updated 11:40 am EST, Mon November 3, 2008
Nokia N96 Official for US
Nokia has started its week with the official launch of the N96 in the US. The black handset is the company's range-topping media phone and comes with both dedicated media controls on its two-way slider as well as 16GB of built-in storage and a microSDHC card slot to boost its storage further. It lacks support for the DVB-H TV tuner from Europe but continues to carry a five-megapixel camera with flash, true GPS, Wi-Fi and dual-band HSPA-based 3G that supplies faster mobile Internet access when on AT&T.
Continuing with Nokia's philosophy of introducing its highest-end smartphones independent of any one carrier, the Americanized N96 sells only as an unlocked model that works with any GSM provider at an unsubsidized $895 price. The phone should be in shops today that include both Nokia's online store and its locations in Chicago and New York. Certain third-party retailers such as Best Buy are also carrying the phone.