Nokia Names iPhone Clone

Tele-centric clues?

We’ve heard very little since Nokia unveiled its deliberate iPhone copy back in August, but – perhaps surprisingly – the Finnish giant is continuing development past the prototype stage for its legal minefield of a handset.

No updated photography was available – you’ll just have to redigest my grabs from the original article, but we do now know the device is, somewhat inexplicably, codenamed the ‘Tube’. Cos, it’s umm… rectangular?

Tom Libretto, VP of Forum Nokia, was the man to spill this info and he also went on to say the Tube will offer Java support from day one – a controversial omission from the iPhone up until now. No release timeframe was given by Libretto, but he did say the handset will be Nokia’s “first touch device” which suggests we’re not looking way off into the distant future. His pompous remark towards Apple’s 6m iPhone sales that “We’ve done that since we’ve had dinner on Friday” may further suggest Nokia is looking to significantly undercut Apple’s handset on arrival.

Looking at Nokia’s impending N96, it shouldn’t take a rocket scientist (though maybe a brain surgeon?) to guess HSDPA connectivity and GPS are likely to be in there too along with a 5MP camera and DVB-H considering the name (of course it isn’t shape related!), but I’ll cut short the predictions there as I’ve already got enough of my tender bits on the chopping board as it is already…


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