September 15, 2008
XpressMusic in Your Palm
By Siti Syameen Md Khalili
NOKIA has launched the 5220 XpressMusic and 5320 XpressMusic mobile phones. Loaded with features that enhance the music experience of users, both models also are bundled with 100 free downloadable tracks from Universal Music.
The 5220 XpressMusic is recognisable due to its rhythmic flashing lights that follow the beat of the music being played. The Enhanced General Packet Radio Service (EGPRS)-enabled device with the Series 40 user interface has an asymmetrical candy-bar body with a two- inch, 256,000- colour screen.
Inside, the model packs in 30 megabytes (MB) of memory, which is expandable up to two gigabytes through the Micro Secure Digital (SD) slot, and a two-megapixel camera with 4X digital zoom. Its 1,020mAh lithium-ion battery offers up to 24 hours of music playback, five hours of talk time and 17 days of standby time.
As for the 5320 XpressMusic, it offers Wideband Code Division Multiple Access support and its S60 user interface comes with WidSet applications. Its two-inch screen displays up to 16.7 million colours while its two- megapixel camera is capable of recording in quarter video graphics array (QVGA) quality. It also has a secondary camera to accommodate video calls, and dedicated gaming keys to support the N-Gage platform.
To cater to audiophiles, the 5320 XpressMusic offers a bigger internal memory at 140MB; another 8GB can be added through the microSD slot. Its music player also has the Say and Play voice- controlled feature that lets users call out the name of the song they wish to listen to.
With dedicated music keys and an audio chip, both the 5220 XpressMusic and 5320 XpressMusic offer a 3.5-millimetre connector for a wide range of hi-fi headphones, and support for MP3, eAAC+ and Windows Media Audio digital music formats. Users also can enjoy music through the built-in FM radio with Radio Data System. Both models have Bluetooth and micro universal serial bus ports.
The free bundled tracks are the result of Nokia's partnership with Universal Music. Consumers will receive a voucher and activation code upon purchase of either XpressMusic model. Once activated, they can start downloading at www.nokia-asia.com/ musicredemption/.
Nokia Malaysia/Singapore's general manager Grant McBeath said mobile music is very much a part of Nokia's vision to connect consumers to the content they enjoy whenever they want it.
"The ubiquity of the mobile phone and advanced data connections like 3G (third-generation) and GPRS allows us to bring music to the device for consumers. By partnering with Universal, we hope to show consumers how enjoyable it is to listen to music on the XpressMusic devices."
The 5220 XpressMusic retails at RM750 while the 5320 XpressMusic goes for RM1,085.
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