Alongside the monolithic N9, Nokia also announced a trio of affordable mid-rangers this morning; the Nokia C2-02, C2-03 and the C2-06.
All three phones run on a touchscreen version of Symbian Series 40 that appears to have borrowed some visual cues from Symbian Anna – the app icons in the press images all have those rounded square icon shapes which we understand Nokia refers to as ‘squircles’ internally. Cute.
Both the Nokia C2-02 and C2-03 are touchscreen phones with a slide out 12-key pad – the latest variation on Nokia’s Touch and Type range of phones. What next, a flip phone with a touchscreen?
The C2-02 and C2-03 feature 2-megapixel cameras and come with Nokia Maps pre-installed, along with Facebook, Twitter and Flickr via Nokia’s Communications app.
The spec sheets for both of these phones mention that a ‘Nokia Stylus’ comes included, suggesting that the screens are of the resistive kind. Boo.
The only real difference between the two is that the C2-03 is comes with a dual SIM slot and that you can insert microSD’s without having to take the battery out. Dual SIM phones are more popular in Eastern markets and less common here in the UK – chances are we might not see the C2-03 on these shores.
No specs have emerged for the Nokia C2-06 as of yet – our guess is that it’s a touchscreen only version of the C2-02, judging by the press images. There could be a slide-out compartment hiding in there somewhere though.
Prices for the phones have been given in Euros; the C2-02 and C2-03 are priced at €75 which currently works out at around £66. The C2-06 costs €80 or around £81 – let’s hope that the £5 difference means that the C2-06 has a capacitive screen.
The phones are due to arrive Q3 this year, but no set date has been given for any of these yet. We’ll keep you posted as we hear further updates on this.