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Nokia N96 slip points to 16GB iPhone rival

updated 08:15 am EST, Fri February 8, 2008

Nokia N96 Slip

Nokia's upcoming N96 has been confirmed and promises a dramatic improvement over the N95 that may pressure the recently launched 16GB iPhone, thanks to a slip from the Nokia Germany website [now pulled]. The slider, which resembles a cross between the N95 and the N81 gaming phone, should pack not just 16GB of internal memory but also a microSDHC slot that allows 8GB or more of extra storage. It should also support dual-band 3G Internet access over HSDPA, including US data frequencies with the initial device rather than requiring a separate North American Model as with the N95. In Europe, the N96 will have DVB-H support for over-the-air digital TV.

Most other features will be carryovers from the N95, according to Nokia's specs. The 5-megapixel camera will be supported by dual LED flashes; assisted and native GPS as well as Wi-Fi will also be onboard. The phone should accept headphones directly through a 3.5mm headphone jack. Nokia's German page does not provide any clues as to the price or release date of the N96, though the slip occurs just days before the debut of the Mobile World Congress show and suggests the phone will be announced then with a launch within a few months afterwards. [via IntoMobile]




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  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    nice

    this may be just what I need to tide me over until you can buy the iPhone without being shotgun-wedded to AT+T.

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    16 GB + card?

    Who needs 16 GB onboard AND uSD card up to 8 GB at the same time?

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    N95

    Keep in mind most N95 only have 160mb of internal memory...

    So they will likely claim: N96 (base model with 160mb of internal storage) is cheaper than iPhone, although anything with comparable storage will be more expensive.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    And ?

    Still 18mm thick : 65% thicker than the iPhone. And does it runs Safari ?

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Seriously...



    ... I really don't see why Yahoo would not accept MS' offer, cash the check for half the cash, hold on to the MS stock, and subsequently have most employees quit, and customers dump Yahoo - leaving MS with an empty shell, and an empty pocket.

    Allegedly, there are claims that this will cost MS so much that they will need to go into debt - hence, a strategic move by Yahoo to sell out, have their staff leave (most likely followed by all customers and consumers), and then wait for MS to get in such trouble that they will sell it back for a fraction.

    At the very least it will give all Yahoo staff the satisfaction of waiting to be MS employees, before being able to serve Ballmer with letters of resignation, that they are all leaving for Google. There haven't been many chairs flying out windows lately in Redmond, this would make it happen.

  1. hardmanb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    What greed and betrayal

    What about all the N95 customers who paid for the now-obsolete cellphones. Nokia has betrayed their customers in the name of greed. Maybe Nokia customers should hold of purchases until the next model.

    Just like the advice for the iPhone?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    What.

    Guest, Safari != Only web browser

    hardmanb, Technology moves on very fast, what you buy today, might be outdated in a year. If you are an Apple Fanatic, compaire it for buying iMac with PowerPC CPU before the Intel ones came out, greed and betrayal for the Power PC that Jobbs so much liked about just months earlier.

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