Nokia N96 heading to American shores… for 895 clams

Nokia96If you can hold out until the fourth quarter of the year, you’ll see the Nokia N96 arrive with HSDPA support here in North America. While the handset was shown off at the Global World Congress earlier this year, Nokia officially announced NAM version today. That’s good because we’ll all need time to save up for this puppy: Nokia says the estimated price is $895. Far too rich for my blood, even though it’s not just a GSM phone, but a "handheld, multimedia computer" with these features:

  • 2.8-inch display with QVGA (320 x 240 resolution)
  • S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
  • 5-megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics
  • Integrated WiFi, assisted GPS, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, FM radio
  • Nokia Maps 2.0 with a 3-month free trial
  • 16 GB of internal memory, microSD slot for expansion
  • Support for media playback: MP3, AAC, eAAC+, WMA, album art, DRM-protected Windows Media
  • N-Gage and Ovi support
  • Kickstand for supporting the device

Without any types of subsidies, I don’t think Nokia is going to move too many of these units at nearly $900. At that price, the display should be a larger and have a higher resolution in my opinion… and that’s just for starters. I’d also suspect, but have no confirmation, that the device will be geared for AT&T’s high-speed wireless network, not T-Mobile’s which is slowly rolling out and is very limited geographically by comparison. I think for $900, I’d opt for a far less expensive phone, a netbook and a 3G card. Then again, I don’t mind carrying a few items with me. Folks that want a nearly all-in-one device might be compelled by the N96, but I think you’ll still be limited from a productivity standpoint.

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