The N96 is pretty similar to the Symbian 60-powered N95 we've all come to recognize as Nokia's 5MP GPS finest, but with 16GB of internal memory and a 2.8-inch screen. This model also has a built-in DVB-H receiver for digital TV signals in Europe and Asia, and a kickstand for desktop viewing. Also new are the backlit touchbuttons on the face, dialpad and top slider section of the phone. When playing media, they show the typical play/pause/ff/rr functions; when gaming on the N-Gage gaming platform, they show control pad buttons. Approx $800, but likely no US 3G support.
Nokia N96: The one to watch
Most advanced multimedia computer optimized for entertainment
Mobile World Congress 2008, Barcelona, Spain/Espoo, Finland - Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N96, a
multimedia computer truly optimized for video and TV. With a large 2.8" screen, 16 gigabytes of internal
memory and support for high-quality videos in a wide range of formats, the dual-slide Nokia N96 represents an exciting new chapter in mobile media. The Nokia N96 multimedia computer is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2008 with an estimated sales price of approximately 550 euros, before subsidies or taxes.
"In 2007, the Nokia N95 became an icon of convergence of Internet and mobility. With over 7 million units
sold to date, the N95 has changed the way people use their mobile device. The Nokia N96 we introduced
today builds on the success of N95, further enhancing the experience," says Jonas Geust, who oversees
Nokia's Explore category. "Through the power of the Internet, video and TV are becoming even more
prevalent in people's lives. With its large, bright screen, and a range of high-speed connectivity options and the enhanced Nokia Video Center, the new Nokia N96 is a personal window to entertainment."
Accessing internet videos is quick and simple. The Nokia N96 supports common video formats including
MPEG-4, Windows Media Video and Flash Video, making favorite videos easy to view. Transferring and
accessing videos is even faster with the high-speed USB 2.0 connection and WLAN and HSDPA support. In
select markets, the integrated DVB-H receiver offers live broadcast TV with an automatically updating
program guide. The massive memory can store up to 40 hours of video content. The storage capacity of the Nokia N96 can even be further expanded with an optional microSD card, such as the new Nokia 8GB
microSDHC Card MU-43 which increases the available memory of the Nokia N96 to a total of 24 GB. For
added convenience, the Nokia N96 features a 'kickstand' on the back cover that allows for hands-free
The Nokia Video Center offers one place to discover and access a variety of mobile content ranging from
movie trailers and comedy to news from world-leading content brands such as YouTube, Reuters, and Sony Pictures. The catalogue of internet video feeds is continually expanded with more regional and country specific content.
For a superb music experience, the Nokia N96 features media keys, a 3.5 mm headphone connector and
built-in 3D stereo speakers. The Nokia Maps application offers richer maps with urban details and satellite views and has upgrade options such as City Guides, turn-by-turn pedestrian mode and voice-guided car navigation.
The Nokia N96 boasts a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, flash and video light. It allows DVD-like quality video capture at 30 frames per second. Further, with the integrated A-GPS, consumers can now 'geotag' their pictures with location data and share them with their online communities.
The Nokia N96 naturally supports the Ovi family of Nokia internet services, including maps, music, media
sharing and more.
Nokia Nseries is a range of high performance multimedia computers that delivers unparalleled mobile multimedia experiences by combining the latest technologies with stylish design and ease of use. With Nokia Nseries products, consumers can use a single device to enjoy entertainment, access information and to capture and share pictures and videos, on the go at any time.