Nokia has just released its first ever Symbian powered handset packing a 1GHz processor the Nokia 500. However, the 500 is not a high-end handset, everyone expected it to be. It is just a mid-range Symbian phone, with a 1GHz CPU.
The 500 sports a measly 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen with nHD (360×640) resolution. At the back of the 500 is a 5MP full-focus (EDoF) camera. Sadly, the handset lacks an LED flash and a front-facing camera. Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, FM radio, microSD card slot, 3G/HSUPA and GPS with A-GPS.
The Nokia 500 runs on the latest version of Symbian, Anna, which features an improved web-browser and other UI enhancements. Like other Nokia handsets announced recently, the 500 also comes with Nokia Maps pre-loaded with free walk-&-drive navigation. The 500 is also capable of playing back music for up to 35 hours!
The Nokia 500 will be available in most regions of the world from the beginning of third quarter of this year. The handset will be available in black and white color, with user replaceable back covers of different colors. By the end of the year, the 500 will be available in more c0lors including purple, azure, blue, pink, red, orange and dark silver. The handset is expected to cost â‚¬150 before taxes and subsidies.
The official press release from Nokia does not state whether the 500 packs in a GPU, or not. It may very well be possible that Nokia ditched the GPU on the 500, in favor of a faster 1GHz processor.