Nokia Takes the Wraps off Three Camera-Oriented Smartphones

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Nokia today announced a series of new camera-oriented smartphones. All of these will use the company’s own Series 60 platform on top of the Symbian OS.

The first of these, the Nokia 6680, will sport two integrated cameras, a flash, and a bright screen of up to 262,144 colors.

It will have a VGA camera (640 by 480 pixels) at the front of the device, as well as a 1.3 megapixel camera (1280 by 960 pixels) with a slide for camera activation and control.

This tri-band (900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM phone will be usable on both EDGE and WCDMA networks. Between its multiple cameras and high-speed networking, this device will be ready for two-way video calls, video sharing, and always-on email.

Nokia 6680 As a Series 60 smartphone, the 6680 will come with a suite of personal information management (PIM) applications, an audio player, and a web browser. Its email software will come with document viewers for attachments in JPEG, MP3, PPT, DOC, XLS, and PDF formats.

In addition, users will be able to download and install other Series 60 applications.

The 6680 will have Bluetooth and an MMC card slot.

It will be 4.3 inches tall, 2.2 inches wide, and 0.8 inches thick (108 mm by 55 mm by 21 mm). It will weigh 4.7 ounces (133 g).

The Nokia 6680 imaging smartphone is expected to be available in March with an estimated, unsubsidized sales price of approximately 500 euros.

Nokia 6681 and 6682

The Nokia 6681 and 6682 will be less expensive variations on the 6680. They will be quite similar, but will have only a single 1.3 megapixel camera and lack Bluetooth.

In addition, these models will support GSM and EDGE, but not WCDMA.

The 6681 will be for the European market, while the 6682 will be for the American markets.

The Nokia 6681 imaging smartphone is expected to be available in April with an estimated, unsubsidized sales price of approximately 450 euros. The 6682 is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2005.

This announcement was made at the 3GSM World Congress, going on now in Cannes, France.

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