Nokia N78

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Nokia N78
Compatible networksQuad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Dual band WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz (N78-1 EU version) or 850/1900 MHz (N78-3 NA version) (UMTS, HSDPA)
Availability by regionQ2 2008
PredecessorNokia N73
Nokia N77
SuccessorNokia N79
RelatedNokia N81
Nokia N82
Nokia N85
Nokia N96
Form factorCandy bar
Dimensions113 × 49 × 15.1 mm (L × W × T)
Mass101.8 g
Operating systemSymbian OS v9.2, S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
CPUFreescale 369 MHz
Memory70 MB
Removable storagemicroSDHC
BatteryBL-6F, 1200 mAh
Display240 × 320 pixels, 2.4-inch, 16,777,216 colours
Rear camera3.2 MP / 2048 × 1536 pixels / Carl Zeiss optics
Front cameraVGA video call camera
ConnectivityBluetooth, Micro USB, SMS, MMS, Wifi
Data inputsKeypad

The Nokia N78 is a 3G smartphone made by Nokia. It was first introduced at the Mobile World Congress on 11 February 2008,[1] and was launched on 26 May 2008 for €350 before taxes and subsidies. It runs on Symbian 9.3 (S60 3rd Edition, FP2) and was marketed as a more cheaper Nseries device inside a compact, light body. The phone is compatible with the N-Gage 2.0 mobile gaming service.

It is the successor of the N73 and its design shares similarities with the N81, N82 and N96. Despite its relatively low price, the Nokia N78 does still pack numerous standard Nseries features such as A-GPS, HSDPA and Wi-Fi.[2] It has a touch-sensitive Navi wheel like on the N81, and was the first Nokia (and among the first overall, along with Sony Ericsson W980) to feature an FM transmitter.[3][4] Its keypad is hidden in idle mode and lights up when a key is pressed.[5] Later in 2008, the Nokia N79 was introduced.

The Nokia N78 was also the first Nokia phone with the new extended guitar-based version of the Nokia Tune.[6]

Firmware history[edit]

Firmware version 20.149 (dated 8 December 2008) became available for the generic (non-branded) N78 via its over-the-air update facility in January 2009.

The latest firmware version 21.002 released 18 February 2009 is the lightest update with a 214 KB downloaded file using FOTA. Many improvements were made to the overall performance of the device after the upgrade.

There is also firmware version 30.011 available through Nokia Software Updater. This update was released 8 May 2009 but was not available through FOTA.


  1. ^ "Staying connected: compact Nokia N78 puts online communities in the palm of the hand | Nokia". 11 February 2008. Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  2. ^ "MWC 2008: Nokia N78 Announced – Nseries Gets Better and Better". 11 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Nokia N78 review: Bitter sweet".
  4. ^ "Nokia N78 Hands-on Preview". 28 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Nokia N78 review". 2 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Nokia N78 unboxing photos and a peak at the new Nokia ringtone". 21 May 2008.