The Nokia 5710 XpressAudio phone with its earbuds in the back.
It’s definitely one of the most unusual phones we’ve seen in a while, and it’s great to see HMD Global (the company which owns the Nokia brand) come up with fun twists on forgotten classic phones. Nokia used the XpressMusic brand on phones designed with music in mind during the mid-to-late 2000s, and they often featured specific physical music player controls on the body. The 5710 XpressAudio takes the music-focused concept, then adds a tantalizing modern extra into the mix.
Why not make the case that true wireless headphones always come in into a phone? With the new Nokia 5710 XpressAudio, another vintage classic from Nokia’s library modernised for today, HMD Global is attempting to do just that. This time, you get a feature phone that looks ordinary but has a back slide-down panel that, when unlocked, shows a useful set of real wireless headphones. The earbuds are kept charged when inserted into the phone, just like in every other case for true wireless headphones.
The 5710 XpressAudio itself is a feature phone and not a smartphone. It runs Nokia’s S30+ software and has a 4G modem inside to go along with its Unisoc T107 processor. The 2.4-inch screen has a QVGA resolution, there’s a VGA camera on the back, and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the body. The 1,450mAh battery has a small capacity but could last for 20 days when connected to a 4G network. This unusual feature phone will be released in the U.K. during July in either a red/black or red/white color scheme for just 75 British pounds (about $90). Not bad, considering you get some wireless earbuds and a phone. The Nokia 5710 XpressAudio is one of three new feature phones from Nokia, but none are quite so interesting.
Remove the headphones from the phone and you’ll get about four hours of total use from the battery, or about two-and-a-half hours of total talk time. All you need to do is pop them back inside the 5710 for a recharge, although HMD Global hasn’t stated how long this will take, or if there is a fast charge system in case you need them in a hurry. They’re not high-spec earbuds either, so don’t expect features like active noise cancellation (ANC).
The 8210 4G recalls the old Nokia 8210 from 1999, and comes with a 4G connection and a 2.8-inch screen, while the Nokia 2660 Flip is designed for those who want larger keys and an ergonomic design that brings the speaker closer to the ear. In addition to the three feature phones, Nokia has also announced a new tablet, the Nokia T10.