In late May, Nokia released the Communicator 9290 in the
There s no doubt that when the 9290 was launched in the
There s no solving the size issue, at least this time around. The body will be virtually identical to the 9290. In fact, most of the specs will be the same, except issue number two.
The 9310 will boast a GPRS connection, which was perhaps the largest stumbling block for potential buyers of the 9290. What s the difference you ask? GSM connections rely on a process that only allows maximum speeds of 9,600bps. While this is fine for an average phone conversation, for data transfer, that s a major step backward. The Treo line was plagued by the same issue, until Handspring released the GPRS version that could communicate at a theoretical 57,600bps. With server-side acceleration software, these connection speeds can actually be doubled, virtually, enabling a quite peppy connection to the internet.
This change bodes well for Nokia who has had much international support for this product line. Anyone who considered the 9290 the first time around should take a serious look at this new effort.
No pricing had been announced, but look for it to fall near $599 when it is released at some point today. We ll have more as soon as it s official.