Nokia N79 and N85 Smartphones are Multimedia Powerhouses

Nokia released a pair of its N-series smartphones which pack even more features than the previous generation; but they are no iPhone rivals - at least for now.

The N85 is a mid-range mobile that's a notch down compared to the N96 and comes with a 2.6-inch AMOLED screen that not only appears sharper and consumes less power but also boosts a faster refresh rate.

There's also an onboard GPS (complete with Nokia Maps), a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Optics (that's a given), an FM transmitter and a 10-demo games bundle courtesy of Nokia contained on the 8GB card thrown in the pack - you can upgrade to 16GB SDHC should you need it later.

The phone can apparently manage 28 hours of playing music, S60 Operating System, a 3.5-mm headset connector, and comes with HSDPA, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

As for the Candybar N79, it reintroduces the Xpress-on clip on covers and still crams the same features as the above but comes with a lesser music playback time (still a respectable 24 hours), a smaller microSD card (4GB) while still sporting a dual LED flash and geotagging capabilities.

Both handsets will be available next month either as standalone or bundled with contracts.

But alas, if you want to reach touchscreen nirvana with Nokia, you will have to wait till the Nokia Tube comes in.