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The Nokia N96 is the latest multimedia Smartphone in the popular N series range and boasts powerful entertainment features – mobile TV, 5-megapixel camera, 16GB internal memory and N-Gage gaming.

Introduction

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Last year, the Nokia N95 all-in-one multimedia Smartphone won the hearts of many mobile users with its intuitive two-way slide design, integrated GPS, 5-megapixel camera and support for high-speed mobile networks – HSDPA and WLAN.

The flagship model of the popular N series has many favourable reviews, even though there were a few complaints about its average battery life and sluggish performance. The latter could be enhanced via firmware upgrades using the proprietary Nokia PC Suite.

The response was so good that Nokia came up with an improved N95 8GB. The improved version came with 8GB of storage and a larger capacity battery. Unfortunately, this newer model does not have a memory card expansion slot.

This year, building on the success of the N95, Nokia launched the N96 that offers similar features and chic exterior design. Based on S60 on Symbian OS, the N96 is slightly thinner and lighter than the N95 8GB, comes with a huge 16GB integrated memory capacity, a microSD memory card slot for expansion, 2.8-inch display with 16 million colours, 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and integrated mobile TV DVB-H receiver.

Here’s the specification chart of the N96 and for comparison the N95 and N95 8GB:-

Nokia N96Nokia N95 8GBNokia N95
CPU264 MHz332 MHz332 MHz
Internal memory16GB flash8GB flash160MB
Expansion memory card slotmicroSD/microSDHC NAmicroSD/microSDHC
Display size2.8-inch (240×320 pixels)2.8-inch (320×240 pixels)2.6-inch (240×320 pixels)
Display coloursup to 16 millionup to 16.7 millionup to 16 million
Operating frequencyWCDMA 2100/900 (HSDPA), WCDMA 2100 (HSDPA), EGSM 900WCDMA 2100 (HSDPA), EGSM 900,
 EGSM900, GSM 850/1800/1900 MHzGSM 850/1800/1900 MHz (EGPRS)GSM 850/1800/1900 MHz
 (EGPRS), DVB-H Class C, 470-750 MHz  
Talk timeup to 160/230 min (WCDMA/GSM)up to 210/300 min (WCDMA/GSM)up to 156/240 min (WCDMA/GSM)
Standby timeup to 200/230 hr (WCDMA/GSM)up to 11.5 days (WCDMA/GSM)up to 8.3/9.3 days (WCDMA/GSM)
Camera resolution5-megapixel (2592 x 1944)5-megapixel (2592 x 1944)5-megapixel (2592 x 1944)
Digital Zoom10x20x10x
ConnectivityWLAN 802.11 b/g, USB 2.0 with MicroWLAN 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth, USB2.0WLAN 802.11 b/g, USB 2.0 with Micro
 USB interface, 3.5mm stereo headsetwith Micro USB interface, 3.5mmUSB interface, 3.5mm stereo headset
 plug, TV-out support (PAL/NTSC),stereo headphone plug, TV-outplug. Bluetooth 2.0, Infrared, TV-out
 Bluetooth 2.0support (PAL/NTSC), Infraredsupport (PAL/NTSC)
Battery950mAH1200 mAh950mAH
Dimension103x55x18mm99x53x21mm99x53x21mm
Weight125g128g120g