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Nokia 5230: 5800XM gets a cheaper twin

Just announced — the Nokia 5230 looks like the old 5800 XpressMusic minus the WiFi feature and it’s not even under the XM series. Besides, the cheaper 5530 XM is already out.

So it looks like Nokia is bringing on the platoon with several full touchscreen phones this year. The 5800XM was still a bit on the expensive end but with the cheaper Nokia 5230 and the 5530XM, things should get interesting.

nokia 5230

The Nokia 5230 3.2 inch screen with a resolution of 360×640 pixels and supports handwriting recognition, an accelerometer and proximity sensor. There’s no WiFi but you get 3G/HSDPA 3.6Mbps, AGPS, Bluetooth and FM Tuner. For most phone users, lack of WiFi is a deal-breaker.


Battery is rated at 1320mAh. Internal storage is only 70MB but you can plug in up to 16GB of microSD card.

Coming out at the end of the year, and according to GSM Arena, the Nokia 5230 could fetch somewhere around Php10 to Php11k.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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43 Responses

  1. Gugol says:

    still can’t wait for the 5530… in my case, i prefer wifi over 3G.

  2. william says:

    definitely wifi over 3g!

  3. No wifi = no buy! for me

  4. JCF says:

    Phones with support for wifi and 3g is better. That’s how you would appreciate mobile connectivity better.

  5. iSG says:

    360×640 pixels? – oohhh I like that. But I think I’ll wait for Aino and Satio.

  6. wha.tm. says:

    Wow! a price range between ten and eleven thou. khit walang wifi or 3g ok na. mid range pinoy lang naman ako. kya ok na olrite yan. priced like the samsung star and lg cookie. bring on those touch screen phones.

  7. jdGONEMAD says:

    ang girlie naman ng mga kulay.

  8. Jill says:

    That’s it! Keep those mid-priced phones coming. Wifi is not such an earthshaking loss if you think about it. 3G/HSDPA’s fine, no problem.

    I’m not easily impressed by all the specs trumpeted by those manufactures. They add some features, and boom – we all go gaga. Haven’t they made their minds up yet what a mobile phone should be?

    If they would incorporate a microwave oven into one of those devices, then I would really take notice and queue to the nearest store. Imagine running the device over a whole chicken and voila, roasted chicken for dinner! Now, there’s high-tech!

    Then I would call my mother, and invite her for barbecues next Sunday.

  9. Boffill says:

    Hiyay. Wala nang ibang kulay? :D

  10. Nikon Anthony says:

    i think there is something wrong in the blog…. Just announced, the Nokia 5230 looks like the old 5800 XpressMusic minus the WiFi feature and it’s not even under the XM series. Besides, the cheaper 5530 XM is already out. the 5530 instead 5230….

  11. manong says:

    video call feature is important to me so i prefer 3g over wifi if i were to choose. besides, we’re still talking about a phone not a netbook, right? however, it seems n5230 doesn’t have a secondary camera = no video call?

  12. Edgar says:

    If this would be released by year’s end yet, would the rest of the pack have their own versions lurking somewhere? You know (hi, manny!!), price, specs and all.

  13. drealmarlon says:

    mga tech guys mas maganda ba ito pang internet browser kaysa lg cookie?pwede ba magamit yung sun broadband sim dito para pang internet surf?

  14. emenyueru says:

    @Nikon Anthony

    I think its correct, yuga is referring to a different phone when he said 5530XM, follow the link to see the phone :)

    I think more people will prefer 5530 than this. But the new N900 looks a lot cooler, hope i have the money to buy that

  15. Eka says:

    Okay sana kaso lang walang WiFi.

  16. La Reyn says:

    I like its pink color but I’m sad because it doesn’t support WiFi.

  17. Nikon Anthony says:

    i want a wifi phone

  18. no wifi? ok! $100 is the right price – we’re not stupid like you!

  19. I just love nokia products, they are very innovative.

  20. JA says:

    i think il go for wi fi rather than 3g..:)

  21. Khan Tan says:

    I can live without wifi, 3.2 inches is too small for me for surfing the internet, I perfer surfing on a laptop.
    But I need the price @7T or lower.

  22. screenshot says:

    5230, is fine for me, basta cheaper and 3g O.K. n sa akin i have broadband nmn sa bahay eh. Di kc pede maglaro sa phone ng MMORPG! HeHeHe!!!

  23. tyki says:

    wala atang flash? Y_Y id still go for 5530 kahit single led lang , ok sana yung 5800 just hate the design parang kabaong specially yung likod ugh ugly sana ginawa na rin nilang 3.2″ un screen ng 5530 whew

  24. kupalero says:

    dito sa bundok samin wlang WiFi kya ok skin 2 ng tribu ko! wowowowowowowowowo.

  25. Jayson says:

    Awts,,, nakita ko ito sa SM CEBU, nakadisplay na, price was 7990pesos tapos nainterested ako kasi kamukha nya ung Nokia 5800XM.. :D Sana sa Manila mas cheap kasi matatagalan ako bago umuwi sa Cebu. :D

  26. Mark says:

    I’m looking forward to have this.

    May nakita ako kahapon sa mall, P8,250 kaso hindi ko maalala kung 5530 or 5230. Nakakalito kasi pero I guess it’s 5230 since it’s a bit cheaper than 5530.

    I prefer wifi over 3g, but I’ll be needing a wireless router and I don’t have extra money for that so I’ll stick with this one. :D

  27. Andrew says:

    I just bought the 5230 yesterday. :) Pretty cool. So what if wala syang wifi, at 8,000 pesos with 3.5G, its pretty cool na.

  28. thine says:

    just bought my 5230 last week, i had the white and red one,its cool.it rili is the 5800 lil sister-09235559970

  29. hubes says:

    what store meron selling at 8,000? cheapest I saw was 9,999 pesos

  30. Jayson says:

    Sa Shangri La sa shaw boulevard, mandaluyong sa foodcourt, may cp shop dun 8600 pag cash and 9800 if credit card, sa abenson naman 12.8k tsk :|

  31. jeniverre says:

    last2x year nagkacrush ak0w sa 5610 kala k0w s60, aun binili k0w 13k, taz s40 pla. nabr0ken hearted 2loy ak0w. n0w this year, im definitely g0na buy 5230 8k lng. d na ak0w mal0l0ko mey alam na ak0w sa mga f0n n0w. hahahaha bobbaaaa k0w

  32. Odri says:

    I’m planning to swap my Samsung S5603 for this phone. Mas gusto ko yung interface ng phone na to compare sa samsung, sana pala ito na lang binili ko. Hay nasa huli talaga ang pagsisisi.

  33. gab says:

    I’m a high school student and this phone is enough for me. Ive been using this for 2 weeks already and wala akong panghihinayang and its price is very affordable! 7900 lang dun sa 1st Edgecom sa SM Southmall Las Pinas na pinagbilan ko.

  34. AngeLa says:

    san po ba pwede bumili nito?

  35. zip says:

    i like it..mas gusto ko na ung 3g kesa sa wi-fi..

  36. Jehgan says:

    I had it 6,980.00 nabili ko sa SM North Annex. Nokia warranty, 2gb micro sd. Kaupdate ko lang din ng firmware niya. Kinetic scrolling na sya and improved na din ang kanyang sound quality. Well wala siyang quickoffice at pdf reader pero nakahanap naman ako sa net. So far ok naman performance nya. Di naman siyang naglalag. Nakakastream din ako ng GMA. All in all, it is a decent phone depende lang talaga kung paano gamitin.

  37. Anne says:

    Hi jeghan! anong store sa SM North mo binili?

  38. Jehgan says:

    @anne hmmm… it think the store was fone style.

  39. yulianti says:

    what a difference 5230 and 5230 XPmusic?

  40. mav says:

    how much na po kaya now ito im planning to buy kc as a xmas gift to myself…talagang tap lang ba para mag type sa screen kc sabi nila sa blackberry storm 1 dapat daw depress mo ung screen ng bb kc pag tap lang ayaw gumana kaya ask ko kung true po?

  41. …d ko po now magamit 5530 ko…d po xe ako mkpagxend,,huhuhu….nkkpag balance inquiry nmn..nkk call nmn po…why d ako mkpagsend????help!!!

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