updated 12:30 pm EST, Mon January 8, 2007
Nokia CES announcements
Three new Nokia products are being shown at CES this year, including a phone, a camcorder and the company's next-generation "Internet tablet." Click through for photos. The N800 is an upgrade to the previous 770, having a a new ergonomic design, faster processors, a full-screen QWERTY keyboard, and better connections using either WiFi or a Bluetooth phone. A webcam has been integrated as well. While users will be able to send text messages and VoIP calls through a number of services, new to the 800 is specific support for Skype, which allows calls to landlines. The N800 is selling in the United States and parts of Europe for $399.
The N93i is a digital camcorder, recording MPEG-4 video at up to 3.2 megapixels and 30 frames per second. The camera also features a macro mode and 3x optical zoom, but is more notable for being able to upload directly to Vox, a new photo/video sharing service run by Six Apart. WLAN wireless is built in, as is GSM, EDGE, and WCDMA. Editing can be done in basic form on-camera, or more elaborately using the bundled Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0. Beyond recorded video, the N93i can play MP3 files, FM radio, and streaming mobile TV. It should ship in Q1 2007 for €600 ($780).
Finally, the new Nokia phone is the 6131 NFC. NFC stands for Near Field Communications, which is extremely common in Japan, but virtually unheard of in North America and most of Europe. Owners will be able to use the 6131 to do things like pass ID, scan business cards, or even make remote purchases of items, such as food and tickets. It's suggested that future applications of the technology will allow NFC-enabled posters and information kiosks. More mundane features of the phone will include FM radio, a digital music player, and a 1.3-megapixel camera. Files will be stored on microSD cards. The 6131 will go on sale in the first quarter for $340.
Nokia 6131 NFC