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Nokia's new stuff

Multimedia phones and Bluetooth devices on show

Mobile phone giant Nokia took the wraps off three new mobile phones and three Bluetooth wireless devices at the Mobile Internet Conference in Barcelona yesterday.

Nokia announced one new phone for each of three categories: active, classic and the new imaging mobile phones.

It also announced three devices that use the Bluetooth wireless personal area networking protocol. The company will ship the Nokia Wireless Headset (pictured), the Nokia Wireless Car Kit and the Nokia Connectivity Card in the first quarter of 2001. Prices were not immediately provided.

The Nokia 7650 phone, the first in the imaging category, sports a built-in digital camera, a photo album, a colour display, GPRS (general packet radio service) and support for multimedia messaging (MMS), the company said in a news release.

The digital camera and support for MMS allows users to take photos, send photos by email and to combine audio, graphics and text into messages, Nokia said. The 7650 is a EGSM (extended global system for mobiles) phone and measures 114x56x26mm and weighs 154g. The phone will be available in Europe in the second quarter of 2002. Pricing information was not immediately available.

The second new phone of the day, the 5210, fits into the 'active' category and offers a built-in thermometer and clock, WAP (wireless access protocol), and the Xpress-on removable faceplate shell. The EGSM phone will ship in the first quarter of 2002 in Europe, Africa and Asia. The 5210 is 106x48x23mm and tips the scales at 92g. Pricing was not announced.

The Nokia 6510 phone, in the 'classic' category, was the last phone announced on Monday and offers such features as a mobile wallet, an FM radio tuner, WAP and GPRS. The 6510 also features the Xpress-on covers in five colours and weighs 84g. It is 97x43x20mm, and will ship in Europe in the first quarter of 2002. No pricing terms were available.

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