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Nokia N78

Nokia N78

12 February 2008
Written by David Hall

Welcome the next addition to the N-series family: the Nokia N78. Music, navigation, and photography are the main focus areas of the N78, with state of the art technology including an aGPS module, Carl Zeiss camera, 16 million colour display, and a digital music player with support for Nokia’s new online Music Store.

The N78 is a quaint candy-bar form factor handset, with stylish black glossy front and metallic sides and back. Dedicated external keys offer quick access to popular features such as the camera viewfinder and volume adjustment. The display is a 2.4” panel with 240 x 320 pixel resolution and up to 16 million colours – optimum for viewing images, video, and browsing the web.

Nokia’s Digital Music Player application supports well-known audio formats such as MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, and WMA. Full length tracks can be downloaded to the N78 without the need for a PC through Nokia’s Music Store, or you can transfer files (licence permitting) from a compatible PC. Support for OMA DRM 2.0 and WMDRM are supported for purchased tracks.

The N78 has integrated stereo speakers for listening to music, or you can keep it to yourself with a Bluetooth headset (A2DP stereo audio supported), or a wired headset. A 3.5mm Nokia AV connector allows you to plug regular headphones straight into the N78 – no need for unsightly adapters. A stereo FM radio is built-in to the handset, as well an FM transmitter for streaming audio to a radio. This functionality is often offered through accessories and is one of the first times it has been built-in.

Never get lost again with the N78’s integrated aGPS (Assisted GPS) module. The N78 uses the power of OTA data communication (where available) to gain information on where the GPS satellites may be, cutting down lock-on time significantly. Nokia Maps 2.0 is pre-installed on the handset with free maps for over 150 countries (operator download charges apply).

A 3.2mpx digital camera will handle all of the N78’s imaging needs. Nokia have once again teamed up with Carl Zeiss Optics to provide users with a top of the line Tessar auto-focus lens. Up to 20x digital zoom is offered by the viewfinder application, which can also communicate with the GPS module to tag images with location information on capture. An additional camera on the front of the N78 is provided for video calling.

WLAN 802.11b/g networks can be connected to by the N78, saving on operator download costs when in range. The UPnP protocol is also supported, allowing compatible devices to be controlled over the wireless network. Connectivity options Bluetooth (version 2.0) and USB (version 2.0) can be used to sync and transfer data.

The N78 supports all 2G networks (GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz), and two 3G networks (WCDMA 900/2100MHz). The GPRS and EDGE protocols can be used to connect to the Internet when roaming on a 2G network, with HSDPA and WCDMA data available on 3G networks. Nokia Web Browser makes it easy to browse made-for-PC websites thanks to its Mini-Map and Visual History functions.

The Nokia N78 is expected in Q2 2008 and at release will be available for approximately 350 euros (~$562AUD at time of writing).

FYI .:. Nokia N78
(ETA 3rd quarter of 2008)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA/HSDPA 900/2100MHz
Form factor Standard
Size 113 x 49 x 15.1mm
Weight 101.8 grams
Display 2.4", 16.7 million colour TFT LCD display @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 1200mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 260 minutes*
3G: Up to 190 minutes*
Standby time* 2G & 3G: Up to 320 hours*
Audio playback: Up to 24 hours
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0
Camera support 3.2mpx camera with Carl Zeiss Optics, 20x digital zoom and VGA (640 x 480 pixels) video recording
Data support WLAN, EDGE, GPRS, and HSDPA
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Nokia Web Browser
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 70GB
Yes, microSD (2GB supplied, up to 8GB supported)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and e-mail messaging with T9
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, and WMA ring tones
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via Nokia PC Suite
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Nokia Series 60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2
Extras supported
(not listed above)
FM transmitter
WLAN 802.11b/g support
CIF camera for video calling
3.5mm Nokia AV connector
FM stereo radio

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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