Nokia holding five hour sale tomorrow, online and in Flagship Stores

By on June 24, 2009 at 10:26 AM.

Nokia holding five hour sale tomorrow, online and in Flagship Stores

Apparently Nokia’s online sale last week was pretty effective because the Finnish manufacturer has decided to give it another go. This time around the sale is good at both Nokia Flagship Stores — in New York and Chicago — and online as well for those who don’t live near a shop. Here’s how this one shapes up:

  • 5800            $280.00
  • E63              $195.00
  • E66              $275.00
  • E71              $285.00
  • E75              $380.00
  • N79              $260.00
  • N85              $330.00
  • N95 8G         $355.00
  • N96              $440.00

Not bad at all, Nokia. As you can see, some of the prices are even better than last week’s deal and all fall into range off the 30-50 percent off. So when can you get your Symbian fix on the cheap? Thursday, June 25th in New York City from 11am-4pm local time (Eastern) and in Chicago from 10am-3pm local time (Central). The sale will also be going down in the same time slot on nokiausa.com. Anyone eyeing some new kit?

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Stock sheet may reveal available dates of some upcoming handsets

By on March 6, 2009 at 3:47 PM.

Stock sheet may reveal available dates of some upcoming handsets

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.

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2009 Rogers / Fido roadmap leaked, leads to smartphone heaven

By on December 25, 2008 at 9:10 AM.

2009 Rogers / Fido roadmap leaked, leads to smartphone heaven

Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean that the mobile phone industry is safe from leaks. HoFo user clearskies08 has posted pictures which are purported to be from an internal Rogers and Fido flagship presentation. They reveal all of the flagship smartphones that the two carriers plan to release in 2009. Virtually every single phone in the line-up has been written about before in one way or another so we’ll spare you their specs, but rest assured, if even one quarter of the phones in the presentation end up hitting store shelves, 2009 is looking to be a hell of a year for Rogers and its dog. Hit the jump for a complete list of handsets along with images from the presentation.

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Nokia N79 NAM passes through FCC

By on October 15, 2008 at 5:50 PM.

Nokia N79 NAM passes through FCC

It looks like the FCC just let the cat out of the bag and Nokia’s upcoming candy-coated shooter is headed for the US packing 850/1900 UMTS for use with AT&T’s 3G network. We first saw the N79 back in June and since then, opinions have been pretty consistent: It looks weird. The specs are definitely there; 5 megapixel Zeiss camera with sliding lens cover, dual LED flash, VGA video recording, TV-out, S60 Feature Pack 2 and the works. The look of the handset is where most people take issue. The N79 is very un-Nseries, so to speak. Most other recent Nseries handsets are very understated and somewhat sophisticated relative to competitive handsets. The N81, N96, N78 and N85 all have very smooth lines and monotone faces. The N79 on the other hand, is essentially the polar opposite. A white plasticky face, flush keypad and tiny little silver softkey / call buttons are surrounded by an out of place chrome bezel. Even the bezel itself doesn’t follow the typically smooth and continuous Nseries lines as its path is broken by both the Nokia logo and the multimedia button. Then you get to the back and, well, it’s a bit loud for some tastes though a pretty cool feature activates a theme to match the color of the swappable back covers. If you can manage to get past its quirky looks, the N79′s specs are among the most well rounded that we’ve seen in an Nseries device. It really does have all the bases covered as far as media-centric handsets are concerned. The N79 is scheduled to start shipping outside the US for about $520 before the end of the year. Hopefully we can look forward to a US release in that time frame as well.

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Nokia N85 and N79 Get Official

By on August 25, 2008 at 1:34 PM.

Nokia N85 and N79 Get Official

Well, it didn’t take Nostradamus to predict which two handsets Nokia would be announcing this week. About two weeks ago it was leaked that Nokia would be holding a private online event detailing two new handsets that would become official this week. The obvious guess was that said handsets would be none other than the N85 and N79 and as it turns out, bloggers were right on the money. Thanks to a broken embargo from Pocket-lint, it’s now confirmed that Nokia made the two handsets official early this morning and indeed it looks like both phones have been pretty well covered. Even the images of the fake N79 handset that floated around last week were spot on (of course – the Chinese rule handset copies). The specs on these puppies have been covered up and down already so we won’t go back through them. Among the few new things we’ve learned of is the, ahem, interesting color choice for the N79 case shown above. Yeah, we have to imagine other colors will be available as well though. As for the N85, it will apparently be pitched as a bit of a gaming device and come with 10 demo N-Gage titles presinstalled. Owners will also be able to select one N-Gage title for free. Both handsets are said to be scheduled for a release next month. Wow! Go Nokia – not having a six month gap between announcement and availability will be a nice change of pace.

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Live Pics Galore of the Upcoming Nokia N79

By on August 18, 2008 at 5:49 PM.

Live Pics Galore of the Upcoming Nokia N79

We’re not sure exactly what we should be focusing on in this most recent round of live Nokia N79 pics; the handset or the wonderfully artistic backdrop of foliage. Well since we can’t just sit here chatting about leaves and such, we might as well talk about the handset a bit. Shown above in white, the N79 is undoubtedly the most odd Nseries handset we’ve seen in recent history. We keep going back and forth between, “eh, it’s not so bad” and “yeah, it’s bad”. These new images don’t really tell us anything we didn’t already know about the handset, although the great clarity really causes attention to draw toward the rear cover. The pattern on the back kind of looks like a Yankees uniform in desperate need of some ironing. What’s the deal with the sudden angle there fellas? JAMP seems to mirror what we all assumed in stating that the N79 is scheduled for an official announcement next Monday along with another handset, presumably the N85, though we can’t confirm either for the time being.

UPDATE: Thanks to our Chinese-speaking readers, we now know the images above (and the rest on the linked website) are fakes. Damn, these guys are getting good! Let’s hope the actual model does something about those pinstripes on the back cover…

[Via JAMP]

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Two New Nokia Handsets to be Announced August 25th

By on August 13, 2008 at 10:51 AM.

Two New Nokia Handsets to be Announced August 25th

Yep, this has Nseries event written all over it. Awkwardly secretive, selective audience, decent budget; when it comes to making bloggers feel special Nokia will always be the king. This coming Monday at 3:00 am EST Nokia will be holding a private online event that will showcase two upcoming Nokia handsets a week ahead of the official public Nokia announcement. The online shindig will will cover all the details about these two new handsets and will likely involve a couple of product managers to field some inquiries. Now we’re not betting men here at BGR but if we had to venture a guess as to which handsets will be announced it would have to be the N79 and the N85. The N79 as you recall is a bit of an ugly duckling, mildly reminiscent of the N82. Specs are pretty much unknown at this point beyond a 2.4 inch QVGA screen, a 5 megapixel camera and Feature Pack 2. The N85 on the other hand, is pretty much an open book at this point after having passed through the FCC recently. Tri-band WCDMA, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, integrated FM Transmitter and GPS and dual-slide form factor a la N95 cover the highlights. We’d like to think that the 5800 XpressMusic might be announced in place of one of the aforementioned handsets but it’s likely not in the cards. Some day…

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Live Images Nokia N85, N79 and 5800 XpressMedia

By on June 10, 2008 at 7:55 AM.

Live Images Nokia N85, N79 and 5800 XpressMedia

While the world waited with baited breath to tune in for every last word from the Apple keynote, live shots of three little Nokias crept out into the wild. The timing is very interesting. Perhaps even more interesting is the coincidence that two completely different sets of live N85 photos found their way onto the internet on the same day. Hmmmm. Is Nokia planting a few seeds in an effort to steal some of the limelight? We may never know. Regardless, pictured above from left to right you’ll find the N85, 5800 XpressMedia (which we’ve already seen plenty of) and N79. The N85, which is labeled N00 as all Nseries handsets are in the early prototype phase, is a dual slide a la N95 / N96. Think of it as the N96′s little cousin. Little is known about it at this point but from the images found on the read link we can see a 5 megapixel Zeiss camera with a sliding lens cover and dual LED flash. Odd that the lens cover on the picture of the two N85s together has different text than the picture of the solo N85. Next in line is the 5800 XpressMedia aka Tube. We’ve told you plenty about it already and there’s really no additional info to be learned from the photos. Lastly, the N79 (also marked N00) is a big variation from the design cues we’ve seen coming out of Finland lately. It does bear some resemblance to the N82 though, so perhaps it’s an offspring. Whatever the case may be, the keypad looks pretty smooth and the handset is definitely unique. What do you guys think?

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