Nokia Launches N85, N79 and N96 for the US

From PC World: Nokia has expanded its N series of smart phones with two new models: the N85 and the N79. The company will also start selling an Americanized version of the upcoming N96, it announced on Tuesday.

The N85 comes in the shape of a two-way slider, and has 2.6 inch OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen. The phone measures 103 millimeters by 50 mm by 16 mm and weighs 128 grams. Users can surf the Internet using either HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) at 3.6M bps or use a Wi-Fi connection. They can also store photos taken with the 5-megapixel camera on the included 8G-byte microSD card. Photos can be geotagged using the built-in for A-GPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) receiver.

On the entertainment side, the phone comes loaded with at least 10 N-Gage gaming titles, and a voucher to activate one full game license, according to Nokia. The phone also has a built-in FM transmitter, which makes it possible to listen to music via a car radio. For users who prefer headphones there is a 3.5 mm audio jack.

The N85 is expected to begin shipping in October with an estimated retail price of €450 (US$660), before taxes and subsidies.

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