Don't call it a phone, it's a "mobile multimedia computer" *cough*
Please excuse all the Rrrr’s that’s the fault of Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s Finnish VP and GM of Multimedia, who yesterday announced the company’s latest and grrrrreatest handset with what I can only descrrrrrribe as ‘wilful enthusiasm’.
The N95, dubbed rather ambitiously by Anssi as a “mobile multimedia computer”, is the result and it is certainly is a powerful device, if not quite the ‘rrrrrrevolution’ Anssi was trying to sell.
A dual slider with music/video keys on one side and a number pad on the other, the N95 grabs the attention with its integrated five megapixel camera and GPS. Anssi claimed Nokia will offer free maps for the handset which would be quite frankly stunning but let’s stay calm and see what actually materialises first.
Also noteworthy is HSDPA compatibility and video playback at 30fps (“30fps that’s DVD!” boasted Anssi, well no there’s a bit more to it than that!) though the 2.6in display’s QVGA resolution is a bit of a let down. WiFi, Bluetooth, TV Out, stereo speakers as well as podcast and RSS functionality all make an appearance.
Speaking of which, we’ll not see this handset until Q1 next year when it will carry an RRP of 550 euros without contract. Hopefully by then Anssi, who described the N95 as a revolution for the mobile industry comparable to the introduction of the first laptop, will have settled down…
…sadly, I doubt it.
”’Update:”’ Add a microSD slot and 150MB of onboard memory to that list. I also didn’t spell out that it has a Symbian OS (S60) which it does, obviously *slaps wrist*