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Nokia’s brand new quads

The world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, added four new phones to its portfolio Tuesday.

At the Nokia Capital Market Days in Amsterdam, the Finish firm unveiled its 6300, 6290 and the 6086, as well as the Nokia 2626 targeted at consumers in entry markets. All four models are expected to begin shipping in the first quarter of 2007.

The 6300 is a mid-range monoblock model that’s less than 13.1mm thick. It has a stainless steel frame and will retail at about _250 (£169) before subsidies or taxes, Nokia said. The 6290 Smartphone is a 3G model that will retail at about _325.

For consumers there’s the 6086 Cameraphone, a quadband GSM and UMA-enabled device with a large keypad which will sell at _200. And for emerging markets Nokia couldn’t resist a splash of colour with the 2626, designed, says Nokia “for style-conscious consumers in emerging markets”. The 2626 will be available in Fiery Red and Spatial Blue, and includes an FM radio. It will retail for _75.

Kai Oistamo, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Phones for Nokia unveiled the new models along with the company’s vision for the next year. “These new products underscore our commitment to offer a range of mobile phones that give consumers a choice in selecting the right balance of technology and design to meet their lifestyle and budget.”

Nokia continues to surge ahead in the mobile phone market and last week retained its worldwide No. 1 position in Gartner’s Q3 analysis of sales worldwide with 35.1 per cent market share. That’s a gain of 2.6 percentage points compared to the same period last year. Nokia increased its market share in all regions expect North America and also regained the top spot in Latin America after losing it to Motorola a year ago.

Motorola, on the other hand was noted by Gartner, as having experienced “”challenges in some regions” despite increasing its worldwide market share in Q3.

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