The Media Guru

Feb 8, 2008

Nokia N96 LEAKED!!!Nokia Germany have leaked the specs of the forthcoming N96. Quite a few surprises:

Supported networks
- UMTS networks (WCDMA 2100/850; HSDPA)
- Quad-band operation in GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks (EDGE)
- Automatic frequency band and mode switching
- DVB-H, class C, 470-750 MHz

- Volume: 92 cm3
- Weight: 125 g
- Length: 103 mm
- Width: 55 mm
- Depth: 18 mm (some places up to 20 mm)

- 16 GB of internal flash memory, memory expansion via hot-swappable microSD memory cards
Approximate storage capacity of 16 GB disk space:
- Video: 40 hours
- Music: 12,000 songs
- 128 Mbytes of RAM, 256 Mbytes of system memory (operating system plus dynamic memory for user data)

Operating Time
- Battery: Nokia Battery BL-5F, 950 mAh
- Talk time: GSM: up to 220 min; UMTS: Up to 150 min
- Stand-by Time: GSM: Up to 220 hours; UMTS up to 200 hours
- Video playback: Up to 5 hours (in offline mode)
- Music playback: Up to 14 hours (in offline mode)
- TV Play: Up to 4 hours (DVB-H)

Display and user interface
- QVGA TFT display with a 6.1 inch diagonal display (2.8 inches) and 16.7 million colours at a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels
- User interface: S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
- Active standby mode, multimedia menu

Data transfer
- In UMTS networks (WCDMA 2100/850) are both voice and data connections possible (packet switched connections to max. 3.6 Mbit / s (download) or 384 kbps (upload), circuit connections to max. 64 Kbps.
- Dual Transfer Mode (DTM) for the simultaneous use of voice and packet data connections in GSM / EDGE networks. Class A, multi-slot Class 11, max. Data transmission speed to Herunter-/Hochladen: 177.6 / 118.4 kbps
- EGPRS Class B, multi-slot Class 32, max. Data transmission speed to Herunter-/Hochladen: 296/177, 6 kbps
- GPRS Class B, multi-slot Class 32, max. Data transmission speed to Herunter-/Hochladen: 107/64, 2 kbps

Video Centre
- Video Centre: Central application for video experiences
- Access to the recent play videos and simple continuation of play
- My Videos: collection of videos stored in the device
- Access to Internet video, compatible with news feeds and video podcasts, updates and downloads directly over the cellular network
- Catalogue for new Internet video

Video codecs and formats
- MPEG-4 Part 2 (H.263/SP), up to VGA at 30 frames/s codec with hardware acceleration, max QVGA on the screen of the device, max SDTV on TV Output
- MPEG-4 Part 10 (H.264/SP), up to VGA at 30 frames/s codec with hardware acceleration, max QVGA on the screen of the device, max SDTV on TV Output
- Windows Media Video (WMV9), up to CIF/QVGA at 30 frames/s codec with hardware acceleration, max QVGA on the screen of the device, max SDTV on TV Output
- Real Video (QCIF) with 30 frames/s
- Support for Flash movies in Internet Browser
- Digital rights management: OMA DRM 1, OMA DRM 2, WM DRM (Windows Media DRM)

Live TV
- DVB-H-based mobile TV with integrated antenna
- DVB-H, class C, 470-750 MHz
- Access to videos on the browser
- Downloading, streaming and playback during download
- Support for Flash movies

- Digital music player - support for MP3, AAC, eAAC +, WMA and album cover
- Editing and sharing playlists
- Equalizer and visualization of sounds
- Online search and purchase music tracks in Nokia Music Store - with support for WM DRM-protected files (Windows Media DRM)

- FM stereo radio (87,5-108 MHz) with support for RDS; possibility for the use of the VHF radios in offline mode
- Nokia Internet Radio

Main Camera
- Up to 5 megapixels (2,592 x 1,944 pixels)
- Optics by Carl Zeiss
- Autofocus, automatic exposure control
- Aperture: F2.8
- Focal Length: 5.2 mm
- Focus range: 10 cm to infinity
- Two flashlights (LED), video light, lighting-support autofocus and recording progress indicator

Second Camera
- VGA (640 x 480 pixels)

Video recording function
- Video recording in MPEG-4 format, with up to VGA 30 frames/s
- Digital video stabilization
- Video clip length: Depends on available space
- Video File Format: MP4 (standard), 3GPP (for MMS messages)
- Program settings for automatic, a video light, white balance and colour change

- Photo Resolution: Up to 5 megapixels (2,592 x 1,944 pixels)
- Format for photographs: JPEG / EXIF
- Details on the recording location: Automatic recording of information on location in the image file
- Program settings for automatic, flash, serial shots, self-timer, colour change, white balance, contrast, exposure correction.

- Digital maps and navigation
- Integrated GPS module with support for A-GPS (Assisted GPS)
- Nokia Maps application
- Free downloadable maps for more than 150 countries, millions of locations, location details and satellite images **
- To purchase upgrades available multimedia travel guides and navigation services for the car navigation Sprachgestützte
- For pedestrians: Special optimized for pedestrian navigation with Directions

E-mail and Messaging
- Easy-to-use e-mail client with support for attachments (photos, videos, music files, and text documents)
- Support for e-mail protocols SMTP, IMAP4 and POP3, as well as for MMS and SMS messages Common SMS-/MMS-Editor
- Compatible with Nokia Wireless Keyboard SU-8W (optional)

Mobile Internet Access
- Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map function, visual history display, support for HTML and JavaScript, Flash Lite 3.0, and for Flash videos
- Support for news feeds (RSS)

Connection options
- WLAN (IEEE802.11 b/g) with support for UPnP (Universal Plug and Play)
- USB 2.0 micro-USB port (Type B)
- 3.5-mm jack for connecting a standard headphone and TV output for connecting a TV for playback of photos and videos (PAL / NTSC)
- Bluetooth 2.0 with support for stereo audio transmission (Bluetooth profile “Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), and EDR (Enhanced Data Rates)
- Use of Nokia PC Suite for Nseries devices (PC software), in conjunction with Bluetooth wireless connections or cable connections to the USB port compatible PCs

Standard package
- Nokia N96
- Nokia battery BL-5F
- Nokia data cable CA-101
- Nokia video output cable, CA-75U
- Nokia Stereo Headset-HS-45, with remote AD-54
- Nokia cigarette lighter charger cable DC-4
- Nokia compact AC-5E

The N96 has almost the same specs as the N95 8GB, but with a few improvements… the storage is now 16GB, there’s a DVB-H receiver & a microSD slot! Everything in an N81 form-factor, thinner than the N95 8GB. All these add-ons use enormous juice, so you have expected Nokia to come up with a new massive 1500mAh battery… but no! It’s only 950mAh!!! This will not last half a day of intensive usage!
Nevertheless, this will not be Nokia’s next flagship phone as we are still waiting for leaks of the iPhone-killer touchscreen version!

More photos of the N96 here.

UPDATED: Nokia N96 officially released. More here.

[via theNokiaBlog]

Microsoft urges Nokia to offer Windows Mobile devices
Windows Mobile on Nokia?Microsoft has been having talks with Nokia concerning the use of Windows Mobile on S60 devices.

Virtually all Nokia phones currently run the Symbian operating system and such a move would be a major change for the industry leader. Microsoft’s mobile communications business international marketing director John Starkweather confirmed talks were taking place with Nokia but would not confirm when any announcement would be made.

“They obviously have significant investments in Symbian but there are a lot of places where we have significant synergies and we would love to see the day where those synergies would extend completely with Windows Mobile,” he told IT Wire.

While Nokia phones don’t yet have a Windows OS, they do use a range of other Microsoft software. This includes ActiveSynch for connecting to Exchange Servers and the PlayReady DRM technology used to protect purchased music and video content.
Windows Mobile currently only has just over 6% of the smartphone operating system market compared to more than 70% for Symbian. However, it is gaining acceptance among smartphone manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung that have released Windows Mobile based handsets offering similar features to the Apple iPhone which runs a mobile version of Mac OS X.

Starkweather said the existing relationship between the two companies was strong and he was enthusiastic about it developing further in the future.
“We work closely with Nokia and we would love to have them go all the way,” he said. “It’s something we talk about all the time.”
[via ITWIRE]

Both S60 & Windows Mobile have their pros & cons, & it would nice to see if Nokia could work a solution whereby the user can choose what OS it wants to install (just like on PCs). That would be awesome. All current Nokia S60 devices fulfil the min requirements to install WM. What Nokia lacks is touchscreen devices (that should be resolved very soon!). Otherwise, Nokia could work with Microsoft so that they build a platform for apps emulation & collaborating on the UI, etc. Let’s see what happens next…

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