The Media Guru

Jun 4, 2007


Nokia launched three new 3G phones aimed at the US market. The 6500 series is completely new and offers a choice of styles while providing the extra speed of an HSDPA modem: the 6500 classic (left) is a traditional bar phone and one of the company's thinnest to date at 9.5mm (0.37 inches). It also holds some of the most storage of any phone in its range with 1GB of built-in flash to store AAC/MP3 songs as well as photos and videos captured with a 2-megapixel camera. The classic further marks the use of a relatively new micro-USB format, Nokia says: a single cable can now deliver audio, data, and power, allowing the phone to charge while it syncs with a PC or stream audio in a dock.

Although similar in name, the 6500 slide (middle) is very different, Nokia points out. The change to a thicker slider form is met by an increase in camera quality to 3.2 megapixels; storage is handled exclusively through microSD cards, including the 256MB card included in the box. A front QCIF-resolution camera is also included for basic video calls over 3G networks. Other minor extras also built-in are an FM radio and a TV output for displaying images on a larger screen.

Both 6500 models are set to launch in the summer at prices equal to $429 for the classic and $497 for the slide before factoring in carrier plans and discounts. Though regional launches haven't been listed, both include the necessary 850MHz GSM and HSDPA radios needed to deliver phone and 3G services in North America through providers such as AT&T and Rogers.Also unveiled was the 8600 Luna (right). The Finnish handset maker confirmed the details of the phone already listed by Britain's Carphone Warehouse, including its unique smoked glass sliding shell and the keypad illumination that inspires its namesake. The 8600 shares the micro-USB port of the 6500 line and has a 2-megapixel camera, 128MB of internal flash with a microSD slot, and FM tuning. Nokia was unclear on pricing but suggested a premium price of 700 Euros ($939) before discounts, but may change pricing should its 850MHz support bring it to North America.
[via Electronista]

As their names suggest, the Nokia 6500 and 8600 are not high-end devices like the N-Series & they run on the new S40 interface. The only noticeable feature is the slim design that is popular among US users. Another important innovation is the 1 GB flash memory. We may assume that the next N-Series music phone will be flash-based (à la iPhone).

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