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Nokia Tube spotted, lacks multi-touch?

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 However, the Tube is no longer believed to be Nokia's eventual flagship and will allegedly be superseded by a more powerful model.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gee wow

    that's an iPhone killer if ive ever seen one. Yeah black bars are so hard to ignore.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wow, iPhone's cooked...

    Nokia demonstrating their usual ability to compete... NOT!

    I guess it's easy to dominate the mobile market when there is no one to compete against (or, as I like to put it, "Nokia is dominant, despite its own best efforts")

    "We will compete against the multi-touch with A STYLUS"

  1. Feynman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yeah and the

    icons look awfully busy and cluttered.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Didn't the head of Nokia say just a couple of days ago that the iPhone can't compare to the Tube? It was funny then, and it's funnier now.

    I can see him and Ballmer in a bar talking about how their products are really so much better than the iPhone. Have more drinks - you need them.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A stylus???

    Didn't people stop using that stick long time ago. Maybe it might be good for writing if you've got a handwriting translation program, but otherwise it seems to be just one more thing to keep track of.

    The icons are busy and cluttered, but very detailed.

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