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Nokia Launches Thin N76, Wi-Fi-Enabled N800 Internet Tablet at CES

Nokia introduced two major mobile phone devices Monday, aimed at different markets—the thin N76 cell phone handset and the N800 Internet tablet with Wi-Fi and Skype calling capability.

The company is gingerly picking its way through the mobile phone thicket by eschewing Wi-Fi and Skype calling with the N76 (cell phone service providers look upon Wi-Fi as the bubonic plague), but enabling the usually free VoIP service with the tablet, which has no cell phone links. The firm also announced upgrades to existing phones.

The N76 is slightly more than a half-inch thick and features a 2-megapixel digital camera; the handset will likely compete with Motorola's Razr handset family, which has enjoyed strong sales in recent months.

In a keynote speech at the CES show in Las Vegas Monday, Nokia's president and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo promoted the connectivity concept, observing that Nokia is committed to simplifying and converging mobility over the Internet with multimedia devices.

"Single-purpose devices are becoming less attractive," he said. "And the converged devices taking their place are increasingly powerful and easy to use."

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