nokia's Xseries handsets are well-known for their music abilities, which have been replicated on this cheaper model with the in-built FM radio and access to Ovi music services with files being downloadable to a microSD card.

The Nokia X2-01 is due out before Christmas with a cost of 80 Euros, where the Nokia C2-01 is arriving before March 2011 at the cost of 70 Euros.

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