All pretty nice, but there's no real out and out stunners among them.
It’s not 3GSM all over again, but Nokia and Sony Ericsson just had a fit yesterday and spat out 11 new handsets between them. Let’s take a look.
We’ll go alphabetically and start with Nokia. Headlining the news is the 6280, a 3G handset in a Samsung D500 slide format with a two cameras: a front mounted two megapixel and a VGA rear (for all those video calls no one actually uses!). There’s a hot 262k colour screen, 74MB of user available memory, push-to-talk, Bluetooth, MP3 and AAC support, an FM radio and email client.
It’ll weigh in a just 115g and measure 100 x 46 x 21mm. Start looking for it in the fourth quarter.
We can then skip past the 6270 as it is almost identical to the 6280 and comes out at the same, but weights slightly more (126g) and has fatter hips (104 x 50 x 23mm). The 6265 (above) is a CDMA phone yet still has the 2 megapixel camera and 262k colour screen of bigger brothers. There’s 24MB of internal memory here, along with support for miniSD, MP3 and AAC support, while Bluetooth and IRDA are pretty much taken as given these days. It’ll weight 126g and is 98 x 48 x 22m in size. Again you’ll see it in Q4.
Of the remaining four Nokias, only the 6111 deserves individual mention (as the other three: the 6060, 2255 and 2125 are severe entry level, budget models). The 6111 has a one megapixel camera and impressive 6x digital zoom. You can put ticks beside Bluetooth, push-to-talk connectivity, 262k colour screen, FM radio and email support, though there are crosses alongside a separate memory slot and dedicated music playing. Also a Chrimbo arrival.
Switching sides to Sony Ericsson, we see nothing overly exciting. The S600i (above) is the killer model of the four, with a 1.3 megapixel camera and 3G connectivity, 262k colour screen, two stereo speakers, 64MB memory, MP3 and AAC support, FM radio and Bluetooth, but it is not causing me sleepless nights.
Likes peas in a pod is the K608i, another 3Ging, 262k loving, 1.3 megapixel happy and virtual clone of the K600i. It has a second VGA camera for video calls and 32MB of onboard memory. This is a third quarter phone and like everything announced today, has yet to be priced.
The latest clamshell design from the Scandinavian/Asian combo giant is the Z520a. It’s quite a nice looker but no thoroughbred in the features stakes, with only 16MB of onboard memory, a VGA camera and a 65k screen. You’ve got MP3 and AAC music support, an email client, PC synchronisation and Bluetooth, but nothing that makes me want to get out of bed in the morning.
Rounding things off is the J210i, a super cheapo (estimated sub £100) phone with 65k colour screen, 600KB memory and Infrared ready due in Q3, but really, we’ve come to the bottom of the barrel.
Looks like the 6280 is the winner of this round, but I’m sure we’ll see some cracking handsets in the next couple of months (wink, wink, nudge, nudge!).