Nokia today introduced a Multimedia Messaging phone, a new active category phone, a new model for its classic category, as well as three new Bluetooth accessories at the Nokia hosted Mobile Internet Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
Speaking at the press conference in Barcelona, Jorma Ollila, Chairman and CEO of Nokia, said:
“Today’s launch signifies a remarkable breakthrough in this industry. History has proven that advances in the way we communicate can give rise to entirely new communication cultures. Much like the transition from radio to TV, the evolution from text messaging to multi-media messaging marks a whole new era of mobile communications, combining images with sound and text. By the end of 2002, we expect more than half of all Nokia terminals will be MMS capable, and in 2003, MMS will be an integral feature in all new Nokia phones.”
Two new phone categories and a new business look
The Nokia 7650 is the company’s first product in its new imaging category. Featuring an inbuilt digital camera, multimedia messaging (MMS) functionality, an enhanced user interface, and large color display, the Nokia 7650 opens up new perspectives in personal communications. With MMS, users can combine audio-, graphic-, text- and imaging content in one message and send it to another multimedia messaging capable terminal or to the recipient’s email address. Deliveries of the Nokia 7650 will begin in Europe and Asia in the second quarter, 2002.
Nokia also announced a new active mobile phone category with the Nokia 5210 phone. Specifically designed for people with active lifestyles, the Nokia 5210 represents a totally new concept in Nokia’s portfolio, incorporating innovative materials, wearability options and improved durability. Features include a radically new removable shell design, a thermometer, and digital clock. Shipments are scheduled to begin in the first quarter, 2002.
The third phone unveiled by the company was the Nokia 6510, introducing a new design for the classic category. The Nokia 6510, which comes with a mobile wallet, encompasses a balanced set of features desired from a business phone, as well as the possibility to personalize the phone look with Xpress-on(TM) color covers. In addition, it has an FM radio. The Nokia 6510 is scheduled to start shipping in the first quarter, 2002.
Wireless accessories enabled by Bluetooth
Nokia also announced three new Bluetooth accessories providing users with cable-free connectivity to their mobile phones.The Nokia Wireless Headset, the Nokia Wireless Car Kit, and the Nokia Connectivity Card are compatible with the latest 1.1 version of the Bluetooth specification and will be available in Europe and Asia in the first quarter, 2002.
The same products were launched simultaneously at a parallel Colors of Life event in Hong Kong.