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Preview: Nokia 6301 UMA Phone

September 21, 2007 in Nokia Phone News, Nokia Phone Previews

Take the Nokia 6300, add in a dash of wi-fi, sprinkle with a slight color change, and presto! It’s the Nokia 6301 UMA phone.

The short summary: Nokia’s newest thin candy bar provides a “seamless transition” when fielding calls over GSM or WLAN.

The Nokia 6301 UMA Phone

It’s the 6301, aka the 6300 with some orange thrown in.

The Nokia 6301 UMA Phone at a Glance

Nokia 6301 Phone

Operating Frequencies: Tri-band 900/1800/1900
Form Factor: Candy bar
Display: 2″ 240×320 QVGA, 16.7 million colors supported
Camera: 2 megapixel
Interface: Series 40
Memory: 30 MB internal, external microSD cards
Battery: BL-4C 860 mAh
SAR value: ?? W/kg on ear, ?? W/kg on body (more info on SAR values and cell phone radiation here)
Connectivity: EDGE, HSCSD, WLAN, Bluetooth 2.0
Special Features: UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access)
Weight: 93 grams / 3.28 ounces
Dimensions: 106.8 x 43.8 x 13.1 mm

Release Date: Q4 2007
Expected Cost: 230 Euros ($322 USD)
Buy From: ??

The at-a-glance really gives a good picture of the Nokia 6301. It’s a mid-tier candy bar, with an impressive 13.1 mm thickness and a stainless steel casing. It’s also one of the cheaper models that gives you the UMA option – which is just an easy way of saying you won’t get cut off if your phone switches from GSM to WLAN or vice-versa.

UMA’s a nice feature, but using the WLAN radio drains battery faster than just a simple GSM-only phone call. And with a talk time of 3.5 hours, I’m not sure if the 6301 will be that landline-replacement that Nokia wants it to be.

Nokia also managed to play it cheap by piggybacking on the looks of the 6300 phone. That’s not to say it’s a bad move, as I’m sure this cut quite a few costs . 230 Euro for a WLAN-enabled thin candy bar before the tax/subsidies seems to me a very attractive price.

Is this phone a big deal? Right now, probably not, especially if you live here in the States. Since the 6301′s a tri-band phone (900/1800/1900) and UMA just isn’t that prevalent over here, there’s a good chance we may never see this handset.

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