Nokia launches C3, C6 & E5 messaging & social networking handsets [updated]

by Ben Smith on 13th April 2010

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Nokia are announcing 3 new handsets at a global virtual event this morning – the C3, C6 and E5.  All three come with full QWERTY keyboards and are focused on messaging and social networking applications with software add-ons to support these features. Using the recently-revised naming system, the ‘C’ range is consumer-focused with the ‘E’ range business-focused, but the devices have more in common than the naming suggests.

The C3 and E5 follow in the footsteps of the popular E71 form-factor whilst the C6 is a touch-screen slider with a full QWERTY keyboard hidden behind the screen.  The C3 is the first full QWERTY keyboard device from Nokia running the Series 40 platform used for ‘feature phones’. The C6 and E5 both run the S60 ‘smartphone’ platform (in it’s ‘touch’ and ‘non-touch’ variants respectively) and so ship with the (now free) Ovi Maps 3 in addition to the messaging features.

Need To Know

  • The time between announcement and launch is being reduced – it’s 3 months (Q2) for the C-series devices and 6 months (Q3) for the E5.
  • The C3 and C5 add additional options to Nokia’s range. The E5 is better specified than the E63, but replaces it. The E72 will continue to ship.
  • This announcement will also signal the graduation of Nokia Messaging for Social Networks from the beta labs to shipping devices.
  • These additions provide QWERTY options across the entire range now – basic feature phones (C3) to high end ‘mobile computers’ (N900).
  • This doesn’t introduce the anticipated Symbian^3 platform, but there are more devices planned for launch later in the year.
  • The introduction of Series 40 into the ‘consumer’ C-series will be a continuing theme as devices are ranged by letter (target customer) and number (capability, where higher is more capable). The existing 4-digit numbering for some ranges will be phased out.

C3

  • €90 before tax or subsidy.
  • Ships with Ovi Chat, Ovi Mail and new social networking features.
  • WiFi with ‘browser-less’ hotspot authentication.
  • Includes Opera Mini.
  • 2MP camera
  • 320 x 240 pixel display (same resolution as E71)
  • 55MB internal memory and up-to 8GB external memory via a microSD card
  • FM Radio and 3.5mm headphone socket
  • 1320mAh battery (same as 5800) giving 20 days standby.
  • 63.2cc and 114g (slightly smaller and lighter than an E71).
  • Full specifications sheet (pdf) and video.

C6

  • €220 before tax or subsidy.
  • 4-row QWERTY keyboard with centred space-bar and D-pad on right.
  • Ships with Ovi Chat, Ovi Mail (including new social networking features) and Ovi Maps 3.
  • Supports Ovi Store and Ovi Music.
  • 5MP camera with LED flash
  • 3.2 inch 16:9 (640 x 360 pixel) resistive touch-screen (same as 5800)
  • 200MB internal memory and up-to 16GB external memory via a microSD card
  • WiFi
  • Assisted GPS.
  • FM Radio and 3.5mm headphone socket
  • 1200mAh battery giving 16 days standby.
  • 80cc and 150g (close volume of 5800 and same weight as an N97).
  • Full specifications sheet (pdf) and video.

E5

  • €180 before tax or subsidy.
  • Ships with Ovi Chat, Ovi Mail (including new social networking features) and Ovi Maps 3.
  • Supports Ovi Store and Ovi Music.
  • Supports business mail from Exchange and Lotus servers
  • 5MP camera with LED flash
  • 320 x 240 pixel display (same resolution as E71)
  • 250MB internal memory and up-to 16GB external memory via a microSD card
  • WiFi
  • Assisted GPS.
  • FM Radio and 3.5mm headphone socket
  • 1200mAh battery giving 29 days standby.
  • 75cc and 125g (thicker and wider than the E71 producing about 10% extra volume, but close to the same weight).
  • Full specifications sheet (pdf) and video.


Flickr set with more images

Updated with revised specification sheets, added video links and corrected a typo. Many thanks to Stephen Wing for his help.

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