In a shot clearly aimed at Apple's iPhone, Nokia has taken the wraps off two upcoming smartphones with 8 GB of built-in storage: the N95 and the N81.
Both these models with run the Symbian OS with Nokia's S60 user interface, and both with support this company's new Ovi music and gaming service.
They are expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of this year.
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Those interested in the N-Gage gaming service that will be part of Ovi should be pleased to learn that the Nokia N81 will include dedicated gaming keys, as well as ones for playing music and video.
There will be two versions of this device, one with 8 GB of storage that will sell for 430 EUR, and one without.that will cost 360 EUR.
Both will include support for 3G and Wi-Fi.
The fact that Nokia intends to release a version of the N95 with greatly expended internal memory has been known for months, still, many should be happy to have this device officially on Nokia's roster.
Like the current version of this smartphone, the new one will use an innovative design that lets a numeric keypad slides out from one end of the device while a set of dedicated media keys can slide out from the other.
The upcoming version will have a larger QVGA screen than its predecessor though: 2.8 inches. It will also include Wi-Fi and 3G.
The 8 GB version of the N95 is expected to sell for 560 EUR before subsidies or taxes.
A New Standard?
These 8 GB smartphones come in the wake of the release of the iPhone, one version of which also includes that much built-in storage.
With three models boasting this much internal capacity either on the market now or coming soon, every high-end smartphone that comes out from now on without at least 8 GB of memory will probably have to give a reason why not.
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