Sorry, no iPhone-like Nokia device
There were a lot of reactions from the crowd when Nokia showed their video presentation about the future of UI in the mobile phones. Before any of the new phones were introduced, the video showed a familiar picture of a full screen, touch screen Nokia phone.
See a copy of the video here:
I cleared this up with the Nokia execs early this morning during the Press Meetings. I told them a lot of people have reacted to the video more than any of the other key announcements.
The truth is, there’s no specific iPhone-like Nokia device that will be released anytime soon. Not even next year. However, they clarified that the video was alluding to the future roadmap in the UI. The Nokia 5610 has a dedicated slider for navigating photos and music library but it’s a physical feature and not via touch screen. The N81 8GB can be flipped horizontally when playing N-Gage along with the dedicated game buttons. The Nokia 330 and 500 Auto Navigation are touch screen personal navigation devices.
However, no single specific Nokia device has all these features (iPhone-like). The Nokia execs added that they still believe that the set of features will vary depending on the market segment and they will cater to each segment differently.