Phonemag.com: Nokia have officially announced the N96 smartphone. An update to the popular N95, over 7 million of which were sold, the N96 adopts the manufacturer’s current high-gloss style while updating the long spec-list that prompted so much interest in its predecessor.
Quadband GSM & HSDPA(WCDMA/HSDPA 900/2100, EGSM 900, GSM/EGPRS 850/1800/1900 MHz) together with WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR and GPS are joined by Assisted-GPS for improved accuracy and, in certain markets, a DVB-H mobile TV receiver.
A 5-megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED camera flash (which does double duty as a video light) can capture images up to 2592 x 1944 and MPEG-4 VGA video footage at 30fps. These can be geotagged, stored and organised on the N96’s 16GB of internal memory (which can be augmented with a microSD card), uploaded to online galleries such as Flickr or Nokia’s Ovi service, or streamed to a computer or compatible TV using a TV-out cable or wireless UPnP.
Nokia Maps 2.0 features strongly on the N96, offering navigation and multimedia city guides as well as user-downloadable maps and satellite imagery. Options are available for voice-guided car navigation or pedestrian-optimised turn-by-turn instructions.