Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Nokia launches four new handsets
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--At its annual Capital Market Days, Nokia revealed to the media four new handsets for its 2007 product lineup.
Three of them (Nokia 6086,6290 and 6300) are targeted at midrange users, while the 2626, an entry-level candy bar, will cater to consumers in the emerging markets.

According to a press statement from Kai Oistamo, Nokia's executive vice president and general manager for Mobile Phones: "These new products underscore our commitment to offer a range of mobile phones that give consumers a choice in selecting the right balance of technology and design to meet their lifestyle and budget."

The highlight at the launch was undoubtedly the Nokia 6300. Measuring just 13.1mm thin, the new candy bar is one of the first slim phone offerings in recent years from the Finnish company. More significantly, many industry observers see the 6300 as an indication of Nokia's decision to finally follow the thin phone trend.

The 6290, meanwhile, is touted as the company's first midrange Series 60 3G smart phone, while the 6086 is its latest Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) handset. UMA handsets allow users to switch seamlessly between GSM and wireless LAN for mobile service coverage. While information on the 2626 remains sketchy for now, the handset is expected to come in several colors and include an FM radio.
All four models are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2007. However, according to a Nokia spokesperson, the 6086 is unlikely to make its way to the Asia-Pacific region due to the lack of mobile operators supporting the UMA service. The good news, though, is that the 6086 is almost identical in design and features to the 6085 that was announced, except for the UMA connectivity.

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