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Nokia 6790 Surge

Jul 13, 2009
Market status
Release date
Jul 19, 2009

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T


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  • Lacks Wi-Fi
  • Low pixel density screen (167 ppi)
  • Too little RAM memory (128 MB RAM)
  • Low resolution display (240 x 320 pixels)
  • Low-resolution camera (2 megapixels)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment
  • No front-facing camera




Nokia 6790 Surge is a futuristic looking side-slider GSM smarthphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. It runs on the Symbian 9.3, S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2 OS and sports a 2-megapixel camera, GPS and a 2.5 mm jack.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Symbian (9.3) S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
  • Dimensions:
    • 3.84 x 2.28 x 0.61 inches (97.6 x 58 x 15.6 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.38 oz (124 g)
      the average is 5.2 oz (150 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 2.4 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 240 x 320 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 167 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 31.58 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216


  • Camera:
      • 2 megapixels
    • Features:
      • Digital zoom, Self-timer
    • Settings:
      • White balance presets
    • Shooting Modes:
      • Burst mode, Effects
  • Camcorder:
      • Yes
    • Features:
      • Video sharing


  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 128 MB RAM / 256 MB ROM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 0.12 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC


  • Talk time:
    • 5.00 hours
      the average is 15 h (884 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 16.7 days (400 hours)
      the average is 18 days (425 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 4.00 hours
      the average is 15 h (913 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 16.7 days (400 hours)
      the average is 24 days (580 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 17.00 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 1500 mAh


  • Radio:
      • FM

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • S60 OSS Browser


  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, SyncML

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording


  • Officially announced:
    • 13 Jul 2009

To see the full specifications with in-depth details click here.

This device is also known as Nokia Mako

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