Nokia has unveiled the successor to its popular N95 mobile phone. The N82 features a 5 megapixel (Mp) camera and built-in global positioning system (GPS), plus many of the other features included on the N95. However, the new N82 has a candy-bar shape that makes the device feel a bit less bulky than the N95, which used a slider design.
Nokia said the N82 is shipping now in parts of Europe for a recommended price of €450 (£325) before subsidies.
Nokia is relying on its feature-rich phones to offset a decline in the average selling price of its standard models, and is bundling GPS features in a wider range of devices to help distinguish it from competitors.
Like the N95, the new phone has a 5Mp camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and can capture Mpeg4 VGA video at 30 frames per second. A new addition is a full Xenon flash, compared to the lower-quality LED-type flash in the N95. Sony Ericsson put a similar flash in its new K850i Cyber-shot phone.
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"Nokia seems to be building up its camera credentials," said John Devlin, a research director with IMS Research in the UK. "The N82 looks like a camera phone with other added capabilities, whereas the N95 is a more of an all-rounder."
The N82 is a "very good, impressive" product, he said, one that could tempt buyers who weren't attracted to the N95. "One of the complaints about the N95 was that it's a bit bulky," he said.
Switching to the candy-bar design made the phone a bit longer than the N95, at 11.2cm compared to 9.9cm, but the N82 is a bit thinner and weighs 10g less. The newer phone uses a 2.4in QVGA (240x320 pixels) colour display, compared to a 2.6in QVGA display on the N95.
The N82 connects to GSM and high-speed HSDPA networks, and has built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It comes with a full web browser and various email and calendaring applications. Nokia has bundled some maps with the device for use with the GPS, and more can be downloaded for just the price of the data transfer, Nokia said.
Nokia described the N95 as the N82's "predecessor", but it wasn't clear if that means the N95 will be phased out. The N95 has been popular, Devlin said, and the fact that Nokia put the new phone in its "N8x" series could mean that the N95 will be around a while longer.
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