Nokia announces N96 and N78

Nokia announced the N96 (press release) and N78 (press release) today at the Mobile World Congress. The Nokia N96 is the successor to the N95 models while the N78 is designed as a cheaper alternative to the N82.

The N96 builds upon the N95 by doubling the internal capacity to 16GB while retaining the SDHC expansion slot, and adding a DVB-H tuner and a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the hardware side, N96 comes with a redesigned dual-slide keyboards with improved layouts for multimedia and gaming, a built-in kickstand, and built-in 3D stereo speakers.

The N78 is very similar to the N82 but features a lower resolution 3.2MP camera and does not come with the internal storage of the N82. It still comes with 3G HPSDPA connectivity, integrated A-GPS (with free Nokia maps), Wi-Fi, an FM transmitter that can broadcast music to other devices (like your car radio), and a microSDHC expansion slot.

The Nokia N78 will start to ship in the second quarter of 2008 and will sell for about 350€. The N96 will follow in the third quarter and will sell for 550€. It’s not clear at this point if and when a North American version would follow.