Nokia outs trio of full QWERTY social handsets

Nokia has pulled the covers off of three new full-QWERTY handsets, all with a social networking focus and aimed at those on a budget.The Nokia C3 is t

Nokia has pulled the covers off of three new full-QWERTY handsets, all with a social networking focus and aimed at those on a budget.

The Nokia C3 is the first Symbian Series 40 device to pack a full QWERTY keyboard, and will allow users to access their social networks directly from their home screen.

It’ll also allows users to set up email and chat accounts on the phone, browse the internet via Wi-Fi, and packs a 2.4-inch screen, 2 megapixel camera and support for up to an 8GB memory card.

The previously-rumoured Nokia C6 has also been confirmed, and takes a few steps up in spec from the C3. Benefitting from a 3.2-inch screen, full slide-out keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash and Nokia’s Ovi Maps with free navigation, it also has access to the Ovi Store for access to thousands of apps.

Rounding off the trio is a new addition to the E Series, in the E5. Aimed at business types, the E5 aims to merge professional and personal lives by combining business features with social networking and entertainment features on one device.

Not only will you have access to the apps in Ovi Store, but you’ll also have access to works email through Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler.

UK prices haven’t been confirmed, but we know the C3 and C6 will be available in the “second quarter” of this year for EUR 90 and EUR 220 respectively, while the E5 will be available a little later in Q3 for EUR 180.

Still no sign of that rumoured X9, but do any of Nokia’s new budget handsets tickle your fancy? Let us know below.