Nokia scored a hat-trick today with the announcement of three new Nokia N series models: the Nokia N96 (North American Edition), the Nokia N85, and the Nokia N79. Keeping with the family, the trio of Symbian smartphones offer high-end multimedia features, such as a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and work with , which include the N-Gage gaming platform, photo sharing, and Nokia Maps. All handsets are expected to ship in Q4 and will be sold as unlocked phones (you know what that means--save your pennies now because they won't be cheap). Now, let's get to know each of these smartphones a little more intimately, shall we?
Nokia N96 (North American Edition): Highly anticipated since it was announced at
While the N96 keeps the dual-slider design of its predecessor but there are some slight tweaks to give it a sleeker look and feel. And let's not forget the kickstand on the back. Other highlights of the smartphone include integrated Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and A-GPS. The Nokia N96 will cost between $750 to $800. Ouch.
Nokia N85: Similar to the
Nokia N79: Last but not least, there's the N79. This model offers an interesting design twist as it comes packaged with a total of three interchangeable Xpress-on smart covers: red, white, and espresso brown. On the back of these covers, there is a sensor that will automatically change the wallpaper theme on your home screen once you attach the plate. Sure, a little gimmicky but still cool. The N79 also has an orientation sensor that will automatically change the display from portrait to landscape mode. The multimedia features are similar to the Nokia N85 and N96, but the N79 is a tri-band (GSM 850/1800/1900; HSDPA 900/2100) phone and comes with about 50MB of internal memory. The Nokia N79 will go for around $500 to $550.