Nokia rolled out high-end multimedia and gaming smartphones: the Nokia N85 and N79, slated for release for European 3.5G mobile networks this October; and a new North American edition of the existing N96, retooled to run on 3G networks in the US and Canada starting in the fourth quarter. All three of Nokia’s latest N-series smartphones will come with 5 megapixel cameras with Carl Zeiss optics; integrated Wi-Fi; and a three-month subscription for turn-by-turn GSP navigation with Nokia Maps.
Priced at around £360, the dual-sliding N85 offers a 2.6 OLED screen and an 8 GB memory card, and it should be the replacement for the N81, carrying over the N-Gage functionality of its predecessor. Here too, the camera would be upgraded to five megapixels, and the screen is upgraded to a 2.6-inch AMOLED. The N81 used a 2.4-inch QVGA screen.
Another change is that there may no longer be built in storage with the N85. Although it would still maintain the 8 GB capacity, its storage would be in the form of a removable microSD card like the N79. It is expected to be a 3G device as well, although reports indicate that the extent of international HSDPA support is not yet known.
Expected to sell for about £280, the candy bar-style N79 is equipped with a 4 GB memory card, along with Xpress-on covers and matching screen themes. The N79 is expected to replace the N78. Upgrades are from a 3.2 to 5 megapixel camera, which would also include a flash. Harkening back to the days of the ever-popular 5100 series phones, part of the case would be swappable, in this case the back cover. It will include a 4 GB microSD card for music storage, plus include 3G, GPS, and Wi-Fi functionality.
The Nokia N96, first unveiled earlier in 2008 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcehlona, will be released later this year for 3G HSPDA networks in North America, officials said.
Outfitted with a kickstand for easy hands-free viewing, the N96 is designed to store up to 40 GB of video content. The North American phone also offers a 2.8-inch screen, 16 MB of memory and expandable memory card, and integration with Nokia’s Ovi.
Priced at about $895 US dollars, the device will come with a voucher for the N-Gage racing game Asphalt 3, plus trial versions of four other N-Gage games.