So this is kind of perplexing: On the same day Nokia launches their new flagship model, the $800 N96, they also launch the $475-ish 6220 classic, which might actually have a better camera than the N96. Huh?
The 6220 packs a 5MP auto-focus camera featuring Carl Zeiss optics and a Xenon flash, which (on paper) bests the Xenon-less 5MP N96, not to mention the 3.2MP N78, which was also announced today at a price of somewhere around $500 US (Nokia's list prices are in Euros - I'm listing the USD conversions here).
What may be the best deal in Nokia's high-end lineup also features AGPS with photo geotagging and Nokia Maps 2.0, TV-out, FM radio with RDS, and the Series 60 platform. The handset also features quadband GSM/EDGE and HSDPA 900/2100 connectivity. While the 6220 lacks the N96's hefty 16GB of internal memory, it does support microSD expansion.
Look for the 6220 classic to ship to selected markets (in Europe) in Q3 of this year. Meantime, get the full scoop on the phone from Nokia's press release.