Nokia takes wraps off first 3G phone

The Nokia 6650 3G phone - complete with digital camera - should hit the shops early next year in places where 3G networks are up and running
Written by Graeme Wearden, Contributor

Finnish phone maker Nokia unveiled its first 3G handset on Thursday, the Nokia 6650.

As expected, the phone includes a high-resolution screen that supports 4096 colours and a built-in digital camera. Nokia has said the 6650 will boast an advanced graphical user interface as well as a WAP 1.2.1 browser and USB, Bluetooth and Infrared connectivity options.

Click here to see a picture of the Nokia 6650.

Java support should mean that users are able to play games that are more compelling than those available on existing mobile phones.

"This innovative product is ideally suited to anyone who desires a mobile phone that combines leading-edge functionality with a high quality feel," said Nokia in a statement.

As well as taking individual photos, the 6650 will also record video, complete with audio, at 10 frames per second at a resolution of 128x96 pixels.

The 6650 will work both on GSM networks, and on WCDMA -- the third-generation mobile standard in Europe and Asia. The 6650 will begin shipping to mobile phone operators later this year, and should be on sale to consumers in the first half of 2003.

Nokia also launched a Bluetooth wireless headset on Thursday.

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