Nokia is preparing to launch what could very well be the first flagship touchscreen mobile phone the company has seen this coming week. Robert Scoble suggests that this handset may include Broadcom’s new chipset that combines Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, which is â€œjust aboutâ€ to be announced.
Nokia currently has a countdown clock that is presumed to end at the announcement of this device. Just last month Nokia India’s Devinder Kishore confirmed that they have a â€œlot of touchscreen phones coming up, including an N-series device very soonâ€. Scoble says that this high-end device has only been seen by â€œa handful of peopleâ€ within Nokia’s walls.
There have been leaked roadmaps suggesting the release of three different touchscreen handsets, two of which may be ready for demonstration by the end of the year. This first device codenamed the IP08 sounds very similar to the XpressMusic 5800. The IP08 has a widescreen display 5-megapixle camera, A-GPS, Wi-Fi and Naviscroll controls. The second device outlined goes by the name Ivalo, with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display and 32GB internal memory. The last device, the Eitri, will have a 3.5-inch pressure-sensitive touchscreen with haptic feedback and 8GB storage. The Eitri will also have a compass feature much like the T-Mobile G1.
This may also be an opportunity to announce the 9 or 10 inch Internet tablet that Nokia is working on. This tablet is rumored to have a touchpad, Near Field Communication and HDMI output. Another rumored feature that the Nokia Internet tablet has is an OLED secondary status display. It is said that this device will be based on a custom Lunix distro.