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Nokia Nixes N93 Form Factor, For Now

Zach Epstein
May 13th, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Of all Nseries handsets that Nokia has issued over the years, the N90 / N92 / N93 / N93i have what is by far the most unique form factor. Is it a phone? Is it a digital camcorder? Is it a messenger? Yes, yes and yes. The camera quality, especially on the latter models, was incredible and arguably trumped even the 5 megapixel camera found on the N95 line of handsets. Yes, the handsets where a bit wide around the waist and that was likely the biggest complaint users had, but these devices attracted a pretty big ‘cult’ following that was and is reluctant to pick up another phone. These die-hards are in for some bad news unfortunately. It has been quite a while since the release of the N93i and many would say Nokia is about due for an update. According to a reliable Nokia Blog source however, that update won’t be hitting shelves any time soon. In fact, it could be more than two years before a flip-and-swivel successor makes its way to market. The source placed the time line at 2010 but failed to specify a quarter or any additional details. Whatever the case may be, we hope that once a successor comes along it sees some solid updating and refinement. First and foremost of course, how about some quad-band GSM love and a little US high speed data? Oh and please be sure to put the thing on a treadmill until it works off some of that bulk.

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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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