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Preview: Nokia 6600 Fold Phone (Wow)

A new day, and three new Nokias to drool over. First up, the 6600 Fold, a sleek handset that’s definitely a looker. Throw in two OLED displays, a little dash of quad-band connectivity + WCDMA 850/2100, some newfangled “tap commands”, and an “electromagnetic opening mechanism” and you’ve got a recipe for sexiness indeed.

Nokia 6600 Fold: Not To Be Confused With the 6600 Egg

Nokia 6600 Fold: Not to be confused with the 6600 Egg

The original Nokia 6600 honestly looked like crap (it was the “egg phone” for good reason) and had the only one redeeming quality of being of the few Symbian S60 phones out there back in the day. Boy, phones have gone a long way since then.

Nokia 6600 Fold

However, unlike the original 6600, the 6600 Fold is a Series 40 phone (boo!) packed with a whole bunch of crowd-pleasing features. But not the techie crowd.

The main display is a 2.13″ organic LED screen that supports up to 16.7 million colors. But the real draw is the hidden OLED front display that displays the time/messages/missed calls/etc when tapped twice. Yep, you heard right – “tapped.” The double-tap technique can also silence/reject calls and snooze the alarm.

At least you don’t have to actually open the phone, to open the phone. Just push a button (…where have we heard that before?) and your electromagnetic opening mechanism dampened hinge will get to work so you don’t have to.

The Nokia 6600 Fold’s not exactly thin – at 15.9 mm, it’s thicker than the N76 but a good 5 mm smaller than the N95. In terms of weight, the 6600 Fold weighs 110 grams, vs. 120 g for the N95. It’s definitely got some heft.

The camera is definitely not impressive. It’s a mere 2 megapixels, yet Nokia decided that one LED flash wasn’t good enough so there’s two. Goes with the whole double tap thing I guess.

Battery life is average on the scale. 4 hours of battery life with the onbaord 860 mAh lithium ion.

So what’s left is basically your standard S40 features: FM radio, microSD support, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP.

Sleekness has a price: 275 euros to be exact, and a ever-vague release date of sometime in the third quarter.

Nokia 6600 Fold
Nokia 6600 Fold

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