Nokia Announces 7710 Wireless Handheld

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The Nokia Mobility Conference began in Monaco today, and the company took the opportunity to announce a new cellular-wireless handheld, the Nokia 7710.

This will be the first device running Nokia’s Series 90 interface to actually reach the market. This is for handhelds with touch screens and higher-resolution displays than Series 80, which is used on Nokia’s current handhelds. The 7710 will sport a 640-by-320 pixel, color display.

Behind the Series 90 user interface will be the Symbian OS.

This device will also include a full Internet browser, an integrated music player with stereo audio, an extensive set of video features such as playback, streaming, and recording, a megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom, and an FM radio with Visual Radio client.

Nokia 7710 The 7710 will have 90 MB of memory, plus an MMC slot for additional storage. This handhled will be bundled with a 128 MB MMC card.

Users will be able to enter text through an on-screen keyboard or by handwriting reconition.

The Nokia 7710 will work on GSM/GPRS/EGPRS 900/1800/1900 networks. It will also have Bluetooth.

Shipments of this device to Asia are expected to begin before the end of this year, and in Europe and Africa in the first quarter of 2005. Unfortunately, there’s been no word on when — or if — the 7710 will be released in North America.

More information on the 7710 is available on the Nokia web site.

The Troubled History of Series 90

Almost a year ago, Nokia announced with great fanfare the 7700, a cellular-wireless handheld that would be the first device to use its brand-new Series 90 interface.

Unfortunately, the 7700 never actually made it to the market. Nokia apparently had significant problems with the Touchscreen software in the original version of Series 90.

The new model, the 7710, will use the Series 90 version 2, which is supposed to have fewer problems that the original version.

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