3GSM Kicks Off

3GSM 2005 is underway in glorious Cannes and TrustedReviews will keep you right up to date with the first day's announcements.

Not to be outdone, Nokia was next up with three new phones, the 6680, 6681 and 6101.

The 6680 Nokia claims is the world’s first 3G imaging smartphone (we are prepared to bet it won’t be the last by the end of the week). It boasts two integrated cameras, a flash, 262k colour display and the typical smartphone features such as organiser, video streaming, email and Internet browser. The 6680 is also Tri-band and compact at 108 x 55 x 20mm and 133g. It will go on sale in March with an expected retail price of approximately 500 euros.

Next, Nokia continued to live up to its confusing product branding with the 6681, a variant of the 6680 (obviously) where the features are almost the same. Where it does differ however is with the integrated Push to Talk functionality at the expense of the second camera. Consequently, the 6681 has a slightly lighter weight of 131g despite having the same dimensions. The price is also reduced with an RRP of 450 euros and later release month of April (is it just me or should assending product numbers not depict higher range models?). Incidentally, the American variant of this phone is called the 6682, it’s identical but they get a higher number. Does that sound fair?

Rounding off the trio is the 6101, Nokia’s clamshell phone. Nokia has been extremely late to the party in adopting the clamshell design which is describes with almost doe eyed innocence as “an elegant fold concept”, but once here – despite being reminiscent of some older Samsung models – it seems the Finnish manufacturer wants to make up for lost time. It comes with Push to Talk, Xpress audio messaging, a VGA camera and colour internal and external displays. With an RRP of 250 euros the 6101 is not a top of the range model but certainly adds some much needed diversity to the Nokia range. Availabilty will not be until the 2nd half of the year.


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