Nokia kicked off its new Cseries line of devices with the C5, a cheap smartphone that Nokia hopes will help it grow its market share as smartphones squeeze out mid-range devices.
The phone, which is tilted toward social networking via support for Facebook in its address book, will sell for around $183 before taxes and subsidies, and is expected to be released in the second quarter. The candybar phone runs Symbian S60 and has a 2.2-inch display, 3.2-megapixel camera and 2 GB of microSD storage. The device will be available "globally in Europe, Eurasia, SEAP, China and MEA," according to Nokia.
The world's No. 1 handset maker first hinted at its new line of handets last year, when it registered for the Cseries trademark in July. Nokia now has the Eseries for business users, Xseries for the youth market and Nseries for its most advanced smartphones. The company has said it plans to cut the number of smartphones it releases this year by half, and that almost all of them would have either a touchscreen, full keyboard or both.
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