Nokia takes aim at PDA vendors

IDG News Service |  Hardware

Nokia Corp. introduced a new handset with organizer functions and a wide, touch-sensitive screen on Tuesday, opening the door for it to compete in the personal digital assistant (PDA) market.

The 7710 will be Nokia's first handset featuring a screen that lets users access functions with a stylus, pitting it against PDA rivals such as PalmOne Inc. But the handset will also function as a souped-up smart phone, featuring a digital camera, radio, Internet browser and music player, and will run using Symbian Ltd.'s operating system. It boasts multimedia functions, such as a pre-installed eBook reader, and a mobile Weblog client that users can view on a 8 centimeter by 4 cm, 65,536-color display.

With its organizer functions and smart phone capabilities, Nokia is hoping the 7710 will allow it to compete in several markets simultaneously.

The 7710 will be available in Asia later this year and in Europe and Africa early in 2005, Nokia said. It's priced at

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