Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Nokia Rolls Out Pair Of N Series Smartphones

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) announced a pair of smartphones that it said balance a mobile professional's business needs with robust multimedia functionality.

The Nokia N85 has a sliding form factor and sports a 2.6-inch OLED screen that can display up to 16 million colors. This should provide users with a rich, vibrant canvas to surf the Web, watch videos, or play videogames.

Users of the N85 will be able to check e-mail and browse the Internet through the built-in Wi-Fi or through the HSDPA 3G capabilities. The 3G connection can be used with the built-in GPS to provide turn-by-turn guidance, as well as location-based searches.

Additionally, Nokia is emphasizing the video, music, and gaming abilities of its latest handset. The smartphone can play multiple codecs, has a built-in FM tuner, and will come preloaded with 10 games from the company's N-Game platform. Users will be able to store videos and music on an included 8-GB microSD slot.

The N85 also has a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a dual LED flash. The smartphone measures in at 4.1 by 1.9 by 0.6 inches and weighs about 4.5 ounces. The N85 will cost about $666 before taxes or subsidies, and it is expected to ship in October.

The N79 handset will have similar features to the N85, but the company hopes to draw style-conscious customers with it. The handset has a candy bar form factor and is compatible with the company's swappable Xpress cover plates in multiple colors and styles.

The N79 also has integrated Wi-Fi, 3G network capabilities, and built-in GPS. The handset will also have a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a dual-LED flash. Users can geo-tag photos as well as upload them to online sharing sites like Flickr.

Nokia's N79 will have multimedia functionality with 24-hour music playback battery life, and Nokia will include a 4-GB microSD card for users to store their media. The N79 measures in at 4.3 by 1.9 by 0.5 inches and weighs about 3.4 ounces. It will cost about $518, and the company expects to begin shipping it in October.

From : http://www.informationweek.com/