Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

Summary: Reuters is reporting that Nokia will unveil its first touchscreen phone at a media event next week in London.The phone, whose leaked pictures were posted on this blog earlier this week, is the result of plenty of market pressure since the iPhone's debut more than a year ago.

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Nokia's first touchscreen phone?Reuters is reporting that Nokia will unveil its first touchscreen phone at a media event next week in London.

The phone, whose leaked pictures were posted on this blog earlier this week, is the result of plenty of market pressure since the iPhone's debut more than a year ago. According to a Gartner analyst in the article, Nokia's position as the leader of the mobile market has got the world waiting for their next move.

That move is reported to happen Oct. 2.

Nokia announced back in July that it would introduce its first touch-screen phone this year, and that it would be sold for a cheaper price than rival touch-screen models in order to tap into a higher-volume market.

Of course, the pressure's on ever since HTC and T-Mobile introduced the Google Android-powered G1 this week, which retails for $179, slightly cheaper than the iPhone.

Would you buy a touchscreen Nokia phone? And for that matter, will touchscreen smartphones replace standard cell phones altogether? Tell us in TalkBack.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Nokia, Telcos

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  • Nokia, maybe too late for the crowd?

    Now that more choices exist doesn't mean that people will be trashing their Apples. The market is pretty saturated and the prices seem to be dropping. Just how much profit can be made is not clear when you see the cost of developing the touchscreen phones. Both the Johnny come lately Google and Nokia phones have a steep uphill battle to even begin to dent the Big Apple.
    bj70117@...
    • Except...

      ...the Tube is a mid-range phone aimed at the low end contract/PAYG market and is being marketed as a music phone.

      I'd also point out that Nokia have about 50% of the global smartphone market and about 40% of the entire cellphone market. They're no Jonny come lately.
      Sleeper Service
    • Nokia was always there- Not late at All

      Apple since ipod and Mac's have a Policy of selling to the High End Market for People who are ready to spend for a well known TradeMark that gives you the latest Technology, but at a higher price.
      Nokia the Largest Cellphone Producer Market's Product's for all Markets, The Mass Low price Market and The Best Wifi Connect Anywhere for Business Owners and other High End Customers.
      Look out for MIDI's like ASUS Eee PC and similar Products from most Manufacturers in Near Future.
      Sam in Jaffa
      Samuel C.
  • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

    I'm not sure, I've had Nokia cellphones in the past and they seem to work fine, but are pricey when it comes to higher quality type PDA or smartphones. None of the carriers seem to want to pick them up for their networks, e.g., which carrier is picking up E66, E71 or E96? And if so how much will they cost us to use an unlocked phone on a major carriers network. And for the most part in the USA we are limited when it comes CDMA models for Verizon & Sprint. I have at&t but it sucks where I live and are considering Sprint Nextel for better coverage and the newest soon to be released Blackberry 8350i. I would love to get the iPhone but on the at&t network it is a waste of money for making and receiving calls. If they would do like T-Mobile and allow Wi-Fi calls I'd buy it right away.
    Ced Sr
    • It doesn't have to be THAT expensive...

      [b]None of the carriers seem to want to pick them up for their networks, e.g., which carrier is picking up E66, E71 or E96? And if so how much will they cost us to use an unlocked phone on a major carriers network. [/b]

      I picked up my Motorola A1200 - unlocked - almost 2 yrs ago and I got a deal on it. At the time, it was retailing for about $599.

      I wound up only paying $280 for it. Or a 53% discount.

      How? I visited an independent cell phone dealer who was able to work out a deal where I renewed my T-Mobile contract for 2 years, I got a discount. Most independent dealers can wrangle deals like that. The carrier doesn't really care - as long as the phone is compatible with their technology. The dealer doesn't care - as long as he gets his commission from the carrier. And you win.

      The dealer substitutes a phone the carrier normally sells with the unlocked phone you want. They can sell the stock phone to someone who actually wants that particular one. The actual phone is never reported on the contract form you sign when you buy the phone or renew.
      Wolfie2K3
  • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

    i'm waiting to buy the phone that gives the best 3g coverage for websurfing & that can activate a stand-alone printer
    hugues_da_mousse
  • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

    I don't think you can really say that Nokia is "too late" per se. For one, they can't simply never release a touch smartphone.

    Additionally, Nokia has lots of traction in Europe - far, far more than they have in North America. Every man, woman, child and their dog has a Nokia phone in Europe.

    Finally, in the US at least, between the current market instability and the huge number of new touch-based smartphones hitting the market, the prices are so low that its nearly becoming unattractive to enter. Thing is that's the case for any smartphone maker. I'm sure Nokia doesn't mind making life more difficult for other manufacturers while they are at it.
    c0re
  • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

    I am all for touchscreen. I welcome all features that facilitate making calls and sending text. I don't
    think the Android and this new Nokia phone will
    compare to the iPhone. To top things off, these two
    phone (Andriod/Nokia) are the first of their kind, no?
    They are likely to incur many problems. It will be
    difficult to build something that's better than the
    iPhone. Take a look at the Android for example. It
    does NOT look appealing to the idea. Just by the look,
    I simple say... "NEXT" Phone physical appearance is
    equally imperative as its functions. No question about
    it :-)
    White_Sox_Stud
    • Damn Fanbois... Sheesh...

      [b]To top things off, these two
      phone (Andriod/Nokia) are the first of their kind, no? They are likely to incur many problems. It will be difficult to build something that's better than the iPhone. [/b]

      Ah.. You DO know that Nokia's a global cell phone maker that's got like 40% of the global market. That equates to a LOT of cell phones... An AWFUL lot of them. Somehow, I don't think Nokia's first touchscreen phone is going to be hit with that many, if any, serious problems - unless they throw the entire quality control department out the window.

      HTC, the maker of the G1/Android phone has also been around the block a few times. They're also a GLOBAL entity. They've been making touchscreen and hybrid phones for years - tho most of them have been Windows Mobile devices. Given it is the first phone featuring the Android OS, there may be issues - but those will likely be due to the Android OS - not the phone itself. Hopefully Google's QC team is better than Apple's...
      Wolfie2K3
  • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

    Yeah, I agree. I want a phone that can activate my
    washer machine too. it wouldn't hurt if it can open my
    garage door as well.
    White_Sox_Stud
  • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

    My very first cell phone-- around 8 years ago was a
    Nokia. I haven't used a Nokia since then and I've been
    through several cell phone changes. In my mind Nokia
    represents the old, Apple represents the new, and
    Samsung represents the tried and true.

    http://googlesandroid.wordpress.com
    kmac123
  • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

    Touchscreens may be great for some, even many, but I
    cannot stand them. Call me old-school, but I can still type
    much much faster on a phone with a real keyboard.

    I had an iPhone for about 3 months and sold it. No regrets.
    Peter K Achs
    • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

      I have an iPhone which I bought out of curiousity, due to all the hype... but I'm not too impressed either. Infact it almost made me believe I was going deaf!

      I hope Google & Nokia can do better, despite arriving on the scene a bit late as some have suggested.
      mauco
  • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

    Nokia will likely be saved because they work with Verizon
    who has a superior wireless network to AT&T's and also the
    GPS in Nokia phones is far superior to the faux GPS in
    iPhones.
    Michael Nagle
  • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

    I believe this will be a good phone. As Nokia's modem are best with respect to sensitivity, selectivity, prolonged battery life and other mobile receiver features are concerned. So, if we are looking for a good phone and multimedia as an add on- then this may be a right gadget at relatively attractive price than i-phone.
    sajdas
  • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

    ya, and it will probably be an inch thick and two inches wide and who knows maybe they'll shrink the length to 4 inches, just like the other crap they sell.

    I don't think they have any men on their design teams, as their phones need a purse to be carried.

    I'm not saying the iphone, x1 or omnia are any better, it seems the industry has forgoten than men only have pockets and not purses, and don't tell me to put it on my belt!
    reapur
  • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week - touchscreens save money

    Save money for the manufacturers, and eventually will translate to savings for the end users, eventually.

    As all user interfaces (buttons) are likely to change, using a single touch screen (popularized by PALM, let's not forget) will allow those buttons to be changed just by software, and not by expensive manufacturing processes.

    To catch up with the competitor's new phone, you just need to modify the software, with each new compile, download cycle, you can better your competitor, in seconds!

    That is a dream come true for all manufacturers.

    Kang
    kanggheekeong@...
  • I've already got one...

    I bought my Motorola A1200 in Dec 2006 and I've been quite happy with it. It works for me...
    Wolfie2K3
  • RE: Nokia to unveil touchscreen phone next week

    Why does everyone think that this phone is meant to compete with the likes of iPhone or G1??? Nokia is not a one flavor cellphone maker, like Apple who has various MP3 players for different customers(Shuffle, Nano, Classic, and Touch); Nokia makes various Cellphones, Smartphones(Classic, XpressMusic, E-series, and N-series) to fit multiple customers needs. This phone is not Nokia's response to the iPhone or G1 or any other Touch based phone, this is Nokia's first stab at the Music Market which Apple dominates(in the U.S. for the most part; thus it's under Nokia's XpressMusic line up and not their Stronger N-Series Smartphones).

    The price announced is killer for one very cool reason... It includes a one year subscription to Nokia Music, which Nokia will launch in the U.S. first quarter 2009. With that subscription, you have unlimited song downloads that are DRM locked to your phone and PC, but yours to keep forever without giving them back like other services ask you to do. After that there is a la carte option subscription, which by my guess will be very competitive to other music services. And if that wasn't enough, everyone should read the specs that the new S60 5th edition OS has to offer(which had been under developing long before the touch crazed hit the U.S.). It not only offers improved copy and paste functionality(over the existing system on all S60 devices), but FULL Web Browser(with Flash Video support, which was already present in S60 3rd Edition FP2 devices) on a new High Resolution(640x360) 16:9 aspect Screen to name a few.

    And with all this said, this phone is still under Nokia's mid-range line up; which in the end makes you wonder just how much you're paying for an iPhone or G1 that claim to be High-End?
    rafael.roque