updated 09:40 am EDT, Tue June 24, 2008
Nokia N78 in US
Nokia today began offering a North American version of the N78, its relatively low-cost but full-feature smartphone. The candybar design comes to the US with 3G Internet support for AT&T's HSPA data network and undercuts the price of Nokia's own N82 and N95 by scaling back the camera: the N78 uses a 3.2-megapixel sensor and a single LED flash versus the 5-megapixel, Xenon-lit shooting of other Nseries phones. Wi-Fi is also built in, as is GPS with data assist that lets the phone find its position through either Nokia Maps or a third-party app such as Google Maps for Mobile.
The smartphone uses a microSDHC card slot for storage of music, photos, and other content, and integrates an FM tuner for both live radio as well as beaming sound to a car or home stereo without needing an adapter or cable. Reflecting its relatively reduced feature set, the N78 should be available today and sells for $560 as an unlocked phone that works both with AT&T's full 3G service as well as calls and EDGE data on both AT&T and T-Mobile.