Nokia today made the beta version of their Maps 2.0 public and also released the 6210 Navigator, a GSM/HSDPA phone with GPS-based navigation that can be used even without an active SIM card installed. Maps 2.0 beta is available to play with now, and the 6210 Navigator will be available in Q3 of this year.
Maps 2.0 features car and pedestrian modes and also supports "multimedia guides," which bring video, photos, and audio of points of interest to your handset. This new version of maps also packs real-time traffic updates and Google-esque hybrid sattelite views of locations. While Maps 2.0 is currently only available for Series 60 devices, Nokia announced that a Series 40 version is on tap for later this year.
Meantime, the 6210 Navigator is a Series 60 Third Edition sliderphone with Maps 2.0 onboard to make the most of its integrated AGPS, compass and accelerometer. The handset supports turn by turn directions and full voice guidance, and also features a 3.2MP camera, a/v player with FM radio, and ships with a car mount and a 1GB memory card pre-loaded with local maps. Nokia will ship the phone in four versions: one with EDGE, and three others with different versions of HSDPA for 3.5G connectivity across the globe. The 6210 Navigator will sell for around $435.
Check out the Beta of Maps 2.0 at Nokia's Beta Labs from here.
And read all about the 6210 Navigator in Nokia's Press Release section from here.