We’ve all been waiting for more info about the upcoming Nokia N96 handset ever since the first pictures of the device leaked on to the net.
However, the first pictures also indicated that contrary to it’s predecessor – Nokia N95, this device will be on the boring side.
The images of a something that looks like a cross between Nokia N81 and N95 did not inspire a lot of excitement. Although I hoped that theÂ specs will prove me wrong.
Now that the specs of Nokia N96 were posted on Nokia Germany site (now removed) … yawn
If they are real, Nokia N96 specs include:
- Quad band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), GPRS/EDGE, dual band (850/2100) HSDPA connectivity
- Symbian, S60 FP2
- 2.8″ QVGA 320x240px 16M Color display
- 5 megapixel with Carl Zeiss lens, dual LED flash
- Secondary front camera for video calls
- 30 fps, VGA quality
- 16GB of built-in Flash Memory
- DVB-H TV Tuner
- Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, microUSB
- Full HTML, Flash Lite enabled Web Browser
- Dimensions: 103x55x18 mm, 92 cc
- Battery: 950 mAh
Nokia N96 is a bit of improvement over N95, but N95 is more then a year old. C’mon Nokia, is this all that you were able to come up in a year?
Added DVB-H capability? Well, that’s nice. But the 2.8″ QVGA display is too small for mobile video and TV, just try watching YouTube videos on N95. The usable experience here starts somewhere between 3 and 3.2 inches.
And is this all you could do to the camera? A double LED flash, that can be used during video recording?! C’mon Nokia, I know you are working on 6-8 mpx handset, and you are falling behind here. Samsung already has G800 5 mpx, 3x Optical Zoom cameraphone, and will match other N95 specs with G810. Sony Ericsson and Motorola are coming up with similar devices too.
And what’s with the 950mAh battery? Wasn’t a battery life on Nokia N95 bad enough already?
Of course, improved system software and more efficient chipsets may make up for additional power consumed by DVB-H tuner, but still. I would have expected you’ll be at least able to match Nokia N95 8GB power capacity here.
I hope these are preliminary specs, and that some of them are wrong. On the other hand, they may be not.
My guess is that for now Nokia might be focused on milking the N95 platform for what it’s worth, by releasing a slightly improved versionsÂ to fill various needs. All the really cool stuff is saved for the next generation S60 Touch based models, but they do not want to jeopardize the sales of current platform, by announcing them too early.
Which begs the question:
“Hey, Nokia, apart from the new and a little updated S60 Touch video demo, will you have ANYTHING interesting to show us during Mobile World Congress next week?”
Specs via IntoMobile
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