MWC: Nokia unveils Navigators


Nokia has unveiled the latest in its range of navigation devices, the Nokia 6710 Navigator slider phone and 6720 Classic candybar handset, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Both run the latest Nokia Maps software with live ‘drive and walk’ navigation and full regional maps.

The 6710 Navigator (pictured left) features a dedicated navigator key, touch area for easy zooming and a large display.

The recent integration of Maps with Nokia’s Ovi web portal allows users to pre-plan journeys on their home PCs and synchronise journey plans with their handsets.

Maps also includes new features such as high-resolution aerial images, 3D landmarks for over 200 cities, terrain maps, weather service, premium travel and traffic and safety warnings.

Both devices include a compass that works in conjunction with the new Maps features. They also feature 5 megapixel cameras with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash.

The 6710 Navigator comes with the Nokia CR-111 car holder.

Nokia also announced the Nokia Speakerphone HF-310, with echo cancellation and noise reduction.

The 6720 (pictured right) is expected to ship in Q2 with an estimated retail price of €245 before taxes and subsidies. The Nokia 6710 Navigator launches in Q3 for €300, before taxes and subsidies.

“The navigation solution provided by the Nokia 6710 Navigator is second to none and provides everything you would expect from a dedicated GPS device with all the benefits of a converged mobile device,” said Nokia vice president Markku Suomi.

“We want to make the experience as simple and effective as possible, which means the navigation licenses are pre-installed and ready to use as soon as you turn on the Navigator.”

He added: “With the high quality camera and GPS capability of both devices, geo-tagging the exact location a picture is taken is easier than ever.”