Nokia N-Gage QD Launched in U.S.

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Although Nokia released the updated version of its gaming-oriented smartphone in much of the rest of the world back in May, it is only becoming available in America today.

The original N-Gage failed partially because, at $300, it was viewed as too expensive for its target market, teenagers and kids. The retail price for the new version is $199, but Nokia is pushing wireless carriers to offer it for just $99.

The N-Gage QD is now available at shops like EB Games and GameStop, or online at EBgames.com, Gamestop.com, Walmart.com, and Buy.com. More retail outlets are expected to follow.

This smartphone can be activated on T-Mobile USA’s GSM network and soon on AT&T Wireless’ GSM networks. However, at this point, neither of these wireless service providers is listing the N-Gage QD on its web site.

More about the N-Gage QD

N-Gage QD The N-Gage QD is a device designed to be both a mobile phone and a portable gaming console.

It includes a D-pad to make game play easier, but its screen resolution is only 176 by 208 pixels, lower than its competitors. For example, the Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP has a 240-by-160-pixel display, while the Tapwave Zodiac’s is 480 by 320 pixels.

Like its predecessor, the N-Gage QD allows users to do multi-player gaming via Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.

The N-Gage QD is able to do more than just play games. It is a full smartphone running the Symbian OS with Nokia’s Series 60 providing the user interface.

It includes personal information management (PIM) applications, an xHTML browser, and email software. In addition, users are able to download and install other Series 60 applications.

However, there are some features the original version had that this one lacks. It no longer offers an MP3/AAC player, for example, or a built-in FM radio.

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