Nokia and AT&T: Mako, Thresher, and More
We hope you’re having a fun time keeping up with the schload of leaked internal specs for forthcoming AT&T phones, because we’re not done yet. It’s Nokia’s time to shine, as they supposedly have four phones on deck for the 2nd largest US carrier.
Until the release of the E71x last month, things between Nokia and AT&T were rather quiet. The last major phone released was the 6650, which became EOL only a few short months after it was launched.
For you Nokia fans — and there are a lot of you out there — hearing about these four new handsets are like a breath of fresh air. Let’s check them out.
For a landscape QWERTY device, the Mako is the most uniquely designed that we’ve seen in a long time. But on first impression, it looks rather clever. Instead of having a bulky look, the keyboard appears like it easily tucks into the phone without adding any extra size.
The Mako runs on Symbian S60 3.2, the same as the E71x and the 6650.
If we had to guess, this will be intended more as a messaging phone than a smartphone, because the specs are ho-hum. Only 128 MB internal memory with expandable slot, 2 MP camera, and a 2.5 mm headphone jack (Really? 2.5? Really?), for example. But this new design could certainly spark the interest of some of the younger folks.
The slide mentions an early June release, though we tend to disbelieve such a notion simply because we haven’t heard anything about the Mako until now. But we’ve seen crazier things happen.
The Grouper almost looks though Nokia is actually finding inspiration from the Motorola RAZR. The Grouper is a super thin clamshell with external music controls, running Series 40, and offers plenty other standard specs for a mid-range phone.
Below is the pic taken for the FCC filing, and everything looks like it’s going straight to AT&T here, complete with CV button.
Anticipated release date is the end of July.
The Snapper seems to be the 6555′s replacement. Another standard clamshell, the Snapper has almost identical specs to the Grouper, and is music-optimized. Feel free to check the above slide to get exact specs, but nothing we can see really stands out to us.
Anticipated release date is August 7.
As seen above, the Nokia Thresher has a very N-series look to it, complete with a sporty slider style. The Thresher has a few neat features to help it stand above the Grouper and Snapper, such as:
- 360 degree optical joystick
- 3.2 MP camera
- Uplink noise cancellation
- Navigation and entertainment enablers
Perhaps not the most loaded device on the planet, but certainly it has a few things going for it. This one will apparently hit stores September 18.