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Nokia intros new basic and mid-range handsets

updated 09:15 am EST, Tue November 28, 2006

Nokia 6000-Series Updates

At a press event in Amsterdam, Nokia on Tuesday launched three new cellphones built for the mid-range as well as a single entry-level model. Leading the announcements is the 6300 (pictured), a thin bar-shaped phone built for style. The new device is only 13.1mm (0.52 inches) thick and has features not always seen in phones its shape, such as a 2-megapixel camera, FM radio, and 135MB of built-in memory with support for up to 2GB more via microSD cards. Nokia expects the device to sell for 250 ($328) without a contract when it and the other three models ship in early 2007.

Notably, the company has also released a new dual-mode phone, the 6086. The handset is one of the few announced phones to explicitly support the Unlicensed Mobile Access used by T-Mobile and other providers, a technology that lets callers automatically switch from a traditional cellular network to WiFi to save roaming costs. The device is also a true world phone with quad-band GSM and should ship for 200 ($262).

Details of the remaining phones and a photo gallery follow after the jump.

Further introduced today is the 6290, a simpler smartphone designed for users who may be uncomfortable with more complicated interfaces. The handset has Quick Cover buttons that provide immediate access to common features like e-mail and builds in a world travel program. With dual cameras for both external recording and video conferencing and a 16 million color display, the 6290 is expected to retail for 325 ($426).

Lastly, Nokia unveiled the low-cost 2626. While featuring only an FM radio and built without a camera or other accessories, the 2626 is meant to exude style in areas where this would be impractical and comes in brighter colors such as Energetic Copper and Spatial Blue. This basic model will launch for 75 ($98).

Nokia 6300

Nokia 6086

Nokia 6290

Nokia 2626

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