Nokia N800, N76, N93i and 6131 NFC
8th January 2007
Today Nokia announced four new devices
at the CES show in Las Vegas. We'll have a closer look
at these later, but in the meantime this is a quick
An upgrade to the Nokia
770 Internet Tablet, the Nokia N800
now joins the N-Series of devices and
is being pitched as an all-round internet
and multimedia device.
Retaining the excellent screen from
the 770, the N800 adds various hardware
improvements such as more internal RAM, dual
memory card slots, stereo speakers and
more reliable connectivity in a sleeker
looking package (but one that's still
fairly hefty at 206 grams).
As with the previous model, the Nokia
N800 runs the Maemo version of Linux,
allowing access to a pretty impressive
library of free applications from Maemo
A bit of a surprise - the Nokia N76
is for all intents and purposes Nokia's
take on the RAZR, with a slim overall
design and even the "kick"
at the bottom of the keypad.
It's a 3G phone with a 2 megapixel
camera, QVGA display and all the other
features you'd expect in a lower end
Despite the N76's slim looks, it
still doesn't get below the 100 gram
barrier, weighing in at 115 grams in
a case 13.7mm thick.
More than just a cosmetic upgrade
to the original Nokia
N93, the N93i is a more compact
and less heavy device with an improved
screen, although it's still quite heavy
at 163 grams.
As with the N93, there's a 3.2 megapixel
camera with 3X optical zoom, a QVGA
primary display, and high-quality video
capture with 3G capabilties plus WiFi.
Overall, the technical changes are
pretty minor, but the slimmer design
is welcome as the original N93's bulk
is a little offputting.
Nokia 6131 NFC
The only non N-series device in this
list, the Nokia 6131 NFC is a good deal
less showy than the others.
Based on the Nokia
6131, the NFC model adds Near Field
Communication support, allowing the
device to be used for applications such
as a digital wallet, security pass and
location based services.
Whether or not NFC will ever take
off is debatable, but the 6131 is certainly
a discrete and smart handset that might
help to take the technology to the mainstream.
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