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3GSM World Congress: Nokia 6101, 6680, 6681 announced

3GSM World Congress naturally resulted in numerous mobile announcements from Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Panasonic and others.

Let´s start with Nokia that introduced three novelties: Nokia 6101, Nokia 6680 and Nokia 6681, and gave publicity to the key market trends.

The tri-band Nokia 6101 seems to be the first clamshell of the company with traditional "rounded" design. Featuring VGA camera and Push-to-Talk, this phone will support 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM ranges for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (6101 model) and 850/1800/1900 GSM ranges for both Americas (6102 model). Nokia 6101 is the first handset to officially support Nokia Xpress short audio messaging. The novelty is expected to go on sale in Q2 2005 for about €250. Accessories will include Nokia HS-6 with its own display showing caller ID or audio track playing.

The second novelty, Nokia 6680, features 262,144-color display and "slider" digital camera. But the key feature is the additional camera on the front dedicated to video calls. As a 3G model, the handset supports 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM ranges, EDGE and WCDMA.

The next one, new Series 60 (Symbian OS) smartphone features organizer, JPEG, MP3, PPT, DOC, XLS, PDF document browsing, video streaming, HTML browser. It has 640x480 VGA digital camera on the front and another one, 1280x960 (1.3-megapixel) on the back. The latter has 6x digital zoom and LED flash. According to the press release, besides the stereo player, Nokia 6680 supports certain audio service developed by Nokia together with Loudeye, introduced during the Congress. All of the above is packed into 108.4x55.2x20.5mm and 133g body. For sale Nokia 6680 will be available in March 2005 for about €500.

Finally, the new Nokia 6681 resembles Nokia 6680, but doesn´t have the front camera and WCDMA support. It also has 1.3Mp primary camera and supports Push-to-Talk. Sized 108.4x55.2x20.5 mm, it weighs 131g. Nokia 6681 is expected to go on sale in April 2005 for about €450. In both Americas customers will be offered Nokia 6682 supporting 850/1800/1900 MHz bands.

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