Nokia E5, C3 & C6

Nokia has announced the launch of three new handsets – Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5. All three are full physical QWERTY phones with built in social networking integration. The Symbian phones would have access to all the apps on the Ovi Store.

Nokia C3 is a power packed budget phone and would be the first series 40 featuring a QWERTY. The phone features WiFi, 2MP camera, 2.4″ screen, Bluetooth, FM radio, 3.5mm headphone socket and microSD support upto 8GB. The phone comes pre-installed with Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat. The phone provides one-click access to social networks like Facebook and Twitter. It will be available in Q2 2010 for a price of EUR 90 ($120) in three colors – golden white, slate grey and hot pink. Guess Nokia has decided to counter the cheap phones by Spice, Maxx, Videocon and Samsung with this one!

Nokia C6 features a 3.2″ touchscreen with a slide-out QWERTY (that IMO takes inspiration from the N97 in design.) The phone supports multiple e-mail accounts and social networking platforms. The phone also provides access to Facebook feeds on the homescreen. The specifications include WiFi b/g and quadband UMTS/HSPA, 5MP autofocus camera with flash, front-facing camera for video calls, FM radio, Bluetooth and A-GPS. C6 would support Nokia’s free walk and drive navigation. It will be available in Q2 2010 for EUR 220 ($299).

Nokia E5 would fit into the business series of the phone. The S60V5 phone would feature built in WiFi, A-GPS, HSPA, bluetooth and 5 megapixel camera. It also provides direct access to over 90% of world’s corporate e-mail through Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler.  It too would feature Ovi Maps with free walk and drive navigation. It would be available in Q3 2010 for a price of EUR 180 ($245).

All these three phones pictures above have a soft touch and looks more like a Samsung product than Nokia. Will this help Nokia speed up and race ahead of the competition?