updated 03:20 pm EDT, Mon September 25, 2006
Rumors of its existence have persisted since May, but until now the Nokia N83 has persisted as little more than a mysterious high-end companion to the N80. Photos inadvertently published by Hong Kong vendor Brando help clarify that mystery and suggest an imminent release given the complete state of the handheld. The N83 will become a defining model for Nokia as it has features rarely seen together in a smartphone: a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera (with VGA in front), an FM radio, and a 4GB hard drive for AAC and MP3 songs are all part of the slider design. Other luxury features such as Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi are equally present. Without a formal announcement by Nokia, potential owners can only expect the N83 to have a relatively high price and to ship before the end of the year.