Nokia has today launched its lowest ranked device in the Xseries line-up in the form of the bold, bright and very loud Nokia X1-00. This music lovers’ handset sports a huge speaker on the back of the device rated at 106 phon, apparently enough volume to rattle your window frame. With an estimated retail price of around €35 EUR, the Nokia X1 will be available in select markets in April. Hit the jump to find out more.
The Nokia X1-00‘s loudness is one of its key features as its designed for markets with high ambient noise levels. But not only is it rated at 106 phon – the measurement of perceived loudness – the frequency response has also been tweaked to ensure the sound remains undistorted at higher volumes, unlike most mobile phones.
The Nokia X1-00 has a 3.5 mm audio jack, three music-orientated hardware keys, a nifty single-key playlist creator and also support for MicroSD memory cards for extra music storage up to 16GB. With an integrated FM radio also crammed into the Nokia X1, this handset can be used as stereo on the go.
Also making a welcome reappearance is the dedicated torch on the device. This is fairly rare in devices intended for Western cities, where there’s always some ambient light, but pretty important if you live in a place where the power supply is unreliable or where there is no electricity at all. For similar reasons, the standby battery life is rated at a whopping 61 days max.
Another unusual feature is provision for up to five phone books. Why would anyone want that? Because this is a phone that might be shared between an entire family or even neighbours. Less than €35 EUR isn’t very expensive for people in Western markets, but if you can divide that five ways, then it becomes accessible to people for whom that’s nearly a month’s salary.
This is super-inexpensive handset uses the Series 30 operating system, so it’s got the basics people need. With a souped-up music player app, calendar, clock, calculator, pre-loaded games and so on, in a device that measures 112.2 x 47.3 x 16 mm and weighs 91 g, the Nokia X1-00 has the potential of selling very well in the low end markets.Tags | 2011, Announcement, April, Breaking News, Launch, Music, Nokia, Press Release, Sound, X-Series, X1, X1-00, Xseries