Nokia boosts music range


Nokia has announced three new music handsets as it looks to extend the range of its Comes With Music compatible phones.

Including a slide-out QWERTY keypad, the 5730 XpressMusic (pictured left) is slated for launch in Q3 and looks to combine social media and music features in a mid-range device.

A Facebook application is included alongside Nokia’s own Ovi, Nokia Maps and N-Gage services.

Nokia has also announced the 5330 XpressMusic (pictured middle) scheduled for launch in Q2, which will also be Comes With Music compatible. Aiming for an “edgy” design, the handset includes customisable light effects to give the device a personal feel.

Both devices will be initially launched without the Comes With Music service, which will be added at a later date.

The final device, the 5030 (pictured right), is also expected to launch in Q2 and is an entry level music handset with a focus on its FM radio and is not expected to include the Comes With Music service.

Nokia devices senior marketing vice president Jo Harlow said: “We’ve sold more than 425 million devices with a digital music player and more than 700 million devices with an FM radio, which clearly shows that the mobile phone is the natural device for listening to the music and carrying it with you.”