Nokia To Launch New Phones Next Week
Jun 10, 2004, 11:41 AM by (staff)
Reuters is reporting that Nokia plans to launch up to five new phones next week. Analysts familiar with the plans say the group will include two clamshell models - one for the mainstream market and one with a swiveling display. A "lightweight communicator model for business users" is also planned, as well as a new, small 3G phone. A music-oriented phone is expected to round out the announcements, which will forego a keypad and support multiple audio formats.
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