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Intro N92 N80  

Nov 3, 2005, 10:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Live report from NMC 2005 in Barcelona. Hands-on with the N80, N71, and N92, plus Nokia's new web browser.

Nokia's Mobility Conference is an annual event for Nokia's customers, developers, and press, to get an annual update on where the company is and where it's headed. It's kind of like an annual shareholder's meeting, but focused on products instead of all that financial mumbo jumbo.

It's typical for Nokia to announce new phones at NMC, and this year was no different. This year saw a major expansion of the new Nseries lineup of flagship phones. The lineup doubled, in fact, with three all-new phones.

Although Nokia tried to play up each phone as having a unique strength, in fact, each phone builds on the features of the next, going up the numbering scheme. So the new N80 has all the features of the new N71, and the N92, in turn, has nearly all of the features of the N80.

In addition to announcing three new phones, Nokia also provided a clearer picture of the current Nseries and S60 platform, even revealing new features of previously-announced phones that were not widely publicized before.

All of the new phones use the brand-new Third Edition of the S60 (formerly Series 60) smartphone platform. S60 Third Edition is based on Symbian OS version 9. Previous versions of Series 60 were based on Symbian 8, which is not binary-compatible. That means software applications written for previous versions of Series 60 probably won't work on phones with the new S60 Third Edition.

S60 Third Edition brings a wealth of new features to the platform. Most are behind-the-scenes, but the most obvious is support for a variety of new screen sizes and orientations. This brings it in line with the latest versions of Windows Mobile, although S60 adds the ability for soft-keys to be located down the side of the display instead of just along the bottom. This provides more flexibility in phone design, as seen in the recently-announced E70.

To support the large variety of screen sizes and shapes, new software written for S60 Third Edition uses scalable vector graphics (SVG), which lets developers create one flexible screen layout instead of separate layouts for each supported screen size and shape. This is another reason old Series 60 software won't work with new S60 Third Edition devices.

In addition to the three phones announced this week, several previously-announced phones will also be launched in Q1 2006 with S60 Third Edition. These include the N91, 3250, E60, E61, and E70.

About the author, Rich Brome:

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.


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Dec 25, 2005, 9:56 AM

Are u sure the n91 also has the new browser?

Are u sure the n91 also has the new browser?
Because other sources do not mention anything about n91 supporting the new browser.
Although i agree, the n91 is based on the new s60 3rd edition platform and that it should support it.

It''ll be great if it does support it as it has wi-fi.

Please confirm this bit of news.
I'd Be very grateful.
Thank You.

Nov 3, 2005, 1:07 PM

i still bet they tweek the N80

i don't see why cingular would pick this one up if it didn't support UMTS850 band. That said, i hope they also manage HSDPA b4 US release, too. I'd even be willing to wait a few more months for it. I was really thinking the 6280 would be my next phone, until i saw the N80 with it's specs
I want! I am thinking that this will definatly be my next phone. I am not a slider fan, but I think I am going to like this one. And I've been looking for my next nokia, and this is it. And, if it comes out 1st quater, it's should just be in time for ...

Nov 18, 2005, 11:03 AM

About N80....

hey guys.... why would anyone bring nokia n80 when it doesn't have the auto focus feature coming with its 3 megapixel camera? isn't it better that you use that money to purchase a digicam instead?

Nov 14, 2005, 5:50 PM

One thing i dont like about the N80

Why the heck didn't they make the slider mechanics spring loaded or magnetic so it is nice and smooth? any chance they might change that?

Nov 6, 2005, 6:41 PM


will the n71 be GSM 850/1800/1900 for the cingular network
Nope. ☹️

Nov 3, 2005, 10:58 PM


Thanks for the full pics of the new browser, Rich. To me, this was the most interesting part of the article, as I've been waiting for a browser like this one. Great info!
This is a better broswer than opera and netfront I bet its faster too.
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