HMD’s new Nokia phone has a hidden charger for the headphones included

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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 included true wireless headphones. The company is far from the first to have had this idea (see 2019 R25 Servo as a recent example), but it’s remarkable to see the form factor attempted by a more established company with global reach.

The Nokia 5710 XpressAudio looks like a classic candy bar-style phone from the front, with a 2.4-inch screen and classic T9 keypad. But at the back there is a charging compartment, revealed with the slide of a plastic cover. The device will cost £74.99 (€69) and will be available in the UK at the end of July, although there’s no word on a US release.

The top back of the phone slides back to reveal the charging compartment.
Picture: HMD

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 enough battery life that it doesn’t seem like not that keeping accessories charged is a problem. HMD says the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio’s removable 1450mAh battery provides up to six hours of 4G talk time and up to 20 days of standby time with two 4G SIM cards inserted.

Since the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio is a feature phone, there’s no mention of support for modern music streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music. (It works on stripped back Series 30 Plus Operating System used in Nokia-branded phones for nearly a decade.) HMD is not rightly resurrecting the Nokia music services of yesteryear (they were bad). Instead, the device’s playback options are a little more old-fashioned and include the ability to play MP3s or listen to an integrated FM radio.

From left to right: the T10 tablet; the Nokia 8210 4G; the Nokia 2660 Flip; and the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio.
Picture: HMD

Besides the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio, HMD 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 cost £64.99 (€59), while the Nokia 2660 Flip will cost £64.99 (€69) and has an optional charging cradle which costs an additional £20 (€20). Both are available at the end of July.

Finally, there’s the Nokia T10, a smaller eight-inch Android tablet compared to the 10-inch T20 released last year. Prices start at £129 (€159) for a Wi-Fi-only model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which will be available in August.

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