First photos of Nokia ‘Tube’ surfaced

First photos of Nokia ‘Tube’ surfaced
Rumors about the next generation Symbian S60 phone, the one with a touch-sensitive display, have been floating around during the week, with the code name “Tube”. Symbian-Freak.com now has posted the exclusive photos of the first such device, which is expected to launch in the Q1 of 2009 (really that late?). It will be neither a flagship model (one with that technology may come out soon after), nor an N-series device. If what we see is true, there is an XpressMedia label, so Nokia may market it as the bigger brother of the XpressMusic phones.

The specifications listed at the moment look fine, but nothing spectacular, especially when we talk about a 2009 release, so it should really be a mid-level. It will be quad-band GSM with HSDPA (no word on bands), WiFi and GPS (including geotagging). The camera is said to be with auto-focus and overall, better than the iPhone’s (which one isn’t?), but a step behind the top-notch N-series devices. The display will be with 16:9 aspect ratio and a size between 3 and 3.5 inches. It won’t support multitouch, but will have tactile feedback when ‘pressed’. The good news is about the phone’s dimensions, which will be about the size of the N73. The bad is the UI, which in order to be familiar to current S60 users, brings tiny buttons and icons, which would require the stylus to be used.

source: Symbian-Freak via EngadgetMobile

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7 Comments

1. unregistered

correct, very big deal. more competition means more innovations. lets see what apple does next to one up them

2. unregistered

Nokia just launched new touch screen functionality w/ symbian os. This phone touch screen is going to do everything the iphone does and more. Much, much, much more... I have researched this a lot and nokia will have a flawless model.

3. nick unregistered

Nokia did not inovate anything here. This is a pressure sensitive device and does not supprot multi touch. Apple has promised to release the next iPhone with 3g and GPS, so I think the bigger question is what will Nokia do? By the time they release this device in 2009 the next iPhone will be out and this thing will look like an antique.

4. James unregistered

Well unless the i-phone has a keyboard I dont see it being a factor. Cause touch is good as a option but not as the main option.

5. nick unregistered

Having used multiple devices with actual keyboards and the iPhone with it's virtual keyboard, I can say that it's a non issue. The virtual keyboard performs as well or better than the physical keyboard.

6. T-Money3000 unregistered

Iono.... as AWESOME as touch screen technology is, I still think that a REAL keyboard trumps it hands down. I love the keyboard on my Voyager and I use both the touch keyboard and the real one. But i still think a real keyboard can be better.

7. Tiger Uppercut unregistered

Nokia is such a JOKE.

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