Nokia is forging ahead with its Nseries line up and I got a sneak preview of the flagship-in-waiting, the N95, which will be available in the spring. It sports an extra large screen and five megapixel camera section mated to a Carl-Zeiss autofocus lens. If that wasn't enough, the N95 has a buil-in GPS-receiver for satellite navigation plus all the latest mobile broadband support as well as WiFi.
It's easy to be sceptical of camera phone image quality and not even Nokia would claim that the N95 is comparable in quality to a typical dedicated compact digital camera, but they were confident enough to show what the N95 is capable of via some large prints, up to A2 in size. Sure, you can see JPEG artefacts and some dynamic range compression at the larger sizes, but step back and the prints looked remarkably good.
The N95 design is very cute, with the whole rear of the unit sliding upwards to reveal playbakc/rewind, etc. multimedia controls, then you can slide it downwards to reveal the number pad. Like the N73, which we will be reviewing soon, the N95's main camera is on the back but instead of a sliding cover it has a switch that slides to open a pair of doors revealing the lens and switching the camera on. I can't wait to try a production unit.