The annual Nokia Connection conference is going on now, and the company took the opportunity to announce two new smartphones, the 6260 and the 6630.
Both of these run the Symbian OS with Series 60 providing the user interface.
Nokia has been criticized for not offering enough phones that use a clamshell design. In response, the company is going to introduce the 6260, which not only can fold up, but its screen can be twisted around so it is still accessible when the clamshell is closed.
This smartphone will offer Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, which will allow it to work with a variety of accessories, including wireless headsets and the Bluetooth Keyboard Nokia just announced today.
The 6260 will also include a VGA camera capable of taking both still images and video.
This device will have 6 MB of RAM and an MMC card slot. It will come with a 32 MB memory card.
It will be bundled with Quickword and Quickpoint for accessing Microsoft Office files, as well as all the other software that is part of Series 60.
Nokia clearly intends that this phone should be released in both the U.S. and Europe, as there will be both GSM 850/1800/1900 MHz and GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz versions. It will support GPRS, giving it a maximum data transfer speed of 43.2 kbps.
When closed, the 6260 will be 4.0 inches tall, 1.9 inches wide, and .9 inches thick (10.2 by 4.9 by 2.3 mm).
Nokia expects to release this smartphone during the third quarter of this year. The estimated, unsubsidized price of the Nokia 6260 should be about 400 Euros ($485).
Learn more about this model on the Nokia web site.
The Nokia 6630 is the first dual-mode, tri-band (900/1800/1900 MHz) smartphone designed to work on 3G (WCDMA), EDGE, and 2G networks in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Its maximum data transfer speed is 384 kbps.
This device includes a 1.2 megapixel camera. It offers a 6x variable digital zoom for picture and video capture, manual exposure control, sequence mode for fast picture capture, and up to 1 hour of video recording.
The 6630 uses a traditional candybar design and Nokia says it is the world’s smallest megapixel phone for GSM and WCDMA networks.
It has 10 MB of RAM and a slot for Reduced Size MultiMedia Cards (RS-MMC). Its color screen has a 176-by-208-pixel resolution.
Nokia says this smartphone will be available during the fourth quarter of this year.
More information is available on this model on the Nokia web site.
More about Nokia’s Series 60
Series 60 is a user interface which overlays the Symbian OS. Nokia licenses Series 60 to smartphone makers who don’t want to develop their own user interface. Nokia also releases its own devices that use this platform.
Bundled with Series 60 is a suite of software, including applications for web browsing, email, MMS, Personal Information Management (PIM), and more.
Third party software written for one Series 60 smartphone generally works on any other Series 60 device, no matter which company made the hardware.
Neither of the smartphones Nokia announced today include Series 60 Second Edition, a new version of this platform that was just introduced.