Next up in our coverage of Nokia’s CTIA handset highlights are the Nokia 7205 Intrigue and the N97 — two handsets that couldn’t be on more opposite ends of the spectrum. The Intrigue is a low end feature phone with an insanely tall and thin stature, unique styling cues and a polarizing design to say the least. The N97 on the other hand, is a sleek and subtle smartphone with the honor of being Nokia’s first touchscreen Nseries. The Intrigue was made specifically for Verizon Wireless and costs a mere $130 on contract. The N97 will probably never find its way to a US carrier and will cost you upwards of $700. The Intrigue was announced and released in nearly the same breath. The N97 was announced back when Carter was in office — or maybe it just feels that way — and it “should be released sometime in June”. A cheapo feature phone aimed at American tweens and a sleek smartphone that has mobile enthusiasts around the world drooling in anticipation… With range like this and the ability to appeal to such opposite markets/demographics, it’s no wonder Nokia is still top dog in the handset game. Hit the jump and enjoy a few hands on pics of your next handset — right after some more hands on pics of your daughter’s next handset.
Nokia’s latest offering for Verizon Wireless, the 7205 Intrigue we first heard mumblings of back in November, is now available online. The surprisingly sexy 7205 shapes up like so:
- CDMA, 1X/EV–DO Rev. A
- 2.2″ internal display with QVGA Resolution
- 1.9″ external display, 176×32 white PMOLED
- 2.0 megapixel camera/camcorder with flash
- GPS enabled/E911
- 2.5mm headset jack
- microSD expansion (up to 8GB)
- Music player with external touch sensitive controls
- Playback of MP3, WMA, unprotected AAC, and unprotected AAC+ formats
- V CAST Music with Rhapsody
- Chaperone® Parent/Child
- VZ Navigator capable
- Visual Voice Mail capable
- OTA software updates
- Eco–friendly charger uses up to 50% less energy than Energy Star requirements
- Dimensions: 3.56″(h) x 1.85″(w) x 0.55″(d)
The Intrigue is available with a pink keypad or silver keypad and will run you $129 after a $50 rebate with a 2-year contract, $199 after a $50 rebate with a 1-year contract or $299 at full retail. Hit the jump for a few more images of this sleek new flip phone.
In a world where it’s all BlackBerry this, Apple that, GPS this, and “where the hell is the Wi-Fi” that, it’s nice to see some companies are still interested in making great little phones for the masses. One such phone is the Nokia Intrigue 7205, an EV-DO Rev. 0 clam shell that is coming soon to Verizon. It might not have all of the fancy bells and whistles most of the phones featured on this website do but a 2 megapixel camera, microSD slot, Stereo Bluetooth, QVGA internal display external landscape display with what appear to be touch-sensitive media buttons will do most people just fine. Plus it comes in two finishes; a black to gray fade for little Jimmy and a black to pink fade for little Dani and those who aren’t intimidated by gender stereotyping. All in all we have to say that no matter which finish you chose, the Intrigue is easily the sexiest clam shell feature phone since the Motorola Vader. And that’s saying something! Hit the jump for another marketing shot. More →
Rumored to be a portion of a stock sheet from Best Buy a “major national retailer”, this image above is reportedly reveals the release dates of a variety of upcoming handsets. No, there’s nothing too exciting there but if the source is reliable it does indeed fill in a few question marks that have been looming — namely the E71x release date. So let’s have a look… Starting with AT&T, the document lists both the Samsung i627 “Jackfrost” and blue Samsung A767 “Propel” as becoming available on March 29th. Next up is the Nokia E71x, listed as “E71 Charcoal”, finally arriving on April 1st and the LG Xenon, which was apparently delayed so long it’s now called “Zenon”, arriving on April 10th. Moving along to Verizon, it looks like the Nokia 7205 Intrigue will hit store shelves on March 15th along with Sprint’s Palm Treo Pro which has been delayed more than a connecting flight in Atlanta. Sure, the more exciting handsets of 2009 won’t be out until the Summer months and beyond, but there are a few nice looking pieces of kit here to tide us over in the meantime.