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Nokia 500 Symbian smartphone unveiled

1GHz Symbian Anna handset offers speedy browsing

Nokia has launched its first 1GHz touchscreen smartphone and says it will be selling it in the UK from next month. The Nokia 500 has a 3.2in capacitive touchscreen, 2GB of onboard memory and can accept microSD expansion cards up to 32GB. The Nokia 500 runs the Symbian Anna mobile OS, come with Ovi Maps and have a faster web browser than is found on the current range of Nokia handsets. 

It will sport a 5Mp camera with video capture, have direct access to popular social media networks and built-in Wi-Fi but no 3G. Pitched as a lifestyle phone, it will have interchangeable covers (three in a pack) and customisable screens. 

The Nokia 500 weighs 93g with battery, measures 111x54x18mm and has a talktime of 7 hours on a GSM network (5 hours for CDMA versions). 

As well as capturing still photos, the handset can snag video, but at a fairly limited 15 frames per second. The 3.2in screen is also less pin-sharp than some handsets': it has a resolution of 640x360 pixels. 

Maps, a digital compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and accelerometer are all built-in. Personalisation options include a choice of coloured fascias, screensavers, wallpapers and phone themes. A range of apps and ringtones for the Nokia 500 can be downloaded from the Ovi Store. 

Music is one of the handset's key focuses. Though the call time of 7 hours seems rather average, Nokia says users can expect to be able to enjoy music on their phones for up to 35 hours before a recharge is required. That's an awfully long time to annoy fellow bus passengers with your choice of music, kids. 

The Nokia 500 will go onsale in the UK from mid-September and have a purchase price of just under £200. 

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