Nokia to launch Astound for $79 on T-Mobile
The new Symbian-based 3G touchscreen smartphone Astound, revealed by Nokia at the CTIA convention, will be accessible from April 6 for 3G HSPA network of T-Mobile.
The first Symbian 3.1 device by Nokia in the U.S. will cost around $79.99, and it will be available through T-Mobile stores and retailers like Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Target Mobile locations and Walmart with a service agreement of two years.
Features of new smartphone Astound
The Astound is designed with high-end smartphone features as well as GPS, integrated maps and an algorithm for route-calculation just like other select phones from different companies, in order to increase its demand as a portable navigation device (PND).
It has a thin, damage-preventive Gorilla Glass layer over its 3.5-inch capacitive-touch AMOLED display.
Its other features include 720p HD video capture, an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, 3 homescreens that can be customized easily, a bunch of preloaded music, video and applications such as the Fruit Ninja game, Slacker Radio etc.
The company is offering this superior stainless-steel device at an affordable price, with access to lots of apps via Nokia's Ovi Store.
Besides all this, you will also get Ovi Maps for nearly 80 countries including the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, at free of cost. This facility in various languages will be given for voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation.
Statements of authorities
Andrew Morrison, product management VP for T-Mobile said, “T-Mobile continues to make owning a smartphone easy and affordable. Offering the features of a high-end smartphone at a great price, the Nokia Astound is sure to appeal to a broad array of consumers."
Astound is an "alternative" smartphone, "unlike anything in its price point”, says Nokia sales VP, Mark Slater.