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N93 here at last

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Nokia has at last begun shipping its N73 and N93 media phones to its carrier customers, the handset giant said today.

The N73 is Nokia's bid for camera-phone supremacy: it sports a 3.2 megapixel unit with auto-focus, flash, mechanical shutter, 20x digital zoom and Carl Zeiss optics all feeding through to handset's 2.4in, 262,144-colour, 240 x 320 display. The camera can grab 15fps video at 352 x 388.

nokia n73

Nokia said it's offering two N73s: one with 3G, the other with a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE radio. The 3G model has a front-mounted VGA camera with 2x digital zoom for video calls. There's 42MB of on-board memory and a MiniSD slot so you can add more.

The handset has Bluetooth 2.0 on board, a music players and all the personal information management features you'd expect from a modern smart phone, all in a 11 x 4.9 x 1.2cm, 116g package retailing for around €400 (£273/$507). Nokia is offering the phone in silver/purple, white/red and white/brown colour schemes.

The N93 is more about video than still photography. It too has a 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and autofocus, but this time there's a 3x optical zoom as well as the 20x digital zoom. It'll do 30fps video at 640 x 480 - good enough for a standard-definition TV, for which there's a bundled connector cable. The N93 boasts the same 2.4in, 240 x 320, 262,144-colour display as the N73.

nokia n93

It's got more memory, though - 50MB - and Nokia's bundling a 128MB MiniSD card. The handset incorporates Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) as well as Bluetooth 2.0, and operates over 3G networks.

All this is unlikely to cheap - Nokia didn't say what it's likely to retail for without a SIM, but we expect it to cost rather more than the N73. It's not exactly compact either: it weighs 180g and measurs 11.8 x 5.6 x 2.8cm.

Nokia didn't say which networks have agreed to take on the N73 and/or N93. ®

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