Nokia C5: Smartphone for the Masses?

Nokia C5: Smartphone for the Masses?

Nokia’s new C-Series phone is out with its first model — the Nokia C5, powered by S60 platform which we normally see in high-end, full-featured smartphones from Nokia.

Nokia C5
2.2″ screen @ 240×320 pixels
up to 16GB via microSD (2GB included)
HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps
Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
3.15MP autofocus camera, LED flash
Symbian OS v9.3 Series 60 rel. 3.2
Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS with aGPS support and Ovi Maps 3.0


What’s conspicuously missing is WiFi connectivity. Li-Ion battery is also rated at just 860mAh.

Is the Nokia C5 an attempt to bring the smartphone to the masses? If the expected retail price of Php8,500 is any indication, it looks like it. Should be out before end of 2nd quarter.

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

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62 Responses

  1. Dan The Beast says:

    not bad at all! and you can never use the full potential of a smartphone unless you are running on a telco plan.

  2. MyMaria says:

    sweet! i’ll probably get one myself… the telcos will surely give it as free phones with their plans!

  3. Wekie says:

    Is it already available at all Nokia Shops?

  4. onealberto says:

    awww :( its lacking something… the wifi.

  5. 8.5k? Not bad at all.

  6. IC DeaDPiPoL says:

    Was thinking it was still pricy till I’ve noticed its also a pocket GPS which makes it quite handy.

  7. dan says:

    wow, it reminds me the C5 extension project. but yeah lack of wifi connectivity makes me disregard that phone.

  8. Jon says:

    Wow, impressive. Only if it weren’t running Symbian. Those who have used S60 and other Symbian-based phones know that they tend to slow down really after a while.

    Too bad there’s no Wifi, however, with most telcos offering unlimited browsing, it may not be that bad. You’d have to spend a few extra bucks every now and then if you want to surf or maybe signup for an unlimited data plan.

  9. jab says:

    with a 2.2″ screen i think browsing the web is out of the question… maybe that’s why wifi isn’t integrated since it’s mostly going to be used for mobile chat or GPS…

  10. StrayArrow says:

    No wifi is like a pebble on your shoe, it might be a small thing to some but its really bothers you but for 8.5 k it might be a a good deal… not for my wishlist…

  11. Ardz says:

    This may be the cheapest GPS device available in the market especially with the maps being free for life.

  12. @bi3L says:

    of course you can never have it all.. specially to on the price. :) I guess this is something to introduce people to smart phone and allow them to learn that a smart phone is not that totally different from a regular Nokia phone. Then eventually they will buy that fully featured smart phones.

  13. Jhay says:

    No WiFi?! Now that sucks! Plus the small screen is just not enough for web browsing.

    Though it would be useful for sending Tweets almost 24/7 thanks to the unlimited data plans now offered.

  14. ryan says:

    no wifi? not worth it for me then

  15. Cseries for Core series. the mid-specs phone of Nokia. Probably there will be an enable wifi cseries this year when Nokia Event kicks off.

  16. BungeeJump says:

    With aGPS support.. not bad at all.

  17. this is a looker! one question though, with the acceptance of dual-active sims, why won’t nokia bring it to their phones? A good number of professionals who switched networks or numbers would atleast want the old number active while being able to attend to both everyday! Why not, Nokia?

  18. deus says:

    Sweet! No wifi is a downer though.

  19. Laess Apolo says:

    wow, smartphone for the masses. just as when all the world is turning to pda phones.

  20. Jovz says:

    no wifi is no biggie, imo. i’d rather have hsdpa over wifi since its a lot cheaper and easier to access than wifi hotspots. but then again, most SM Malls now offer free wifi, hehehe.

  21. Miguel says:

    I guess Yugatech readers are not the market. This is an upgrade to the 6120c (already on S60) and the other Series 40 phones. I for one still prefer candybars.

  22. whoa says:

    @Dan – you are wrong. i’ve been using smartphones since 2003 and i’ve never been in any plan since. right now, i am using my smartphone in just about anything i do with my laptop.

    to everyone – no wifi? goodness, it has 3.5G and if that is not good enough for you then move on. ang mura lang ng 3G sa pinas, 5 pesos sa 15 minutes. tapos ang globe may plan na 50 pesos sa whole day. saan ka pa?!

  23. josengSISIW says:


  24. Darren says:

    nice spec!!!

  25. hatter says:

    They’re probably banking on SOMEONE ELSE’s connection (free Wifi) rather than pay for it even if it’s that cheap.

  26. NemOry says:

    ayos na cp to

  27. anonymous says:

    what’s so smart about this C-series? I mean, what features do a smartphone should have? no wifi? i guess this ain’t smart after all ;)

  28. whoa says:


    OS! operating system. do your research! you are just one click away from google. you aren’t so smart afterall.

  29. Weh d nga says:

    Eh anu if ala wifi? Free browse tayo.

  30. tetchie says:

    looks nice (is it thin as it looks?), and with reasonable price but would have preferred a phone with longer battery life

  31. Roland says:

    Okay na sana, kaya lang ang iksi ng battery life.

  32. ala lang says:

    C stands for consumer, kaya nga pang masa ang c-50 e

  33. Actually the 8.5K is already a value for money for that phone, the thing is there is also a cheaper phone like Nokia 5230 which looks better than this C5 smartphone.

    The Nokia 5230 Is A Versatile Handset

    Check this blog for details of Nokia 5230

  34. allan says:

    for 8.5k? i think i will still go for china made blackberry phones with mine for 380dirhams or 4.5k php. with wifi and gps connectivity,w/ shortcuts for facebook,google, msn,yahoo search,imi chat, yahoo messenger and an opera mini as a also has 2 active standby sim slots, an FM radio, and a push email. eto pa ang malupit, pwede ring gawing TV. hehehe san ka pa?

  35. Diego Gabriel Araga says:

    i need to know stores with this phone and price near the price above.

  36. Pao says:

    i love this phone.., it looks really nice.., and have great features.., ok lng din khit wlang wifi ayoko nmn nun eh..

  37. rbsoriano says:

    Hope you could review this phone. This is a promising “bestseller”, just like N6300 years ago.

  38. bratinela says:

    i have this! just got it last sunday july 18,2010. got it for P7,500 at Angeles City.battery lasted me 3 days. ginagamit ko lng png txt at konting twag. ok lng kht wla wifi my samsung star has wifi naman.

  39. gray says:

    will the frequent use of this phone as modem damage it?

  40. Mr. Whut Whut Whut says:

    awwwwwwww…Wi-fi….well that sucks. I use wi-fi more than texting!

    What a pity :/

  41. Ejay09 says:

    dude??? here in Philippines, no wifi doesn’t matter at all. wanna know why??? ‘coz when you’re using Globe Sim and when you know free internet tricks, then this 3.5G that this phone has, 8K won’t be a waste !! i’m using Nokia C5 ryt now. COOL !! free browsing and free streaming flash videos..

  42. ninz says:

    I want this phone.:/ but I only have 5k can’t afford right now.:/

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