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At the 3GSM Congress in Barcelona Nokia introduced only three S40 handsets. The interest to the new devices was not very high, but anyway the Nokia booth was crowded, because of the high-end handsets from the N and E series.
The 6136 model is a UMA-enabled phone. UMA technology is Unlicensed Mobile Access. This means that such devices will be able to operate both on GSM and WLAN networks. Another innovative technology is included in Nokia 6136, DARP (Downlink Advanced Receiver Performance) which improves the capacity of radio frequency use. The bandwidth rate increases by more than 40 %. For now, the DARP technology is not very common but if proved successful it will become widely spread in other devices. With its S40 interface, microSD, 1.3 megapixel camera and FM radio Nokia 6136 seems to be more than just a middle-end clamshell. This new device will be primarily shipped for Orange carrier and its price is expected to be around 275 EUR. Nokia 6136 is expected to be available in Q2 2006.
The other new clamshell of Nokia, the 6131 is also very nice with its True Color 16 million colors internal display with QVGA resolution. In fact, the 6131 model looks more expensive than the 6136 because of the impressive display. The new device supports many audio formats and with its hot swap microSD slot it can be used as a music player. It also has FM radio, IrDA, Bluetooth and is a very interesting phone. It can be considered a competitor of the Samsung phones in the same class. The expected price of Nokia 6131 is 275 EUR and it will be available in Q2 2006.
The new budget 6070 model is a successor of Nokia 6030. This device is generally aimed at the price sensitive Nokia fans and does not shine with high functionality. It has EDGE, VGA camera, IrDA, FM radio and the S40 user interface. This tri-band Nokia 6070 will go for about 135 EUR and will be available in Q2 2006.
The interest to the N and E series was very high. All of them seemed quite functional and without obvious bugs and glitches, so maybe we can expect to see them on the market soon.