Nokia 500, the first 1GHz Symbian phone

We were initially sceptical when hearing things like ‘Nokia is now focussing on both Windows Phone 7 and Symbian’ going round the industry. However, with the plethora of Symbian Belle phones in the making, and now the company’s latest announcement of a new Symbian Anna device, the 500 (previously known as the Nokia Fate), things have certainly changed around a bit.

Looking just like the Nokia C5-03 and the Nokia X6, the Nokia 500 has something special in store – a 1GHz processor, making it the first Symbian phone to officially boast of that clock speed. Calling the phone a “low-cost, full-function smartphone,” Nokia has managed to keep the price down, with a MSRP of 150 Euros, excluding taxes. The Nokia 500 is expected to hit markets by the end of the third quarter, with a black body and six differently coloured back panels bundled. A white version is expected in Q4.

Other features of the phone include 256MB of RAM, a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with 640×360 resolution, a 5MP camera, as well as 3G (14.4Mbps HSDPA and 5Mbps HSUPA), Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR, and GPS (with A-GPS) connectivity. The phone also features a 3.5mm audio jack, stereo FM radio, a microUSB port, 2GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot that supports expansion up to 32GB. The Nokia 500 is also expected to be lightweight, at 93 grams – the same as the C5-03.

The Nokia 500 comes with quite a few apps bundled, from Shazam to Swype text input. Also onboard is free turn-by-turn voice navigation with Ovi Maps for 80 countries, and native Twitter and Facebook integration with the Social widget. Refer to Nokia’s 500 page for more information.

You can check out the rather corny videos of the Nokia 500 in action below. In the meanwhile, Nokia has also given a preview of the new version of the Symbian, called Belle, in a video demonstration on the Nokia N8. Stay tuned for more coverage on that in-depth look.

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