Rumours of an entry-level picture messaging handset have emerged ahead of Nokia’s major launch event tomorrow. Nokia will host a press conference to discuss new models, including the 3650, a less expensive version of its innovative 7650 smartphone. The 3650 is said to feature an integrated digital camera, Bluetooth, GPRS connectivity, J2ME-compatibility, MMS and a RealVideo client. It will operate on the Symbian OS and is expected in Q1 2003.
A relatively inexpensive Nokia handset with a colour screen and picture messaging capabilities could be the catalyst for mass-market adoption of MMS services across Europe. This would also represent a major boost for Symbian, helping to drive it towards the 15 – 20m handset licenses it requires to break even. PMN will be providing further comment on the strategic implications of Nokia’s announcements following the official launch tomorrow.
Originally published by PMN Mobile Industry Intelligence, the subscription-based analysis and insight platform founded by Marek Pawlowski.