Nokia announces N93i and N76 smartphones, N800 tab
Here at the CES 2007 at Las Vegas, Nokia announced three new phones and a successor of their internet tablet (770) operating on Linux. The leading manufacturer expands its multimedia-oriented Smartphone line with two additional clamshells that greatly reduce the dimensions when compared to their predecessors, which greatest drawbacks was the pocket-unfriendly size. In addition, the NFC version of already well known phone, will be one of the first attempts to integrate the new technology into mobiles, starting from a mass-seller, segment from the middle class.
Nokia N93i upgrades the N93, as it can be seen from its name; it's not real successor as it packs almost the same functionality, but in smaller dimensions. When you put the two phones next to each other, the difference can be easily noticed:
4.25" x 2.28" x 1
108 x 58 x 25
4.65" x 2.18" x 1.1"
118 x 55.5 x 28
The N93i uses the same form-factor as its bigger brother clamshell with swiveling display that is put in landscape orientation while using the phone as a camera or camcorder. This display has exactly the same specifications QVGA 320x240 pixels resolution and 16 million colors, just as the camera 3-megapixel auto-focus unit with 3x optical zoom and Carl Zeiss lens, which is also capable of recording video with VGA 640x480 pixels resolution at 30 frames. We only hope that the new version will perform better, since the N93 finished last in our 3-megapixel camera comparison. The Symbian Smartphone has multimedia players and radio, 50MB of internal memory plus miniSD slot, and supports USB, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, just as the first version, the i-upgrade is only tri-band GSM plus 2100MHz UMTS phone that's suitable for Europe, but not for the States.
The other phone from the N-Series is the new N76 slim clamshell with RAZR-like style and keypad. It will be available in a couple of versions one for Europe, and one for the States, with the latter being quad-band GSM/EDGE device. Clamshell with internal antenna, it has two color displays: QVGA internal one with 16 million colors and external additional unit with 128x160 pixels. The N76 is targeted to fashion-craving users that also want to take advantage of Nokia's multimedia smartphone capabilities, but not at the price of big size it is half-inch thick (13.7mm) and weights 4 oz. (115 g). It packs only 2-megapixel camera without auto-focus, but is strong on music with dedicated play/pause and forward/rewind keys on the front shell, music player supporting various formats (including MP3, WAV, and AAC, and FM stereo radio. In order to be sure about the quality of music you are listening to, Nokia has put standard 3.5mm stereo jack for connection with a headset. In addition there is also standard miniUSB connector and Bluetooth v2.0, but WiFi is not supported.
Nokia 6131 NFC is actually the well-known 6131 clamshell. It is absolutely identical in design and features, except the additional Near Field Communication technology. This is Nokia's attempt to make it popular through mid-level phone that's supposed to be mass-seller. The NFC should bring a lot of convenience like easier sharing of personal information with friends, or during shopping, ignoring the need of other payment methods.
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The new Nokia 800 is the manufacturer's second Internet Tablet. It runs the newest 2007 Tablet Edition OS, based on Linux. New is the integrated camera for usage as Web Camera, and the upgraded Bluetooth from v1.2 to v2.0. In addition to the 802.11b/g WiFi, the new one also supports 802.11e. Its 3.5mm jack is now also used for Video out (in addition to audio) and there are 2 slots for memory cards, supporting SD (miniSD, microSD, and full size) and MMC (like the original N770 - including RS-MMC and full size). The Nokia N800 runs on 330MHz, TI OMAP 2420 processor, with 128MB RAM and 256MB flash memory, and its display is has the same 800x480 pixels resolution and 65k colors. The dimensions are slightly decreased, compared to the Nokia N770.
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