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Nokia C5 announced: Candybar “smart phone”

It’s been a long time coming, but Nokia has finally revealed the C5 handset, describing it as “a smartphone optimized for social networking and sharing”. It doesn’t look like a traditional smart phone though, taking its style cues from the phenomenally popular Nokia 6300 and meeting the business-like E72 somewhere halfway.

Encouraging you to be as sociable as possible, the C5 will let you set your favourite contacts as icons on the homescreen, see Facebook statuses in the phonebook and have easy access to Facebook and MySpace, among other sites. Email is standard, naturally, but you’ll also have instant messaging too. Uploading images to your social networks is said to be ‘effortless’ thanks to the high speed connection and 3.2-megapixel camera on board. It’ll also come with 2GB memory card in the box and, of course, will come pre-loaded with Ovi Maps and walk and drive navigation.

The C Series is set to become Nokia’s flagship range, with a serious focus on social interaction between friends and family – we thought that’s what mobile phones were all about anyway, but we guess it means that the handsets will concentrate more on the play side of things than work.

Although the C5 doesn’t have a firm release date yet, Nokia is hoping to see the C5 hit the shelves between April and June 2010, retailing at around around £120 (€135). Keep an eye out for news of the rest of the C Series as we get it.

Update: Symbian World has just posted a hands-on video (below) of the Nokia C5 to YouTube.