Nokia previews iPhone rival and launches N-Gage games platform

Nokia revealed its upcoming competitor to Apple’s iPhone, a slimline handset currently codenamed ‘Tube’. The phone was shown during a slide presentation at the Evans Data Developer Relations Conference in California and is reported to look very similar to the iPhone in design.

The slides showed the handset has a high quality graphic display and Nokia staff confirmed it will have integral features including photo-uploading and touch-based commands. The Tube also supports Java – unlike the iPhone, which was criticised by many developers for not supporting Sun Microsystems’ technology.

Forum Nokia vice president Tom Libretto declined to comment on an expected launch date for the smartphone. However, he expects the phone to sell in overwhelming volume, comparing high sales of the iPhone to a fractional number of the handsets regularly sold by Nokia.

Nokia is also publicly launching its N-Gage mobile games service, allowing users to browse and download games on their handsets. N-Gage supports the N81 and N96 series handsets and allows users to trial games prior to purchase, with 30 games currently available at costs ranging between USD9 and USD16. The company says initial response to the service has been positive and it will continually add games to the platform and expand the range of functionality in the near future.

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