updated 10:05 am EDT, Tue August 12, 2008
Nokia's 3610 Fold phone
Nokia on Tuesday announced the launch of its 3610 Fold clamshell. The Fold is a close but entry-level cousin to the 3555 and similar phones with a near-seamless back claimed to be more comfortable than on normal flip phones. A 1.3-megapixel camera and Bluetooth put it above previous budget phones that often strip out one or both features. A two-inch 240x320 resolution screen is found inside, while a 1.36-inch display provides basic call info on the outside.
File storage is handled by 30MB of built-in memory and can be expanded with microSD cards up to 4GB in size.
The 3610 is available in blue, red, rose and green, with pricing set at 125 Euros ($186) before carrier discounts. While a North American release has not yet been announced, the 3610 Fold supports 850MHz calling and basic data necessary in North America and is likely to appear in the region when it ships sometime during the summer.