Nokia unleashes super-powered N96

If ever a phone was worthy of Nokia’s famed ‘multimedia computer’ label it was the N95. But its already lengthy feature set has been

If ever a phone was worthy of Nokia’s famed ‘multimedia computer’ label it was the N95. But its already lengthy feature set has been extended once more with the insanely gifted new N96.

The big boost over its predecessor is an iPhone-matching 16GB internal memory plus a microSD slot, which should be enough for all that content the Finnish giant hopes you’re going to suck down from its Ovi service.

It also has an improved 2.8in QVGA screen, and some new flashy backlit touch-buttons on the face and dialpad to help you navigate the megalopolis of features.

Presumably for the sake of battery life – one of the big criticisms of its predecessor – that’s largely it for new headline features. It still has a 5MP camera, although this now has two LEDs for flash duty, GPS, Wi-Fi and A2DP for wireless headphone action.

The NSeries renovations haven’t stopped at the N96 either – Nokia has also announced the N78, which seems almost feeble by comparison. This Series 60 munchkin packs a 3.2MP camera, HSDPA, Wi-Fi and an FM radio, and looks very much like the rather lovely N81. But really, Nokia, you could at least have thrown in a bottle opener.  

Essentials

Nokia N96, N78

Price: £TBA

On sale: Autumn, Summer,

Contact: Nokia