Nokia Ships N79 Smartphone Without Charger

Nokia has announced that it will release two versions of the same mobile phone, the Nokia N79 available in Active and Eco version which can be pre-ordered from Nokia direct for £319 including VAT.

Both share the same technical specifications. A 2.4-inch LCD screen capable of displaying 320x240 pixels, a a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a 20x digital zoom, support for 3.5G and WiFi and built-in assisted GPS.

The Active one can monitor your heart-rate and transfer vital health information to your phone via bluetooth using a Polar Bluetooth WearLink heart rate belt.

The smartphone, which is geared towards sports persons and generally people who want to exercise more in 2009 (as a resolution), is not Nokia's first sport-oriented phone.

The Nokia 5500 was released back in 2006 and the N79 includes an updated version of the GPS-based Nokia Sports Tracker that originally came with the 5500.

The Eco version assumes that you don't need a new charger, allowing you to use your old one. It also comes with a smaller box and for each one sold, Nokia will donate £4 to the WWF.

All N79 will also come with three Free Xpress-on smart covers as well as one N-Gage game.

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Our Comments

Unlike say the Motorola Renew that we previewed a few days ago, the Nokia N79 is not actually made up from recycle material, which would have been great. Also Nokia is only handing over £4 to the WWF, that's 1.44 percent of the device's price ex VAT. Come on Nokia, you can do better.

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