Almost a year ago, Nokia announced with great fanfare the 7700, a cellular-wireless handheld that would be the first device to use its brand-new Series 90 interface.
Unfortunately, the 7700 never actually made it to the market, and now Nokia is rumored to be putting the finishing touches on the 7710, a new and improved model.
Like its ill-fated predecessor, the upcoming model is expected to run Series 90. This is for handhelds with touch screens and higher-resolution displays than Series 80, which is used on Nokia’s current handhelds. However, the 7710 will use the Series 90 version 2, which is supposed to have fewer problems that the original version.
The 7710 will have a great deal in common with the 7700, according to Mobile-review.com. If this is correct, then it will sport a 640-by-320 pixel (QVGA), color display.
The original version would have had a heavy multimedia emphasis. It was going to include an FM radio tuner and a VGA camera.
It would also have had 64 MB of memory and an MMC memory card slot for additional storage. Bluetooth short-range wireless networking would have allowed the use of wireless headsets.
A picture of the 7710 shows that it will have a tablet shape. It will not include a keyboard or a numberpad.
It will reportedly use GSM/GPRS cellular-wireless networks, and support EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution), a wireless networking standard that can provide average speeds of 100 kbps to 130 kbps, significantly faster than regular GPRS networks.
There is no word yet on when the Nokia 7710 will be available.
Thanks to Engadget for the tip.