Nokia N93i

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Nokia N93i
Nokia N93i Closed.JPG
Manufacturer Nokia
Compatible networks GSM / GPRS / EDGE, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, DTM, WCDMA 2100
Availability by country January 2007
Predecessor Nokia N93
Form factor Clamshell
Dimensions 108 x 58 x 25 mm, 115 cc
Weight 163 g
Operating system Symbian OS 9.1
CPU Dual Core Arm-11 332 MHz
Memory Up to 50 MB built-in memory
Removable storage Up to 2 GB with miniSD
Battery Li-Ion 950 mAh (BL-5F)
Display TFT, 16.7 million colors, 240x320 pixels
External display TFT, 65,536 colours, 128x36 pixels
Rear camera 3.2 MP / 2048 x 1536 / 3x optical zoom / 20x digital zoom / LED flash / video recorder
Front camera 288 x 352 / 2x digital zoom
Connectivity GPRS, HSCSD, EDGE, 3G, WLAN, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB

The Nokia N93i (also known as the N93i-1) is a smartphone produced by Nokia, announced on 8 January 2007 and released the same month. It is part of the Nseries line and is a redesign of the Nokia N93. The N93i runs on Symbian OS version 9.1, with the S60 3rd Edition user interface. Like the N93, it is a clamshell and swivel design with a camera and landscape position.

The N95's improved camera capabilities have led to it being seldom called the N93i's successor, though Nokia have never made another swivel-style phone since.

Redesign[edit]

The N93i in its open position

The N93i is more of a redesign, than a successor to the N93. The improvements include:

  • A sleeker design
  • Reduced size and weight
  • 16M colour LCD (256K colours on the Nokia N93)
  • Side joystick (D-Pad on the N93)
  • A recessed lanyard mount
  • A flush fitting, more secure miniSD card slot cover
  • A tethered cover for the Pop-Port connector
  • Relocation of the main speaker to the base unit
  • A redesigned battery cover
  • A proper SIM card recess
  • A charging LED underneath the mirror top

Features[edit]

The Nokia N93i features a 3.2-megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics, 3x optical zoom and digital video stabilization. The ability to create "DVD-like videos" at 30 frames per second with MPEG4 technology and share them on the 2.4-inch display. The Nokia N93i can be connected to a compatible TV using direct TV out connectivity or via Wireless LAN and UPnP technology. The N93i also features a digital stereo microphone, music player and FM stereo radio, dual mode WCDMA/GSM and triband GSM coverage on up to five continents (EDGE/GSM 900/1800/1900 + WCDMA 2100 MHz networks).

Accelerometer[edit]

The N93i includes a built-in accelerometer much like the Nokia N95. Third-party applications have started to make use of the built in accelerometer including:

  • RotateMe which automatically changes the screen rotation when the phone is tilted.
  • NokMote which uses the accelerometer as a D-Pad and moves in the direction of tilt, much like the Wii Remote.
  • ShutUp which turns the phone on Silent when it is turned face down.
  • ShakeMe which can lock the keypad, toggle Bluetooth, turn on the backlight or toggle Silent Profile
  • ShakeLock which will lock the phone when it is shaken.

Camera[edit]

The N93i camera lens.

The camera is the main focus of the Nokia N93i, with video recording being one of the main aspects of the phone it also has high quality stereo sound which is recorded by the two microphones located at the top of the phone next to the power button.

The N93i hinge with camera module.

Main camera

  • Resolution: 2048 x 1536
  • Focal length 4.5 mm
  • F-Stop/Aperture f/3.3
  • Focus range 10 cm to infinity
  • Digital Zoom: 20 x
  • Optical Zoom: 3 x
  • Image Format: JPEG/Exif
  • Feature: Auto Focus, Carl Zeiss Optics, Flash, Self Timer
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480
  • Video Frame Rate: 30 frame/s
  • Video Zoom: 8 x
  • Video Format: H.263, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4
  • Audio Format: H.253, H.244

Secondary camera

  • Resolution: 288 x 352
  • Image Format: JPEG/Exif
  • Video Resolution: 176 x 144
  • Video Frame Rate: 15 frame/s
  • Video Zoom: 2 x
  • Video Format: H.263

N-Gage[edit]

The N93i is not an N-Gage 2.0 compatible device unlike other models such as the Nokia N81 and Nokia N95. The N-Gage application was unreleased for the Nokia N93i. The N93i has a 3D graphics chip. Unlike other models, the N93 and N93i make use of all of the keys on the keypad due to their design, all keys can be used in both landscape and portrait mode, although being a little less accessible.

Due to its incompatibility with the N-Gage application, electronics enthusiasts made a modified version of N-Gage which is compatible with Nokia N93i.

Popular culture[edit]

An N93i is seen in the 2007 movie, Transformers. It is the device used to demonstrate the AllSpark's capability of turning any electronic device into a living robot. This phone turned out to be a Decepticon tiny but deadly robot.

The N93i used a different marketing strategy by incorporating Dallas based punk rock band Greyskull in its APAC campaign. Running an on-line competition in which contestants could submit their own videos to the band's songs. Ads featuring the band Greyskull were run in newspapers and commercials on MTV Asia.

During the 2007 Cannes Lions Advertising Festival, camera crews using Nokia N93i devices tagged along with the Young Creative Film Competitors on their 48 hour mission to shoot a 30 second commercial, also using the Nokia N93i, for MTV SWITCH, a campaign from MTV Networks International designed to educate and encourage alternative options to help save the planet. With 40 hours of content filmed on the Nokia N93i, the footage was edited into an exclusive behind the scenes documentary, "Short Film Shootout: Cannes", which was available for broadcast on MTV's 61 TV channels across 161 countries on 20 December 2007.

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