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Neonode: iPhone follows the lead

updated 01:15 pm EST, Mon February 12, 2007

Neonode on iPhone

Neonode today at the 3GSM expo previewed its N2 touch-screen based mobile device, openly claiming that Apple's iPhone is merely "following the lead" already set by the its N1. Although much smaller than the Apple device at three inches long, the N2 -- which Neonode says is an improvement over the older N1 -- features a full 2-inch touchscreen interface alongside a 2-megapixel camera, and the diminutive stature allows control with only one hand. Multimedia tools such as MPEG-4 video recording and playback for MP3, WMA, and WAV songs are preloaded, according to Electronista, while a miniSD card slot provides storage space. The formal launch of the device is slated for spring, with an initial release due in Europe. The presence of a quad-band GSM transmitter will allow the device to roam in North America and may ultimately lead to its release on the continent at a later date.




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  1. mmmdoughnuts

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Me thinks

    Apple release the iPhone early early so that it would not be a ME TOO product. It doesn't take much to see that these touch screen products have been in development for a long time and it isn't a matter of copying, but the press clearly is attributing the touch screen phone to apple. Sly move Apple. It worked.

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Is it only me…

    or is this phone too small and too ugly!

  1. Zwilnik

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    multi-touch

    the BBC got this wrong too. They're busy trying to tell everyone that Apple's late to the party with touch screen, but iPhone *Isn't* touch screen. It's multi-touch, which nobody else has.

  1. TiDual

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Let's see ...

    ... everyone has heard of Apple. Who's heard of Neonode fer chrissakes. Bad luck.

  1. notehead

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    who are these guys?

    There are so frikkin' many small-time players in the tech gadgets game these days. As tidual points out, who the heck is Neonode? Very few of these companies actually manufacture their products, and what really kills me is that the vast majority of them don't even DESIGN them, and they also outsource the marketing, the support... I have no interest in dealing with a company that does little more than move money around.

  1. machead

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    meh

    Insert outrage about: miniSD has a max capacity of 2GB Only has GPRS .. what no 3G? Only 4 hours of talk time

  1. mmmdoughnuts

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Me thinks

    Apple release the iPhone early early so that it would not be a ME TOO product. It doesn't take much to see that these touch screen products have been in development for a long time and it isn't a matter of copying, but the press clearly is attributing the touch screen phone to apple. Sly move Apple. It worked.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: multi-touch

    the BBC got this wrong too. They're busy trying to tell everyone that Apple's late to the party with touch screen but iPhone *Isn't* touch screen. It's multi-touch, which nobody else has.

    Well, you technically got this wrong as well, since Apple doesn't have a multi-touch screen, since Apple doesn't even have a product yet.

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Why didn't they announce

    Why didn't they announce sooner if they are so in the lead. Just another copycat trying to win your business. No price was mentioned either. Ugly too.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yeah, suhail...

    People HATE small phones!

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