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Nokia's Next Gen Phone: 12MP Cam, 720p, HDMI

According to our source, Nokia is going to shake things up by announcing a new branding process for handsets, so no more Xpress music, etc. The new naming system will be as follows.

  • C: voice-centric handsets.
  • X: targeting youth, entertainment.
  • E: business focused.
  • N: high-end.
  • S: limited editions.

Thanks to our French buddies at Tom's Guide France, we've got specs for 14 new devices; Nokia will be highlighting just five as major releases.

First of the five is the C5-00. This will be a low-end device for light browsing, it boasts a GPS and will be available in June through SFR (French Vodafone).

Next is the 6700. This is a slider handset, which will retail for €140 ($190). It will pack a 5 megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics, and will come in roughly six different colors, depending on carrier.

The C3-00 is multitasking S40 aimed at the younger crowd. Email capabilities and a July release. The real appeal of this device will be price; Nokia is hoping to shift a lot of these. Our source says it will retail for €46 ($63). 

The C5-01 will be Nokia's latest BlackBerry challenger and a better equipped than the C3-00. With GPS and full QWERTY keyboard, this one is also launching in July. No word on price.

Lastly, and most importantly, is the N8-00. Scheduled for launch this summer, it's got a  3.2-inch multitouch display, a 12 megapixel camera, 720p video at 30fps, and HDMI out. There's also a murmur about Divx support but that's not confirmed yet.

The most exciting thing about the N8-00 is that this will be the first Symbian 3 device. Nokia is also considering entering the online TV market. Working with partners, Nokia would offer content through the Ovi store.