It has been an open secret for some time that Nokia will soon release a new and improved version of the N-Gage, its gaming-oriented smart phone. Until now, it was assumed this would come at the E3 conference in May. Now it appears the device will be announced in just a couple of weeks.
Nokia has invited journalists to an event in London on April 14. The invitation doesn’t specifically say that the N-Gage 2 will be unveiled at that time, but the invitation says attendees will “be one of the first to see into the revolutionary future of 21st century mobile gaming.”
Fixing the Many Problems
Information about the N-Gage 2 has been leaking out for months. Supposedly, it will allow users to easily switch out game cards. On the current model, the MMC slot is under the battery, which must be removed in order for a new game card to be inserted.
It will also allow people to make phone calls with the device flat against their heads. The speaker and microphone on the original N-Gage are on the side, and some have said using it “looks like you’re talking on a taco”.
The N-Gage 2 will supposedly be smaller and thinner than its predecessor, as well.
While there will be plenty of hardware changes, it looks like the software side will be pretty much unchanged. This smart phone will run Nokia’s Series 60 user interface on top of the Symbian OS. All games designed for the current version will work on the new one.
It is not known at this time what the N-Gage 2 will cost or exactly when it will hit the market. The current model was announced about six months before it was released.
Thanks to O’Grady’s Power Page for the tip.