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28 Eylül 2008 Pazar

Nokia's First Touchscreen Smartphone May Debut Next Week

BY: Ed Hardy, Brighthand.com Editor

Nokia will take the wraps off the first ever S60 smartphone with a touchscreen next week, if an unconfirmed report is correct.

Nokia XpressMusic 5800According to Reuters, this device -- code-named the Tube -- will be formally announced on October 2 in London.

Nokia has been promising a touchscreen-based version of Symbian S60 for some time, but has run into problems and delays. Devices running this upcoming version are expected to still be able to run software written for current touchscreen-less S60 phones.

To improve the experience of using its touchscreen, Nokia will supposedly include haptic feedback in devices running this new version of S60. This will cause the display to vibrate whenever an on-screen button is touched.

An Overview of the Nokia Tube

Quite a bit of information has already leaked out about the first touchscreen-based S60 smartphone, which will supposedly be called the XpressMusic 5800.

According to unconfirmed reports, this music-oriented device will have the following specifications:

* Operating System: Symbian S60
* 150 MB of internal storage
* microSDHC slot -- 8 GB card included
* 3.2-inch, 640 by 360 pixel touchscreen
* Wireless:
Quad-band GSM, Single-band (2100 MHz) HSDPA
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0
* A-GPS
* 3.2 MPx camera with flash
* 3.5 mm headset jack
* TV-Out port

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