updated 10:55 am EDT, Tue September 26, 2006
Nokia N95 N75 and More
Nokia believes that its premium N-series smartphones are so relatively advanced that it refers to them as multimedia computers. After a slew of phone updates today as part of the company's Open Studio 2006 in New York, this description may well be accurate. At the forefront of the new lineup is the N95 (pictured), which has enough features to replace multiple other devices by itself. It includes a 5-megapixel camera for photo and video recording as well as built-in GPS mapping functions. Appropriately given its map emphasis, the N95 can additionally connect to either GSM or WCDMA networks abroad and includes EDGE broadband support for browsing the Internet. Storage is also plentiful with 160MB of internal storage and an included 128MB miniSD card (up to 2GB of miniSD storage is optional). Users are encouraged to take advantage of this by means of a two-part slider design: while one slider holds the standard number pad for dialing, another at the top of the phone reveals dedicated music controls for AAC, MP3, and WMA songs. Nokia has not officially determined a launch date or price for the new model. Click through for extra photos and details of the N75 as well as the new Music Editions in the N series.
The second introduction today is the N75, a more compact flip-phone that Nokia says is the smallest N-series model to date. It focuses primarily on music playback and includes dedicated music controls on the outer shell as well as the same music format support as the N95. It too can connect to GSM (including EDGE) and WCDMA networks, but has only a 2-megapixel camera to reflect its smaller dimensions. Nokia is more definitive about the N75's appearance in North America versus the N95 and expects carriers to offer the former to US subscribers by the end of the year.
N-series Music Edition phones
Finally, Nokia upgraded three of its earlier N models - the N70, N73, and N91 - to emphasize music playback as a feature. All have received memory upgrades to store more of a user's music library. The N70 and N73 receive 1GB and 2GB respectively, while the N91 may be the highest-capacity music phone possible with a built-in 8GB hard drive. Each phone is similarly capable of playing AAC and MP3 songs. The N70 and N73 are expected to ship to Europeans first in October for prices of 350 and 450 Euros ($446 and $574 US) respectively; the updated N91 will arrive in late 2006 for 550 Euros ($700 US).