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Nokia's current range of smartphones is failing to capture a larger portion of the market because the Finnish firm is using outdated components, a research company has claimed.

Researchers at Ovum have said that Nokia is not offering adequate compatibility with current-generation software because it is using previous-generation technology long after it has lost its relevance.

Ovum's Tim Renowden said: "Nokia's current smartphones, including the flagship N97 and N97 Mini run on ARM11 below 500MHz with an anaemic 128MB of RAM, a point that most other platforms have abandoned."

Advanced features such as 3D acceleration and high definition video playback are only possible when smartphones use newer chips such as the Snapdragon processor that the Google Nexus One employs.

Mr Renowden said that only the Nokia N900 has the necessary next-gen tech on board, which he believes is problematic given Nokia's sliding smartphone market share.

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