Nokia yesterday launched a range of new mobiles one of which is equipped with a 4GB hard drive for MP3s.

Company CEO Jorma Ollila said the new phone - the Nokia N91 - would outsell Apple's iPods.

The three new Nseries mobile handsets (the N90, N91 and N70) offer built-in multimedia gadgets, which take print-quality pictures, read email, play music, browse Web sites and display mobile TV.

They include 3G (third-generation) technology, multigigabyte memory, VHS resolution video, WLAN (wireless LAN) capabilities, megapixel cameras and are equipped with a lens from German optics maker Carl Zeiss.

N90, N91, N70

The first phone to hit the market before the end of June will be the N90, which is being marketed as Nokia's premier mobile photography handset, though Nokia declined to give a specific launch date. The suggested retail price for the N90 is €700, but a Nokia spokeswoman stressed that prices will depend on local markets and retailers.

The N90 has a multihinge twist-and-shoot design for its two megapixel camera, which also offers autofocus and 20x digital zoom as well as integrated flash. It has two screens: the main display has 352-x-416 pixels, while the second screen can shoot video in MP4 format using the display - 352-x-416 pixels and 262,144 colours - as a viewfinder, Nokia said.

The N91, which can store up to 3,000 songs on its 4GB hard disk and plays 12.5 hours of music ships in November at around €700, the Nokia spokeswoman said.

The N70 is also a 3G smart phone with a two megapixel camera, video-calling capabilities, stereo FM radio, a digital music player and new 3D games all in a compact package measuring 108.8 millimeters by 53 mm by 17.5 mm. The phone will be available sometime in the third quarter for just over €500, Nokia said.

Additionally, a variant of the N70 for EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) markets will be available at an unspecified later date.

The handsets are part of Nokia's answer to criticism that the world's largest handset maker had found itself behind the times when a demand for camera and clamshell phones sparked the market.