Nokia N79

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Nokia N79
Compatible networksQuad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900, EGSM 900, Dual-Band UMTS 900/2100 with HSDPA
First released20 October 2008; 15 years ago (2008-10-20)
PredecessorNokia N73
Nokia N78
SuccessorNokia N97 Mini
RelatedNokia N96
Nokia N97
Nokia N85
Nokia N86 8MP
Form factorCandybar
Dimensions110 x 49 x 15 mm
Mass97 grams (3.4 oz)
ConnectivityWLAN 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.0
Micro-USB 2.0
Nokia 3.5 mm AV Connector,
Hot swappable microSDHC

The Nokia N79 is a Symbian OS v9.3 smartphone and a member of the Nokia Nseries multimedia smartphone family running on S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2.[1] It was officially announced by Nokia on 26 August 2008. The N79 is an advanced device with a 5 megapixel camera, dual LED flash, and GPS, with many improvements over the Nokia N78. It retailed for 350 euros upon release in October 2008.[2]

The N79 has a somewhat more vibrant style compared to usual Nseries devices, with a rotated NOKIA logo[3] (this would later appear on the Nokia N97). Nokia advertised the N79's bold-coloured Xpress-on covers which change the software's colour theme to the cover's. It was also slim by Nseries standards and considered to be attractive.[4] Other features include a 2.4-inch display, 369 MHz ARM11 processor, physical keylock switch, FM transmitter and the Navi wheel.[5]

On 14 January 2009, Nokia announced it would ship a sports edition, dubbed the N79 Active, that included a Bluetooth heart rate monitor, an armband and a new version of the Nokia Sports Tracker application.[6]


  • Automatically change from portrait to landscape with orientation sensor
  • Automatically adjusts display brightness and keypad backlight with ambient light sensor
  • Automatically change theme to the color of the battery cover
  • Navigate using the NaviWheel


  • Geotagging of captured pictures, videos and view them on a map
  • Organize photos by albums and tags, as well as synchronize with PC
  • Upload and share pictures and videos directly to Ovi and other webservices


  • Audio is through standard 3.5 mm jack headphones, built-in 3D stereo speakers, FM transmitter or Bluetooth technology
  • Digital music player with support for playlist editing, equalizer and categorized access to your music collection
  • Synchronize and manage music with Nokia Music client
  • Integrated FM transmitter and FM receiver
  • Search, browse and purchase songs online in Nokia Music Store

Maps and Navigation:

  • Built-in GPS with A-GPS support and integrated three months navigation license
  • Multimedia city guides and navigation services available for purchase. Drive (voice guided car navigation) or Walk (pedestrian guidance for walking routes) modes.


  • Full-screen video playback to view downloaded, streamed or recorded video clips
  • Access internet video feeds through Nokia Video Center
  • Access YouTube directly from your phone with integrated Flash Lite 3.0
  • Transfer videos from compatible PC, using Hi-Speed USB 2.0 [Videos get converted automatically when drag-drop is used]


The motherboard of a N79
Feature Specification
Form factor Candybar
Operating System Symbian S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
GSM frequencies Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900, EGSM 900
GPRS Yes class A, multislot class 11, maximum speed 85.6/64.2 kbit/s (DL/UL)
EDGE (EGPRS) Yes class B, multislot class 32, maximum speed 296/177.6 kbit/s (DL/UL)
WCDMA Yes 900/2100, maximum speed 384/384 kbit/s (UL/DL)
HSDPA Yes, 3.6 Mbit/s (DL)
Screen 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA), diagonal 2.4"
CPU Single CPU, ARM 11 369 MHz
Internal Dynamic Memory (RAM) 128 MB SDRAM
Internal Flash Memory 83 MB
Camera 5 megapixel camera(Auto Focus) with Dual LED flash, 20x digital zoom, Carl Zeiss Optics: Tessar lens
Camera Lens Cover Yes, acting as camera on/off switch.
Video recording Yes, Main MPEG-4 VGA (640x480) 30 frame/s; Sound – dual mono, 48 kHz; Secondary (front) camera – Up to 2x digital video zoom 352 x 288 pixels (CIF), up to 15 frame/s
Multimedia Messaging Yes
Video calls Yes
Push to talk Yes
Java support Yes, CLDC 1.1, MIDP 2.1, PDA (JSR 75)
Memory card slot Yes, microSDHC (up to 32 GB Micro SDHC)
Bluetooth Yes, 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate
Wi-Fi Yes, WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g with UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) & DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)
Infrared No
Data cable support Yes, USB 2.0 via micro-USB interface with [USB mass storage device class]
Browser Web Browser for S60 (Nokia Mini Map)
Email Yes
Push e-mail Yes
Music player Yes
Radio Yes, Stereo FM radio with Visual Radio support. FM radio 87.5-108 MHz with RDS support FM Transmitter 88.1 – 108 MHz
Video playback formats MPEG4, AVC/H.264, WMV, RV, Flash Video, H.263/3GPP, RealVideo, with OMA DRM 2.0/1.0 & WMDRM support
Video streaming MPEG4, AVC/H.264, WMV, RV, Flash Video, H.263/3GPP,
Audio playback formats MP3/AAC/eAAC/eAAC+/WMA/M4A with playlists, with OMA DRM 2.0/1.0 & WMDRM support, Ogg with Symbian OggPlay, 24 hours+ playback
Integrated speakers stereo speakers
FM Transmitter Yes
TV out Yes [Performance on device hampered]
HF speakerphone Yes, with 3.5 mm audio jack and A2DP wireless stereo headphone support
Battery Nokia Battery (BL-6F) 1200 mAh
Talk time(maximum) GSM up to 5.5 hours – WCDMA up to 3.5 hours.
Standby time(maximum) GSM up to 15.5 days – WCDMA up to 16.5 days – WLAN up to 7 days
Music playback time (maximum) 10 h
Gaming time (max) 9 h
SAR value Type RM-348 N79 1.40 W/kg
Weight 97 g
Volume 74 cc
Dimensions 110 x 49 x 15 mm
Navigation Integrated GPS with A-GPS

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Device details". Nokia Developers. Archived from the original on 10 March 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Nokia N79 and N85 announced for October 08 release". ZDNet.
  3. ^ "Nokia N79 – Hands-on Preview". 2 September 2008.
  4. ^ "Nokia N79 (Unlocked) review: Nokia N79 (Unlocked)".
  5. ^ "Nokia N79 review: Swiss Army knife".
  6. ^ "Nokia N79 Active gets your heart racing". Nokia. 14 January 2009.