Nokia has stepped across the line and entered PDA territory with its new phone. The 7710 includes organiser functions and a wide, touch-sensitive screen.
It will also be Nokia's first handset that lets users access functions with a stylus, pitting it against PDA rivals such as PalmOne. But the 7710 will also function as a souped-up smart phone, featuring a digital camera, radio, Internet browser and music player, and will run using the Symbian OS. It boasts multi-media functions, such as a pre-installed eBook reader, and a mobile Weblog client that users can view on a 8cm by 4 cm, 65,536-colour display.
With its organiser functions and smart phone capabilities, Nokia is hoping the 7710 will allow it to compete in several markets simultaneously. It will be available in Asia later this year and in Europe and Africa early next year for 500 euros (£345).
Although Nokia is the world's largest handset maker, it has seen its profits slide recently as it faces increased competition from rivals offering improved handsets at reduced prices. Nokia executives have also admitted that they came late to the game for camera phones, and the company has been trying to climb back with a range of camera phone offerings.
On Tuesday, it introduced two more camera phones - the 6020, which allows users to send animated multi-media messages, and the 3230, which offers mobile video recording and editing. Both are aimed at the mid-market, and will begin shipping in the first quarter of next year.
Nokia is also courting business users, and in addition to offering a PDA-like handset, the company also announced a new camera phone with a Near Field Communication (NFC) shell that allows users to access services and exchange information with a touch gesture. The service uses contactless Radio Frequency Identification and interconnection technologies, and allows users to access text message and browsing services by touching tags with shortcuts to the service.
The NFC shell and accompanying 3220 triband phone will be available in Europe during the first quarter of next year, and in Asia and the Americas in the second quarter of 2005.