Nokia has announced plans to add WiFi to one of its popular cellular-wireless handhelds.
Aside from this change, the Nokia 9300i will be essentially identical to the current model, which has been available in Europe for some time.
Nokia already offers a WiFi-enabled handheld — the 9500 — but the upcoming model is significantly smaller. In addition, the previous model uses 802.11b, while the 9300i will have 802.11g.
This device will debut during the first quarter of 2006. Pricing will be set be the carriers that offer it.
More Details on the 9300i
On the outside, the 9300i will look like a mobile phone, with a numberpad and a small screen for phone-related information. Opening it, though, will reveal a full keyboard and a 640-by-200-pixel, color display.
It will run the Symbian OS with Nokia’s Series 80 providing the user interface.
Series 80 does not support the use of touchscreens, so the 9300i will have a D-pad and on-screen cursor.
The 9300i will have 80 MB of free user memory, plus a hot-swappable MMC card slot.
This will be a GSM/GPRS/EDGE device, and have Bluetooth short-range wireless networking. It will be optimized for mobile networks in Europe and Asia (900/1800/1900 MHz), but will be usable in the Americas, too.
It will have multiple email clients (with attachments), including BlackBerry Connect, Nokia Business Center, IBM WebSphere, Oracle Collaboration Suite, Seven Always-On Mail, and Visto Mobile.