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Nokia N95 8GB - FCC spills the beans

The FCC website (US regulator) currently has some information about the Nokia N95 8GB on its website. Hardware changes include a reworked back section with the removal of the camera lens cover to allow for a bigger battery. The top slide media keys are now slightly raised and the phone itself is black. There are also some interesting hints about the software in the manual with references to N-Gage gaming and the Nokia Music store. Read on for more.

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Nice.. I don't like the black colour though.. looks too much like every other (Samsung) slider out there..

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Well, it's not a huge surprise, but this must be the first confirmed (albeit slightly unofficially) Next Gen N-Gage compatible device. It's nice to see that the N-Gage application will be downloadable, so a lot of current device owners will be able to get the games from day one.

Having a userbase of perhaps several million right from the launch should help to overcome the problems the original N-Gage had in getting third party support.
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Yes interesting to see the multimedia key develop into something quite significant. I think offering a content key is quite a good way to offer this. Its one solution to avoiding the complexity of an open platform with lots of extras bits while still providing an easy way to get at multimedia bits.

Though I can hear the critics having a go at two different UIs / ways to do things already (there is merit to this in a way).
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"Though I can hear the critics having a go at two different UIs / ways to do things already (there is merit to this in a way)."

Well... it's a matter of taste, but I've always thought that a good UI provides as many ways as possible to do something, because everyone has their own favourite way which they find most intuitive. You can access most functions in Windows or Mac OS through the keyboard, or mouse, or menu systems, or a combination of all three. There must be a dozen different ways of finding and opening a file in Windows.

The multimedia screen seems pretty much a favourites list or bookmarks list. Windows has its Start menu as well as the conventional icon system, Mac OS also has a chunk of on-screen icons as well as its usual menus, it's not a crazy thing to have a section of the UI which highlights important applications (and indeed that's what the S60 active standby already does).

What would be a good complement to the multimedia screen would be to have the My Own key lead to an automatically updated list of the most frequently opened files and applications. It would let people get to stuff that they know they used but can't remember how to find.
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Hi there,

but you know what? It looks, like the N95-8GB does not have a microSD slot.
See page 95:

Your device has an 8 GB internal memory providing
high-capacity storage for different kind of files.
[...]
To change the name of the mass memory, select
Options > Memory card name.
To back up information from the device memory to
the mass memory, select Options > Back up
phone memory.

This looks like it still has internal memory and mass memory. Not 8 GB internal memory plus a microSD slot :(

Anyway, looking forward to it

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The screen definitely looks larger.

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but WHY??

What about the N81?

Why remove the microsd? There is alot of flexibility in having a removable card.

why make the 8gb internal? An card of such size included in the box would have sufficed.

The new look is quite ugly.

The new software inclusions and tweaks are welcome.

The larger battery is very well due.
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any idea on the pricing of this baby ?

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the pictures are not of a n95 az the buttons are different and thhe multimedia buttons do not have that hump

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n-gage?

Hi, at the end of your artical is this text, can't understand what you want to tell us, is there any link to download this application already?

"Maual Quote:
Discover N-Gage application With this preview application you can get information about the upcoming N-Gage gaming experience, try out game demos, and download and install the full N-Gage application when it becomes available.

N-Gage application The full featured application gives you access to the complete N-Gage experience. You can find new games, try and buy games, find other players, and access scores, events, chat and more. "

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"Hi, at the end of your artical is this text, can't understand what you want to tell us, is there any link to download this application already?"

The text is from the new N95's manual. There is no download link. The preview application it mentions would be built into the new N95.

The actual Next Gen N-gage application will not be available until the Next Gen N-Gage platform launches some time in the next few weeks or months.


"Why remove the microsd? There is alot of flexibility in having a removable card."

It could be that removing the memory card slot allowed them to fit a bigger battery. Devices like these are always about tradeoffs really, there's always something that suffers whenever you make alterations.


"but WHY??"

Some people wanted an N95 with a bigger battery and more RAM?


"What about the N81?"

That will probably be launched at a separate event in a few weeks time.


"the pictures are not of a n95 az the buttons are different and thhe multimedia buttons do not have that hump"

It's of a new version of the N95 for the US market. It's like the N93 and N93i looked different but were basically the same phone.
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There's a good chance that the N81 will be announced too. Nokia usually announce 2 or 3 Nseries phones at a time.

The ting about internal memory is that it is there from the start. While I imagine most people reading this site wouldn't think twice about buying a memory card there are people who might not want to / cant be bothered. At the end of the day 8GB is a big chunk of memory. Its very few people who are going to be willing to swap out several 4GB cards.

I would anticipate that the pricing will be slightly above that of an N95. Like the N95 it'll start if pricey and fall as we go.
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Hi all,

Well as nice and interesting as this looks it seems for once the US is getting a better specified device than the rest of the world. Really i hope Nokia do the sensible thing and just include all the bands available and make it a truly world device as that would be the best solution in MO i don't see the need for location specific devices in this time, when we live in a Global market why not just produce one device for all. As economies of scale would reduce costs and whilst they are at it all devices should have world wide warranty support my only other disappointment with Nokia and others manufacturers policy.

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Marc,

I read a comment somewhere saying that Nokia's unwillingness/inability to put in all frequencies has something to do with their dispute with Qualcom and that it would be fairly expensive to do so at this time due to licencing fees. Not sure if there is any truth to that.

Hmm.. still not sure if the screen is really bigger or not.. Have to wait till 29th I guess.
 

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