updated 10:10 am EDT, Wed April 9, 2008
Nokia Tube Spotted
Nokia's vaunted Tube cellphone may not be the company's flagship phone and will have a limited touchscreen, according to leaked info at Symbian Freak. The device, now said to fall outside of the expected Nseries line, is claimed to lack support for any controls similar to multi-touch on its roughly 3.2-inch display and is shown with a matching stylus, suggesting the device may need help from a pen rather than operating solely from fingers, as with its target at Apple.
Several features have tipped up that will still make it competitive, according to the leak. Haptic feedback is built-in that will simulate physical button presses on the flat screen; the LCD also fits a 16:9 aspect ratio that will ensure widescreen videos play without the black bars needed with wider displays. Nokia's invention will also purportedly carry true GPS navigation with geotagging for photos, Wi-Fi, and a camera with digital autofocus, which is absent from the iPhone.
No launch information has followed with the leak, though the Tube is now confirmed to lead to a production model and will be available in the US courtesy of quad-band support for at least GSM and EDGE. 3G support is present for HSDPA but isn't yet confirmed as supporting bands used by AT&T and Rogers. However, the Tube is no longer believed to be Nokia's eventual flagship and will allegedly be superseded by a more powerful model.