Expected Q1 2007
9th January 2007
The Nokia N76 is a radical new design of clamshell phone.. for Nokia. But there’s something familiar about it..
Of course, there’s something of the Motorola RAZR in the design of the N76. The flat keyboard with a distinctive kick at the bottom is certainly in the style of the RAZR, although to be fair, LG have done this too with handsets such as the P7200. It’s not a copy of the RAZR though, far from it.. the Nokia N73 has a style all of its own and has a rich feature set that puts most Motorola handsets to shame.
In technical terms, the Nokia N76 sits somewhere in the middle of the N-series range. There’s a 2 megapixel camera, 240×320 pixel main display wth ambient light detector, microSD expandable memory, a multimedia player with external controls and an FM radio. It’s a quad-band GSM phone with 3G (UMTS 2100) capabilities, and as with other N-Series devices it runs the Symbian S60 operating system.
At 115 grams, the Nokia N76 is only average when it comes to weight, although the overall size of 106x52x13.7mm makes it one of the slimmest 3G clamshells on the market. These slim looks seem to come at the expense of battery life – the Nokia N76 only has 2 hours talktime on 3G and 2 hours 45 minutes on GSM. Standby time is 8.5 days.
The Nokia N76 isn’t a bad device by any means, but it’s a fashion victim. Nokia have released this just as the interest in RAZR-style handsets in slumping, and there’s nothing particularly outstanding in the technical specification to make it interesting. What’s worse is that the N76 has almost exactly the same basic specifications as the cheaper Nokia 6290 – although the N76 has a slightly larger screen and more bundled applications.. but the 6290 has a longer battery life).
The Nokia N76 should be available during Q1 2007 for a price of around €390/£250 before tax and subsidy.