Nokia unveiled three new N series "multimedia computers" on the first day of CES 2007, two of which are phones, the other being an Internet Tablet that may never see the light of day in Australia.
The first device on our agenda was the stylish N76 "multimedia computer" as Nokia likes to phrase it. Decked out in a shiny red or black clamshell case, Nokia's N76 is a slimline 3G multimedia phone with dedicated music keys on the outside allowing full control of music even when the phone is shut. The mirrored external surface conceals the LCD when idle, but we did find it a little hard to read the display underneath the harsh lighting of Nokia's tent. The main screen, however, is a bright and vibrant 2.4-inch (6cm) display supporting up to 16 million colours. A 3.5mm jack is a welcome addition allowing you to plug in regular headphones without an adaptor. The 2-megapixel camera also lets you easily upload photos to Flickr.
Next up is the N93i video phone, successor to the bulky N92. While the latest model has trimmed down in size, it's still quite bulky for a jeans pocket. It features a 3.2-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, video capture up to 30 frames per second. The N93i is bundled with a 1GB miniSD card that Nokia tells us will store up to 45 minutes worth of video or approximately 1250 shots. Integrated Wi-Fi allows you to stream video taken with the N93i to any UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) enabled device. It also comes with a composite video cable to hook up to your TV.
After waiting patiently for the throng of people to finish having a look, we finally got our turn with the Nokia's latest Wi-Fi Internet tablet, the N800. Nokia fans might recall the 770 Internet Tablet from last year, which never saw the light of day on the Australian market.
If it does ever land on our shores, we can look forward to the N800's open source Linux-based operating system, a large touchscreen display with stylus, Opera's Web browser and Google Talk or Skype for VoIP calls. It features 128MB of user accessible memory, but adding to its grunt are two separate SD expansion slots for cards up to 2GB to boost both system memory and storage space.
Both the N76 and the N93i are due for release globally in the first quarter of 2007, however Nokia representatives at CES were unsure of whether the N800 would make it to Australia -- it's being released in Europe and the US now for around EURO$400 (AU$668). The N76 and N93i are priced at EURO$390 (AU$652 and EURO$600 (AU$1003), respectively.