Snapshot by Michael Oryl on Thursday January 15, 2004.
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Nokia 6620 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.