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Nokia leaks N96 specs

Nokia leaks N96 specs

Nokia's new N96 handset. Image courtesy GSM Arena.

An overly keen web master on Nokia's German site appears to have made a boo-boo and posted the specifications for the upcoming N96 multimedia handset a little early.

Although the page has since disappeared, it was up long enough to glean some pretty tasty information about the next top-of-the-line phone from the company.

The N96—unsurprisingly billed as an upgrade from the N95—is set to feature quad-band GSM and dual-band HSDPA on the data transfer side, which is sure to make iPhone owners green with envy. The handset will apparently run on the Symbian S60 FP2 OS, and has a 2.8” QVGA screen with the usual 16.7 million colour pallet.

The phone also comes with a built-in GPS module, DVB-H reception for watching your favourite soaps on the go, and even a TV-out port – although this only supports standard definition resolutions.

Storage space has been doubled in this version to 16GB—which can be further upgraded via microSD cards—and the camera has been improved to make full use of the additional storage, now running to five megapixels with full autofocus and a dual-LED flash. Interestingly, the company has added in Geotagging support, whereby the phone can use the camera and GPS in concert to add location information to photographs.

Finally, Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11b/g WiFi round off the connectivity: quite how Nokia has crammed all this into a phone and made it hand-held I'm not sure, but I do know that I want one.

GSM Arena has some leaked photos of the design of the unit for those who are more image-concious. And I still want it.

Nokia's best attempt yet at something to steal the thunder of the iPhone, or is it just more functionality that no-one will ever want to use? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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lewchenko 11th February 2008, 16:49 Quote
The N95 was a brick ! Sounds like this will be brick+1.

I love the features... and in some areas it kicks the iphone's butt, but it doesnt have the sleekness/usability that the iphone has. Plus it will be cheap... the N95 was practically free on new contracts over £35 a month.

Sigh... how hard is it to make a decent smart phone that is thin, fast, affordable, connectable, and usable. Every model I know fails in atleast one of those categories.
hawky84 11th February 2008, 16:54 Quote
I got the N82 a couple of weeks ago and it has the same spec (excluding the 16GB internal mem) as the N96 but the main benifit of the N82 for me is the fact it is solid, no slide, flippy, flimsy feel to it just candy stick style, not a bad size either.
It is by far the best camera on a phone I have used as well.
Not to mention it was free on a £35 a month contract which i very much doubt the N96 will be.
kenco_uk 11th February 2008, 16:57 Quote
Looking at the images showing the thickness and broadness of the phone, I'd hardly say it's the size of a brick. It looks slimmer than the N95, anyway and compare that with some of the early Nokia Communicators (which not only looked like a brick, were also about as heavy as one) it's like a slip of paper :)
Major 11th February 2008, 17:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by lewchenko
The N95 was a brick ! Sounds like this will be brick+1.

Err it's nothing like a brick, have you ever even had one?

The N96 looks better though, looks slimmer too.
Shadow_101 11th February 2008, 17:31 Quote
lets hope the battery is better than the standard one on the N95.
D3s3rt_F0x 11th February 2008, 18:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by lewchenko
The N95 was a brick ! Sounds like this will be brick+1.

What would you class as a brick? When I got my N95 I compared the size to the W810i I had before in depth height etc was the same only difference was the 2 black side bits which made it slightly wider.

So guess that makes w810i the same
Awoken 11th February 2008, 18:18 Quote
I really like the Nokia phones but the strong web connectivity of the N96 only serves to highlight the lack of an MS document editor. It would be a great phone for working on the move otherwise (I hated lugging a whole laptop around when I was sent to London/Scotland).
Mary Jo 11th February 2008, 18:52 Quote
I agree about the N95 being a brick. It's fine for putting in your bag or jacket pocket, but you wouldn't want to slip it in your trouser pockets if you're out without a bag/jacket at a nightclub/bar etc.

"Is that a N95 in your pocket are you just pleased to see me!??"

The N96 is even bigger, it seems:

http://techdigest.tv/nokia_n95_nokia_n96_mobile_phone.jpg
Picture from http://techdigest.tv/2008/02/mwc_2008_nokia_1.html
DeX 11th February 2008, 20:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by lewchenko
Sigh... how hard is it to make a decent smart phone that is thin, fast, affordable, connectable, and usable. Every model I know fails in atleast one of those categories.

There ain't never going to be a phone with the best features out there, along with the slimmest design. As soon as they shrink them down, they'll find more features to add to the next generation and hence bulk them out again.

Personally I'm waiting for a phone with about 20gb for music and photos, a 5mpx camera with flash and 3x optical zoom, an web browser and a GPS with Google maps. Yeah, I might be waiting for a few years I think...
DXR_13KE 11th February 2008, 21:21 Quote
it looks like it does not have a lens protector.....
Eccles 12th February 2008, 01:31 Quote
Not exactly a leak: http://www.nseries.com/index.html#l=products,n96
This was viewable yesterday.
p3n 12th February 2008, 10:56 Quote
symbian sucks, hurry up google.
rhuitron 12th February 2008, 12:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shadow_101
lets hope the battery is better than the standard one on the N95.

Here are those specs on the N96:

Power Management*

* Battery: Nokia Battery BL-5F, 950 mAh
* Talk time: up to 150 / 220 minutes (WCDMA / GSM)
* Standby: up to 200 / 220 hours (WCDMA / GSM)
* Video playback: up to 5 hours (offline mode)
* Music playback: up to 14 hours (offline mode)
* TV playback: up to 4 hours (DVB-H)

And the N95: 8gb
Power Management
* Battery: Nokia Battery (BL-6F) 1200mAH
* Talk time: up to 210 min (WCDMA), up to 300 min (GSM)*
* Stand-by time: up to 280 hours (WCDMA and GSM)*


Non 8gb
Power Management
* Battery: Nokia Battery BL-6F, 1200 mAh
* Talk time: up to 205 min (WCDMA), up to 305 min (GSM)*
* Stand-by time: up to 250 hours (WCDMA & GSM)*


So I am getting that Battery life is worse.
hawky84 12th February 2008, 12:49 Quote
Lets hope google Mobile OS comes out soon and some desent phone manufactures start bringing out some decent handhelds for it.

Has anyone tried turning a DS into a phone?
kenco_uk 12th February 2008, 13:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by hawky84

Has anyone tried turning a DS into a phone?

Nearly - give it a while and someone'll figure out how to superglue a phone to a DS :)
hawky84 12th February 2008, 14:00 Quote
LOL i was thinking more of VOIP either through a linux app or standalone
sotu1 12th February 2008, 20:39 Quote
anyone else apart from me worried about the fact that bit-tech is now making news reports on phones? I'm sorry, but this really isn't newsworthy information for a website that puts its focus on computer hardware, not gadgets.
keir 12th February 2008, 20:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by sotu1
anyone else apart from me worried about the fact that bit-tech is now making news reports on phones? I'm sorry, but this really isn't newsworthy information for a website that puts its focus on computer hardware, not gadgets.

Where have you been bit has been doing console games for a while now.
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