MWC 2008: Nokia

Market leaders Nokia were naturally among the key news makers at the Mobile World Congress (formerly known as 3GSM). The Finnish company revealed four new high-end devices today, including the dual slider Nokia N96, Nokia N78, Nokia 6210 Navigator and Nokia 6220 classic.
Nokia N96 is a quad-band handset with dual-band HSDPA support for worldwide coverage. It runs on S60 3rd edition, FP2 and has a 2.8" QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT display with 16M colors. Other features of this true powerhouse include GPS with A-GPS support and geo-tagging for photos, Wi-Fi, the stunning 16GB of onboard memory, plus a microSD slot. If that feature pack doesn’t grab your attention, hardly anything will.

Nokia N96 has a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and powerful dual LED flash. It also records video in VGA resolution at 30 fps.The connectivity set sports Wi-Fi b/g with UPnP support, microUSB v2.0, DVB-H class C, a 3.5mm stereo headphone plug and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP stereo audio.

Nokia N96 weighs 126g, and did feel a little bulky in our hands. The display however seemed on par with the Nokia N95 8GB (read: great).

Another very interesting handset joining the Nseries, Nokia N78 comes in the bar form factor. Both Nokia N96 and N78 have a few design elements in common, starting with the underlying resemblance to Nokia N81.

Nokia N78 is a quad-band phone with dual-band HSDPA support. The novelties are geotagging and the integrated FM transmitter, allowing music to be played on any FM radio. Also to mention is the multimedia menu with Navi wheel.

Nokia N78 also uses S60 3rd edition, FP2 and has a 2.4" QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT display with 16M colors. Nokia N78 offers A-GPS support, Wi-Fi, 70MB on-board memory, expandable via microSD.

Nokia N78 has a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics. It also records video in VGA resolution at 15fps but is still capable of playing VGA video clips at 30 fps.

The connectivity options include Wi-Fi b/g with UPnP, microUSB v2.0, a 3.5mm stereo headphone plug and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP stereo audio. Another especially interesting feature is the built-in FM transmitter that allows you to enjoy the music stored in your device on any FM radio.

The Nokia 6210 Navigator is expected to inherit the successful Nokia 6110 navigator. The newcomer is marked to be the company’s first GPS-enabled mobile device (A-GPS also onboard) with an integrated compass for pedestrian guidance.


Nokia 6210 Navigator comes with Nokia Maps 2.0, announced today, and includes full voice and visual turn by turn guidance at no extra cost. Combined with an accelerometer, detecting changes in direction and orientation, the built-in compass makes it easy to follow the map when exploring your surrounds on foot. When you turn the device, the map automatically maintains its orientation. It is a cool to use feature by any means.

Putting aside the pivotal feature, the GPS, Nokia 6210 Navigator has a decent set of other features to offer: 2.4" TFT QVGA display with up to 16M colors, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support with dual-band HSDPA. The phone runs on the S60 3rd edition OS. The built-in 120MB of storage space can be further expanded via microSD cards.

The new navigator has a 3.2megapixel camera with LED flash. Among the additional features are the music player, visual radio and stereo FM radio. Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and AVRCP support, along with the 2.5mm AV connector and microUSB slot complete the connectivity options.

The last announcement today was the Nokia 6220 classic, a feature-rich handset to combine a 5 megapixel camera, built-in GPS and HSDPA.

Nokia 6220 classic sports xenon flash and Carl Zeiss optics and a 16M-color 2.2" TFT QVGA display. The camera is capable of recording MPEG-4 video clips at VGA resolution and 30 fps. Geotagging support is available, while the Nokia Maps 2.0 application is preloaded.

Nokia 6220 classic also offers a MP3 player and FM radio with RDS. The built-in memory of 120MB can be further expanded via microSD cards (up to 8GB supported).

Apart from the quad-band GSM network support, Nokia 6220 classic can also work on two HSDPA bands. The handset features a microUSB slot, 2.5 mm AV connector and stereo Bluetooth.

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