Nokia Releases Three New Classic Models

January 29th, 2009 at 12:00 am

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Nokia, the largest and most successful manufacturer of mobile telephone handsets has just released a new line of phones.  The three are based on the very successful Nokia 6300 which sold like pancakes when it was released in 2006. "The Nokia 6300 raised the bar in terms of design and premium materials when it arrived in 2006 and topped all sales records for a mid-range mobile phone. The Nokia 6700 moves that bar even higher with a beautiful, slim design and perfectly balanced practicality," said Soren Petersen, Senior Vice President, Nokia.

Today, Nokia released three spin-offs of the 6300 formula, the  Nokia 6700 classic, the Nokia 6303 classic and the Nokia 2700 classic.  "Our new arrival shares the same ‘DNA’ as its predecessor and we believe that it will be one of our best selling devices in 2009," says Petersen.

As with most model lines, there’s the high-end version, midrange and low-end.  Prices vary wildly and so do the peripheral features.  However the general appearance and functionality remain the same.

nokia 6700 classic

The Nokia 6700 combines smooth surfaces, rich materials and precisely crafted parts with a full metal keymat which completes the premium finish. Improving on all areas of its forerunner, the Nokia 6700 comes with a 5 megapixel camera, assisted GPS navigation with Nokia Maps, and high speed data access meaning sharing images or video is faster and easier than ever. At an estimated retail price of EUR 235, before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia 6700 addresses the original Nokia 6300 customer need and aspiration level perfectly.

nokia 6303 classic

At an estimated retail price of EUR 135, before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia 6303 classic is ideal for people that see the current value proposition of the Nokia 6300. The 3.2 megapixel camera comes to life on the large 2.2 inch screen, and with pre-loaded Nokia Maps, the Nokia 6303 combines a long list of features with excellent battery performance. Added to everything else, people can plug any music accessory into the standard 3.5 mm audio jack and have a fully fledged mobile music player able to carry thousands of their favorite tracks.

nokia 2700 classic

Rounding off the new arrivals is the Nokia 2700 classic which, at and estimated price of EUR 65 before taxes and subsidies, is one of Nokia’s most affordable, full featured handsets. Offering up to 2GB of storage via the memory card slot, the phone also has an integrated digital music player and a 2.0 megapixel camera, making it equally competent for imaging and music. "These features mean people can save, access and share files in hundreds of formats via Nokia’s online service, Share on Ovi, or a number of other websites. The rich features and simple interface mean that in many cases, the Nokia 2700 classic will provide its owner’s first Internet experience," concluded Petersen. All three devices are expected to ship in the second quarter of 2009. [Nokia Press Release]

Nokia sure does know what kind of phones to make.  With touchscreen and QWERTY smartphones making all the noise in the media, Nokia still sees that the bulk of the market would prefer to use a candy bar phone like these.  In the end, Nokia will make a couple of billion dollars and probably survive another recession while maintaining their status as the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer.