In Barcelona today at its annual Mobility Conference Nokia took the wraps off its first phone with an integrated digital TV decoder. Set to launch in Q2 2006, the N92, which runs using Nokia’s Series 60 interface, features a DVB-H TV tuner that in the future will be able to receive as many as fifty TV channels. DVB-H is a variant of the digital TV standard as used in the UK by Freeview, which has been optimised for mobile devices. It is set to launch in Italy in time for the 2006 World Cup with other European countries following later in the year. There’s no official UK launch for the service, but it could theoretically arrive as early as 2007. Nokia, along with O2 and NTL, recently conducted a DVB-H trial in the Oxford area. Similar to other N Series phones, the N92 runs using Nokia’s Series 60 interface and features a suite of high-end facilities. The clamshell-style device includes integrated Wi-Fi, web browsing and music playback.
Its super-bright 2.8-inch16 million-colour screen is probably the best we’ve ever seen on a phone. The neat little design means it can be flipped round so that it looks like a tiny DVD player making it ideal for TV viewing on the go. The handset can also record TV programmes on to an SD card and deliver an on-screen electronic programme guide. Some innovative interactive facilities are also in the pipelines, allowing you to cast votes on live TV shows, for example.