updated 08:15 am EST, Fri February 8, 2008
Nokia N96 Slip
Nokia's upcoming N96 has been confirmed and promises a dramatic improvement over the N95 that may pressure the recently launched 16GB iPhone, thanks to a slip from the Nokia Germany website [now pulled]. The slider, which resembles a cross between the N95 and the N81 gaming phone, should pack not just 16GB of internal memory but also a microSDHC slot that allows 8GB or more of extra storage. It should also support dual-band 3G Internet access over HSDPA, including US data frequencies with the initial device rather than requiring a separate North American Model as with the N95. In Europe, the N96 will have DVB-H support for over-the-air digital TV.
Most other features will be carryovers from the N95, according to Nokia's specs. The 5-megapixel camera will be supported by dual LED flashes; assisted and native GPS as well as Wi-Fi will also be onboard. The phone should accept headphones directly through a 3.5mm headphone jack. Nokia's German page does not provide any clues as to the price or release date of the N96, though the slip occurs just days before the debut of the Mobile World Congress show and suggests the phone will be announced then with a launch within a few months afterwards. [via IntoMobile]