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Nokia N76

Nokia N76

17 January 2007
Written by Mike Meers

The N76 is the third clam-shell form factor handset in the high-end Nseries from Nokia, which is aimed primarily at the mobile multimedia market. The N76 has a 2.4” QVGA resolution display, external 262,144 colour display, 2mpx digital camera, Symbian OS, 3G connectivity, and microSD memory card support up to 2GB.

Nokia Nseries devices are the most sophisticated handsets made by Nokia, combining high-end functionality with eye catching designs. The 16 million colour internal LCD is an example of this high class technology. The display has the usual smartphone 240 x 320 QVGA resolution – perfect for capturing images and video with the integrated camera, watching videos full screen, and viewing internet pages as they should be displayed.

The external display measures 160 x 128 pixels and can display up to 262,144 colours. That’s the same specifications as some phones’ main display! The external LCD will provide you with a wide range of information without opening the N76 such as time, date, reception quality, missed calls, new messages, caller ID, and more.

The multimedia functionality on the N76 starts with the RealMedia player which supports video and audio playback, both streaming and locally stored. Audio formats supported on the handset include MP3, WAV, MIDI, AAC, M4A, and WMA. The N76 also supports playback of Windows Media DRM protected files, and has a built-in 3.5mm industry standard audio out jack for dedicated headphones. An FM stereo radio also makes the N76’s feature list.

A 2mpx digital camera on the front of the N76 can be used to capture still images up to 1600 x 1200 pixels, with 4x digital zoom. Video capture is also capable at 240 x 320 pixels, with or without audio. The usual LED flash is included for low lighting situations.

Bringing together all the features of the Nokia N76 is the Symbian operating system. Symbian version 9.2 is installed on the handset alongside the Nokia Series 60 2nd edition platform. There is 26MB of internal memory which doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but the microSD slot on the N76 supports cards up to 2GB. With a 2GB microSD card you can store around 1300 music files (using the eAAC+ codec at 48kbp/s). Using a higher quality codec like 128kbps MP3 files, around 250 files is a better estimate.

Unfortunately, it looks like only Europe is going to get a memory card in the Nokia N76’s sales package – and even then it’s only 256MB! Come on Nokia, lift your game!

To transfer files to the N76 your best bet is via the USB data-cable (included). The N76 also supports Bluetooth 2.0 (up to3MBit/s) for connection to a compatible computer or any other supported device. The N76 is quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz compatible, and also supports the 3G WCDMA 2100MHz band for data connectivity up to 384kbp/s. An inward-facing CIF+ camera can be used for video calling over a 3G network.

The N76 is expected to start shipping in the 1st quarter of this year – we can expect it a little later down under though.

FYI .:. Nokia N76
(ETA 1st quarter 2007)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (quad-band)
3G: WCDMA 2100MHz
Form factor Clam-shell
Size 106.5 x 52 x 13.7 mm
Weight 115 grams
Display Internal: 16 million colour TFT LCD @ 240 x 320 pixels
External: 262,144 colour TFT LCD @ 160 x 128 pixels
Battery type used Li-ion battery @ 700 mAh^
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 165 minutes*
3G: Up to 120 minutes*
Standby time* 2G: Up to 8.5 days*
3G: Up to 8.5 days*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth 2.0, USB
Camera support 2mpx digital camera with still and video support
Forward-facing CIF+ camera for video calls
Data support EGDE, GPRS, WCDMA
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Nokia browser with Mini Map
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 26MB
Yes, up to 2GB (microSD)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS and e-mail with T9 predictive text
Ringing tones MP3, WAV, MIDI, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, M4A, WMA, and Windows Media DRM playback
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via PC Suite (Outlook, Outlook Express, Lotus Notes)
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Nokia Series 60 2nd edition platform
Symbian 9.2 operating system
Extras supported
(not listed above)
FM Stereo radio

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

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