Nokia introduces the first EDGE-capable smartphone for the Americas market
January 15, 2004
Nokia 6620 imaging phone combines the productivity of a business tool with the fun of a multimedia device
Surrounded by the bright lights and fast pace of Times Square in New York, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) today unveiled the new Nokia 6620 imaging phone, the first smartphone for the Americas market optimized for use on new high-speed EDGE networks. The Nokia 6620 imaging phone employs a 65,000 color TFT screen for viewing still images and video clips captured by the integrated VGA camera and real-time video streaming over the EDGE network using the built-in RealOne mobile player. While taking pictures, users have the ability to use the 2X digital zoom and a self-timer feature to allow everyone to be included in the fun, while the extended memory enables the saving of hundreds or even thousands of images. The powerful Symbian OS-based Series 60 platform allows for the creation of richer applications including business and productivity tools such as mobile e-mail, over-the air synchronization of PDA data, a fully integrated Internet browser (HTML 4.01, XHTML/CSS and WML), and a wide selection of third-party applications. The Nokia 6620 imaging phone (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900/1800 MHz) is expected to be available during the second quarter of 2004.
A wide range of the newest multimedia features give Nokia 6620 imaging phone owners a multitude of ways to capture, share and enjoy content. Multimedia messages come to life with the use of SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language) technology. SMIL technology allows images, sounds and text to be built into a single MMS, and then received in exactly the order intended by the sender. An integrated image uploader allows pictures to be sent directly to Internet-based photo services, where images can be stored, sorted, shared, and made into prints. Additionally, images can easily be printed at home with the use of a compatible Bluetooth enabled printer. The Nokia 6620 imaging phone also supports innovative Nokia enhancements including the Nokia Image Viewer, for sharing pictures and slideshows on a television, and the Nokia Picture Frame, for stand-alone storing and displaying of favorite images.
The high-speed capability of EDGE technology enables the Nokia 6620 imaging phone to deliver real-time video streaming directly to the palm of users' hands. The built in RealOne mobile player can access the large existing base of Real formatted video content and new 3GPP content designed specifically for mobile devices. By supporting both types of files, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone can deliver compelling content today such as sports, news, finance and entertainment content today, and also be ready to access future mobile content. In addition, the powerful combination of EDGE and the full Internet browser within the Nokia 6620 offers users efficient access to virtually all online content over a high-speed network.
"The Nokia 6620 imaging phone offers the latest in technology for both business and personal use, and in a surprisingly compact and easy-to-use package that weighs less than 4 and a half ounces," said Randy Roberts, director of imaging devices for Nokia. "By delivering a tool that can quickly access content ranging from streaming video and stereo MP3 music to e-mail and corporate intranet files, we are offering users the ability to manage and control how they use the mobility afforded by wireless technology."
Along with its multimedia capability, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone also has the power to serve as an effective mobile business tool. Built on the Series 60 platform, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone supports a number of business-focused applications allowing companies to securely mobilize data and their workforces. For organization, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone has PDA functionality that can be synchronized over the air or directly to a PC using cable, infrared or Bluetooth connectivity. Between the on-board memory and the included MMC memory card, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone has over 40MB of memory in its standard configuration. E-mail and instant messaging clients support efficient text communication, while presence functionality allows users to communicate their current availability to associates. The Nokia 6620 imaging phone can also support VPN clients for access behind corporate firewalls, improving access to corporate online information sources such as intranet sites.
With a wide selection of business applications designed for Series 60-based devices, business users also have the option to customize their Nokia 6620 imaging phones with the applications they require to make being on the road easier and more productive. Some applications already on the market include word processing, expense reporting, document management and travel-related software packages. Additionally, the EDGE capability of the Nokia 6620 imaging phone allows these applications to be more quickly downloaded than ever before.
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed broadband and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges.
North America gets a 6600 with an EDGE
Snapshot by Michael Oryl (editor) on Thursday January 15, 2004.
Hardly allowing time for the dust to settle after the introduction of their popular 6600 model, Nokia USA has announced the new 6620 model for the North American market. But this is no simple band switch job. While the 6620 does support both of the North American bands, 850Mhz and 1900Mhz, it gains a bit of an 'edge' over the normal 6600 - so to speak.
The big improvements that the 6620 offers are the new EDGE data capability, allowing for download speeds nearly twice that of current GPRS devices, and the doubling of the internal RAM from 6MB to 12MB. There are other changes too, but most of them seem to be fairly minor even though Nokia USA says that the 6620 product has a lot of internal differences from the 6600, as the products were developed much in parallel. This is to say that the 6620 is not a simple 6600 upgrade so much as a separate product that shares many parts and design features of the 6600. One of the more technical Nokia types that was at the Launch Party in New York City told us that the CPU in the 6620 is different than that of the 6600, that it is a bit faster and more optimized.
He didn't want to get into too many specifics, but he did want to stress that this was not simply a 6600 with EDGE.
Other changes to the device's software can be seen, too. For instance, the still and video camera functions have been integrated into a single application. You can switch between them simply by moving left or right with the joystick. You no longer need to run a separate application for each. Real Networks has also included their Real One video player, and we saw a Red Hot Chilli Peppers video that was being streamed over AT&T's EDGE network. The video motion was quite fast. Also new are the IM and Presence apps, features that have been popping up on other recent Nokias.
And speaking of popping...the new 6620 uses a pop-port connector, a first for a Series 60 handset.
All in all, it looks like the North American folks will have something they can be happy about, as they actually are getting a cool leading-edge handset before the rest of the world - something that doesn't happen too often.
More live photos from the Launch Party in New York are available on the following pages.
Triband (GSM 850/1800/1900Mhz)
GPRS and EDGE data (up to 118Kbps)
Dimensions: 108.7mm x 58.2mm x 23.6mm, Weight: 124g
Talk time: up to 4 hours, Standby time: up to 8 days
65K colour TFT screen (176x208 pixels)
Integrated camera with 640x480 resolution and 2x digital zoom
Video capture at QCIF (176x144) or subQCIF (128x96) resolutions
Symbian 7.0 Operating System
MMS/SMS/Email (SMTP, POP3, IMAP)
MP3/AAC music player
Bluetooth and Infra-red
Java MIDP 2.0 Technology
12MB internal memory and included 32MB MMC card
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