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Nokia N96 To Hit North America in Q4

August 28, 2008 in Nokia Phone News

While the Nokia N96 is nothing new, its release in the USA and beyond certainly is. And it’s coming all right – sometime in the fourth quarter of 2008, and bringing with it support for North American 3G bands. That’s the good news.

And now the bad news: the N96 is going to cost a whopper of a lot of money. Like $895 bucks.

Is it worth it? Tough call. With yesterday’s announcement of the N85, the N96 is Nokia’s most powerful slider by only a slight margin, which includes a .2″ bigger screen, 16 gigabytes of internal memory (+external), US 3G, and the infamous kick stand.

It also has to compete against some other very high-powered smartphones – Samsung Omnia, SE Xperia X1, LG KC910 to name a few.

On a side note, it’s interesting to see how smartphone prices have increased dramatically over the past year as phone makers continue to churn out fully-featured models with touch-screens, kick stands, and other fun stuff.

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