As promised, Nokia has released a version of the N95 Multimedia Smartphone with support for the frequencies used for 3G cellular wireless networking in North America.
The N95 has been available in the United States for some time, but this version only supports the frequencies employed by 3G networks in Europe, so it can’t connect to the UMTS/HSDPA networks in N. America. Instead, users have to connect via the 2.5G standard EDGE. However, the new version of this device doesn’t have this limitation.
In addition, Nokia has bumped up the amount of RAM in this model to 124 MB and increasing its battery capacity.
It has also added Assisted GPS and a navigation application.
The N95 is not being sold through any U.S. wireless service provider. Instead, it is being offered directly by Nokia on its web site and its flagship stores in New York and Chicago. Because there’s no carrier subsidy, the price is $750.
No 8 GB Here
Nokia recently launched a version of the N95 with 8 GB of built-in storage capacity. That is a separate model from the one that was introduced this week.
The N95 with the N. American 3G frequencies will not have 8 GB of internal storage, and the one with the additional storage will not support 3G networking in N. America.
However, the new N. American version does support up to 4 GB of storage through microSDHC cards.
More About the Nokia N95
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The N95 has an innovative design that make it easy for users to switch between phone and media player modes. A numeric keypad slides out from one end of the device while dedicated media keys can slide out from the opposite direction.
In addition to 3G cellular-wireless networking it also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
This Symbian/S60 smartphone has Carl Zeiss optics on its 5 megapixel camera, allowing users to capture print quality photos and DVD-like quality video clips. These can either be played on its 2.6-inch QVGA display or on a compatible television thanks to the device’s TV out feature.
It is available in many countries around the world.