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Nokia N95 8GB

Nokia has updated its hugely successful N95 multimedia-laden mobile phone handset, upping its storage capacity to 8GB.

Nokia is positioning the N95 as a multimedia computer with indepth entertainment credentials. As well as emphasising the 2.8in QVGA display and built-in speakers, Nokia claims that the two-way slide design and dedicated media keys mean users can control movie and music playback in exactly the same way as they would a DVD.

While the phone’s numeric keypad sldies down below the N95 8GB’s screen, the media playback buttons pop up above it.

Nokia is selling European versions of the N95 8GB mobile phone preloaded with a copy of Sony’s Spider-man 3 blockbuster. According to Nokia, the special effects in Spider-man 3 serve to show off the N95’s advanced playback capabilities which, according to company spokesperson Ilkka Raiskinen, senior VP of multimedia experiences, enable users to “fully appreciate the meaning of entertainment on the go”.

As well as playing commercial footage, Nokia hopes N95 8GB users will use the handset’s 640x480 video capture capabilities and share the results at video-sharing and social-networking sites. A video out port is included for just this purpose, though it is also possible to send video straight to the web.

‘Assisted’ GPS satellite navigation and 3G Wi-Fi are included as part of the package, as is Nokia’s N-Gage Arena gaming lineup offered at n-gage.com.

According to Nokia, it has addressed the GPS issues highlighted in the original N95 with faster software that is able to get a satellite fix noticeably quicker. However, users of the 8GB N95 will have a pay a subscription fee in order to get full real-time navigation on their handset.

The quad-band phone offers HSDPA, Edge and Bluetooth as well as synching with a PC. Its 5Mp camera with Carl Zeiss optics is likely to be another popular feature, while music fans are catered for with Windows Media Audio, AAC and MP3 playback.

Launching in the fourth quarter of this year, the 128g Nokia N95 8GB is marginally heavier than the feature-laden but impressively feature-packed original N95. Expect talk times of up to five hours for regular phone use and 3.5 hrs when using the 3G Wi-Fi.

Nokia expects the N95 8GB to cost about £380. See www.nokia.co.uk

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