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.