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Preview: Nokia N81 Phone

Back in May I reported the N81/N82 rumor that originated from Symbian Guru. While I have no idea what happened to the N82 (unless it mysteriously transformed into the N77, which is understandable), the N81 is now officially out of the bag.

Nokia N81 Phone

Posterboy of the N-Gage Platform: the Nokia N81 Slider

The Nokia N81 Phone at a Glance

Nokia N81 Phone

Operating Frequencies: Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 2100
Form Factor: Slider
Display: ??
Camera: 2 megapixel
Interface: Series 60 3rd Edition
Memory: 4GB/8GB onboard
Battery: ??, up to 4 hours talk time, ?? days standby time
SAR value: ?? W/kg on ear, ?? W/kg on body (more info on SAR values and cell phone radiation here)
Connectivity: Bluetooth, 3G, WLAN
Special Features: 3.5mm audio jack, gaming controls
Weight: ?? grams / ?? ounces
Thickness: ?? mm

Release Date: Q4 2007
Expected Cost: 360 Euros for 4GB, 430 Euros for 8GB
Buy From: ??

There’s not really a whole lot here that we hadn’t heard previously: the N81 still comes in two configurations, 4GB and 8GB, and is aimed at the game-playing, music-listening, media-wanting crowd. It has two dedicated A and B buttons that are made simply for the sole purpose of gaming. One drawback: it doesn’t look like the buttons are very tactile (touch sensitive maybe?). Unless Nokia went with the N95-ish flat depression buttons for the N81. I’m hoping not.

Looking at price, 360 Euros for the smaller capacity version isn’t bad at all, for what seems like a power-packed WLAN-connected Symbian phone. A zero capacity version with microSD expandable memory support would certainly have been more preferable.

Camera is a 2 megapixel standard, the least impressive feature of an otherwise highly impressive phone.

It seems that the N81 is the new posterboy for the N-Gage platform and related Nokia entertainment services.

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