Nokia Connection 2010

Hands-on with the Nokia X5

Hands-on with the Nokia X5

The Nokia X5 got our attention immediately for one reason - its off-the-track square form factor. Similar to the Motorola Flipout, the X5 also has a physical QWERTY keyboard underneath its 2.36-inch screen. Accessing it requires you to slide the display upwards, revealing a keyboard that's similar in design to the E-series devices. The X5 is slightly on the thicker side with a 16.8mm girth. While we didn't quite like this form-factor, your personal preferences may vary. Looking deeper, you'll find the Symbian S60 version 3 platform powering this squarish device. As such, you'll get the usual suite of Ovi services.

The Nokia X5 is a tad too thick for our liking.

While it might have the X-series label, the X5 shares a similar keyboard layout to the one seen on the Nokia E72.

The microUSB port is used for both data transfers and charging with the Nokia X5.

The X5 falls under the music-centric category, and during the demonstration, we noticed how the X5 utilizes its accelerometer and shuffles tracks when you spin the device. Is it useful? Maybe, but is it going to be a hit amongst its young user demographic? We have our doubts. From what we've heard at Nokia Connections, Comes with Music, Nokia's unlimited music download service from Nokia Music Store, will be bundled within. This is only applicable for selected markets, which will be made known at a later date.

The Nokia X5 will also be available by Q3 2010 at an estimated price of 165 euros (~S$330) before taxes and subsidy. Indonesia will be the first country in the global arena to receive the X5, followed by other countries in the ensuing months. According to Nokia, Indonesia is a suitable choice for the X5's targeted demographic, mainly the young and trendy crowd that will yearn to show off the unique colors and design of the device.

Nokia X5

Key highlights of the Nokia X5

  • Symbian S60 version 3
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • 2.36-inch screen / 240 x 320 pixels
  • 5-megapixel Carl-Zeiss lens
  • LED flash



Upgrading the Nokia X6

One of the earlier launched X-series devices, the Nokia X6, gets a slight hardware upgrade within. Allowing you to get more content on your device, the new Nokia X6 8GB is, as its name implies, comes with 8GB of internal storage. The Nokia X6 8GB is also available by Q3 2010 for the price of 225 euros (~S$550).

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