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AT&T holiday release schedule afterthought; Nokia 6650

Zach Epstein
October 18th, 2008 at 10:54 AM

After last night’s revelation that the Bold is finally going to drop on AT&T, it’s kind of hard to step back for a second and soak in the rest of the list. We did however, want to point something out that really is pretty big news. We’ve had a good idea that AT&T would be adding the Nokia 6650 to its arsenal at some point and now that we have confirmation of both timing and price, we have to say that this is pretty big news for our pals over in Finland. The 6650 might carry the same name as one of Nokia’s antique external antenna-rocking candy bars but this is not your Grandfather’s Nokia. This is a sleek, ultra-thin 3G clam shell with a sexy metal case and some great potential in the US market. A quick look at the specs:

  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 2100
  • 99.7 x 47 x 16.2 mm, 112 g
  • S60 3rd Edition OS, Feature Pack 2
  • 2.2-inch 240 x 320 pixel TFT display, 16M colors
  • Second external 128 x 160 pixel TFT display above three touch-sensitive buttons
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • 2 megapixel camera with flash
  • Integrated GPS
  • 1500 mAh battery (!)
  • Made entirely out of recyclable materials

In a nutshell, this is exactly what the N76 should have been. The kicker in all of this takes us back up to the leaked internal correspondence shown above. $70! That price point is amazing for any S60 device, let alone a new 3G clam shell with FP2 and sex appeal. If store reps do their duty and talk this puppy up, who in their right mind would take even a free RAZR when full-featured 3G smartphone with the same form factor and 1,000 times functionality is only $70 away? The Nokia 6650 is well-positioned to avenge the untimely death of the N75 we’re definitely rooting for it. As you can see above, it drops on November 4th so we might just have to swing by an AT&T store and snag one on our way home from the polls.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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