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Phone manufacturers are gearing up for Christmas with a shower of handsets looking to get into Santa’s big woolly sack.

First up is the N97 mini from Nokia. According to Nokia’s Twitter page this tiny handset will be available from 23 October and priced at £429. No word on which operators will be carrying this phone but rest-assured it will be just like the N97 but smaller. It sports 8GB of internal memory, a 5-megapixel camera, two LED flashes and a 3.2-inch touchscreen all in a 113 by 52.5 by 14.2mm frame. It also has mobile internet and HSDPA 3G connectivity of up to 3.6 Mbps.

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Sony Ericsson is launching its Satio (which used to be know as Idou). It has a much bigger camera (12.1-megapixels) and can be bought from Vodafone. It will be launched on 13 October on a £35 per month tariff for a free phone.

The 112 by 55 by 13.3mm phone feature mobile internet over 3G and wireless connections and a touchscreen 3.5-inch display that can manipulate those photos until your heart’s content. It also features a Micro SD card slot (hooray it’s not a Memory Stick)!

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Last is the Motorola Dext. While Motorola has been a fading player over the last few years it will be hoping that this Android-based handset will do the business.

The phone is avialble through Orange for free to those that sign up for a £35 per month contract. Unlike the others, it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well as a 3.2-inch touchscreen display.

The 5-megapixel camera can take pictures which can be stored on a 32GB Micro SD card. It has both 3G and wireless connectivity.

It also sport’s the company’s Motoblur function, which syncs contacts, posts, feeds, messages, photos and emails from your Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Gmail and LastFM accounts.

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