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May 18, 2009, 7:51 PM
so if i waited to use full 3g from the n97 i have to get at&t

May 19, 2009, 8:33 AM
Rich Brome

May 20, 2009, 2:48 PM
In the US, yes.

May 20, 2009, 3:58 PM
Hey Rich in the N97 specs page where it says MMS, it says SMIL, what exactly is that?

And are you sure the N97 isn't 7.2 HSPA?
Rich Brome

May 20, 2009, 4:04 PM
SMIL is in the glossary: »

The Nokia USA web site shows 3.6 as the HSDPA speed: »

May 20, 2009, 4:11 PM
All new smartphones are suppose to be 7.2! The Fuze/Touch Pro is 7.2 capable and that came out over 6 months ago. Besides, I'm definetly in no rush to pay over $600. I'll just hold tight to my N95. I'll wait for Nokia to come out with the N98, hopefully by then it'll have BT 3.0, a better processor, and better battery.

Thx for the quick response Rich.
Rich Brome

May 21, 2009, 9:17 AM
It depends on the chipset. I'm sure Nokia had other, good reasons for using this particular chipset that happens to only be capable of 3.6 speed.

It takes work to make a particular OS work on each particular chipset. When Nokia chose this particular chipset for its first S60 5th Edition devices, it may have been a long time ago, or there may have been a trade-off decision made, where they chose a chipset that had slower HSDPA but was better in other areas. Swapping it out for another chipset midway through development may have been like designing the phone from scratch, so that probably wasn't an option.

Also keep in mind that many other manufacturers use Qualcomm chipsets. Nokia does not (CDMA phones aside.)

May 21, 2009, 9:26 AM
Oh, I guess that makes sense. Nokia uses ARM chipsets, right.

So I heard the N86 has an AMOLED screen, hopefully by the time Nokia comes up with a follow-up to the N97 it'll have the less power consuming AMOLED display tech.

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