Last week, Nokia began shipping the N95 to some countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. However, at that time there was no word on when this S60 smartphone with cutting-edge features would be available in the United States.
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This has now changed.
A Nokia spokesperson at the CTIA Wireless tradeshow in Orland informed Brighthand that the N95 will become available in the U.S. some time during the second quarter of this year.
The company rep went on the say that this smartphone will sell for between $500 and $600. He could not, however, reveal which carrier or carriers will be offering this device.
Update: In response to a question about what 3G frequencies this device will support, Nokia’s spokesperson said, "The Nokia N95 that we will begin shipping in the US during Q2 will be the global variant that supports 2100 MHz UMTS and not the US 3G bands."
An Overview of the Nokia N95
The N95 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 and support for Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) technology.
This Symbian smartphone’s two-way slider concept makes it easy to switch between different modes. A numeric keypad slides out from one end of the device while dedicated media keys can slide out from the opposite direction, converting the display into full screen landscape mode.
A microSD slot will provide additional storage.
The N95 is a GSM/GPRS phone with support for EDGE, WCDMA, and HSDPA networks. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
A GPS receiver, built-in stereo speakers, and a miniSD card slot will round out this model.
More information on the Symbian smartphone can be found on Nokia’s web site.