Nokia India launches touch screen enabled handsets
CHENNAI: Mobile handset major Nokia India today launched touch screen enabled handset devices, triggering competition in that segment.
"By 2012, 40 per cent of mobile devices will have touch "sensitive" screen and the market size (of touch screen models) would reach 90 million devices, Nokia Regional General Manager (South) T S Sridhar, citing a report said.
He said the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic is from the same platform as Nokia 5800. Compared to the earlier version which had the option of customising only four contacts,the new model would have 20 customised contacts, he said.
The phone, with a stainless steel frame finish, is priced at Rs 14,029. Targeting consumers who are keen to experience the touch interface, Nokia also launched Nokia 5230 priced at Rs 9,389.
The 5230 is "3G" enabled has a two mega-pixel camera and comes with onscreen "QWERTY" keypad. Both devices are expected to hit the market by last week of December.
Noted play back singer Shalini launched the phones. Nokia launched its first touch screen device Nokia 7710 in the fourth quarter of 2004.
Currently the company offers 5800 Xpress Music, N97 and N97 "Mini" models. On the other hand, Sony Ericsson Hazel is all set to be launched in market followed by HTC HD2.