First details of Nokia's touch-screen smartphone
Nokia, the market leader in mobile phones, hinted as early as August 2007 that it was working on a touch-screen interface, following the success of Apple's first iPhone. The first model – until now codenamed the "Tube" – will be presented officially on 2 October. A number of internet sources are saying it will form part of Nokia's XpressMusic range, and will be called the 5800.
Initial details of the touch-screen phone's features, not yet confirmed by Nokia, are already appearing on specialist web sites. They say it will have a 3.2 inch touch-sensitive display with a resolution of 360 × 640 pixels and 24-bit colour depth as well as a 3.2 megapixel camera with an autofocus lens and flash. Other facilities are likely to match those of Nokia's current N-series: quad band GSM, the EGPRS EDGE data service, UMTS/HSDPA, WiFi and a GPS receiver. The 5800 XpressMusic is likely to be able to work with A2DP stereo headsets, in contrast to the iPhone, which only connects with simple headsets and hands-free devices via Bluetooth. It is also expected to operate with car phones supporting the SIM Access Profile, and be able to exchange images, addresses and other data over Bluetooth.
Whether operating it will be on the same level as the iPhone experience is doubtful. First pictures show an input stylus, although the menus are probably large enough for finger operation. The use of a stylus means the phone is unlikely to have a gesture-based interface like the iPhone.
The new Nokia is rumoured to have a 3.5mm socket to allow any headphones to be used. Nokia's smartphones uses the Symbian operating system and the S60 user interface usually play videos smoothly, so the touch-screen version can be expected also to have AV output for feeding a TV set.
Nokia will not reveal precise data, prices and delivery dates until this Thursday, however. The 5800 XpressMusic isn't the first touch-screen phone Nokia has made. The 7710, a smartphone with a large touch screen (640 × 320 pixels) and stylus operation, came out on the market in early 2005, but Nokia did not develop its S90 interface any further.