Recently, word first surfaced that Nokia is considering releasing a new line of handhelds. However, details were very scanty at the time. Now, what is supposed to be some additional information on the first model in this line is now available.
According to The Inquirer, this handheld will have a 640-by-240-pixel display and a large QWERTY keyboard. It wasn’t definitely stated that it will use a clamshell design, but it seems likely.
Supposedly, this device will also have a camera and an MP3 player.
Interestingly, at this point it appears that Nokia’s next handheld won’t have built-in cellular-wireless capabilities. Instead, it will reportedly have Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, which will allow it to use a Bluetooth-enabled phone as a modem.
One of the big questions about this product is the name. According to The Inquirer‘s sources, it will be called the Nokia 9800. However, there already is a Nokia 9800, although this isn’t a handheld or even a mobile phone. Instead it is a digital satellite receiver.
While it’s a virtual certainty this product will run the Symbian OS, which one of Nokia’s various user interfaces will be used is still in question. The earlier rumor said it would be Series 60, but even the latest version of this announced last month doesn’t support the screen resolution this device is supposed to use, and Series 60 is heavily focused on smartphones, which this upcoming handheld definitely isn’t.
Currently, this is all that is known about this device.
Nokia already makes the Communicator line, which is made up of cellular-wireless handhelds with built-in keyboards. These run the Symbian OS with Nokia’s Series 80 interface, and have 640-by-200-pixel screens.