HMD has announced a trio of new Nokia feature phones, including the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio, which has a built-in charging case for a pair of true wireless earbuds. The company is far from the first for the idea (look at 2019’s Servo R25 as a recent example), but it’s remarkable to see the form factor attempted by a more established company with a global reach.
The Nokia 5710 XpressAudio looks like a regular candy bar-style feature phone from the front, with a 2.4-inch display and the classic T9 keypad. But at the back, there is a charging compartment, which is shown with a slide of plastic cover. The device will retail for £74.99 (€69) and will be available in the UK at the end of July, although there is no word on a US release.
The true wireless earbuds offer up to four hours of music playback per charge, or 2.4 hours of talk time, and the phone itself has such a long battery life that it doesn’t look like keeping accessories charged will be a problem. HMD says the removable 1,450mAh battery of the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio provides up to six hours of talk time on 4G and up to 20 days of standby with two 4G SIM cards inserted.
Since the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio is a feature phone, there is no mention of support for modern music streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music. (It runs on the stripped-back Series 30 Plus operating system used in Nokia-branded phones for nearly a decade.) HMD isn’t reviving the Nokia music services of old (they were bad). Instead, the device’s playback options are a bit old-fashioned and include the ability to play MP3s or listen to a built-in FM radio.
Along with the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio, HMD has also announced the Nokia 8210 4G feature phone (based on the classic Nokia 8210 released in 1999) and a flip phone called the Nokia 2660 Flip. The 8210 4G will retail for £64.99 (€59), while the Nokia 2660 Flip will cost £64.99 (€69) and has an optional charging cradle that costs an additional £20 (€20). Both are available at the end of July.
Finally, there’s the Nokia T10, which is an eight-inch smaller Android tablet than the 10-inch T20 that was released last year. Prices start at £129 (€159) for the Wi-Fi model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, available in August.