Nokia’s newbies

Nokia has been hard at work and today they showed off their spoils at the Nokia: GoPlay event. Revealing four new handsets; the new bigger and better N95, the N81, the 5310, and the 5610.
Nokia has beefed up the N95 with the 8GB edition. The Nokia N95 8GB comes dressed in black and has undergone several changes. The main one of course is the huge memory capacity of 8GB. It is technically 8.1GB as there are also 100MB of system memory for messages, ringing tones etc. The screen has also grown up from the 2.6" of the original to 2.8" in the new edition. The display still supports QVGA resolution and can show up to 16M colors. Nokia N95 8GB is powered by 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery as opposed to the rather modest 950 mAh in the original Nokia N95 – hopefully the new battery will be able to deal better with the phone’s energy needs. The weak battery was probably the most criticised feature of the original N95 model. The higher capacity battery on the other side has resulted in removing the lens cover. Luckily, the GPS is still present, regardless of the expectations that it will be sacrificed in order to make room for the extra memory. Instead the memory card slot is removed so transferring data through card-reader is no longer an option.

The Nokia N81 is again a Symbian-based smartphone. It comes quad-band GSM/EDGE and UMTS enabled and stands at 17.6 mm thickness and 140 g of weight. It boasts a 2.4" TFT display with QVGA resolution, stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi IEEE802.11 b/g with UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) support and dedicated gaming keys. Nokia N81 is the first device armed with the new N-Gage platform and it has plenty of memory. There are two editions of the handset to be produced – a vanilla one that comes with a mciroSD slot and a 1GB or 2GB microSD card in the retail package, and Nokia N81 8GB edition. Both will have a 2 megapixel camera with flash  for making snapshots or shooting VGA videos at 15fps and a secondary CIF one for video calls. There is also a microUSB port and a audio/video 3.5 mm port.

The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic is a music-dedicated handset based on the Nokia S40 platform. It features a 2.0” QVGA TFT display with ambient light sensor, stereo Bluetooth, and a 2 megapixel camera. The 5310 stands at only 9.9 mm thick and weighs only 70.2 g which makes it one of the most compact devices by Nokia. The quad-band Nokia 5310 has 30MB of internal memory and a microSD memory card slot. Depending on the market a memory card of capacity up to 2GB will be included in the retail package. The mobile sports stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) and a microUSB slot when it comes to connecting other gadgets and GPRS and EDGE, when network connectivity is involved. Equipped with a dedicated audio chip and 3 dedicated music keys Nokia 5310 should be able to provide up to 18 hours of music playback time.

The Nokia 5610 XpressMusic is a slider which comes with a built-in dedicated audio chip and promising up to 22 hours of non-stop playback. The Nokia 5610 is based on the Nokia S40 platform and sports a 3.2 megapixel camera with 2-step shutter key and LED flash. The 2.2" 16M TFT display supports QVGA resolution (320 x 240 pixels). The integrated memory is only 20MB but it is expandable through the microSD card slot (a 512MB or 1GB card included in the retail package). The connectivity capabilities include a microUSB port and stereo Bluetooth (A2DP). GPRS, EDGE and UMTS are supported.

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