Nokia Taking the N-Gage Back to the Drawing Board Again

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The original version of the N-Gage, Nokia’s gaming-oriented smartphone, received very negative reviews and sold so poorly that Nokia rushed out a replacement without its predecessor’s flaws.

Even that version, the N-Gage QD, hasn’t sold as well as Nokia hoped, and the company recently told Reuters that it is putting together another redesign of this device.

“We’re looking at new colors, a new look and feel for the QD in the next few months,” said the head of Nokia’ gaming division.

He also promised that the current model would get a price cut in the United States.

A CDMA N-Gage?

One of the areas the company is looking into is what wireless networking standards the N-Gage line should support in the future. Until now, both N-Gage models used GSM/GPRS, but Nokia is aware that this is shutting out the millions of CDMA users in the U.S.

The company is also mulling over when to add support for one of the high-speed wireless networking standards that are being rolled out around the world, with W-CDMA apparently being the most likely.

An Overview of the N-Gage Series

Both the original N-Gage and the N-Gage QD were designed to be both a mobile phone and a portable gaming console.

They include a D-pad to make game play easier, but its screen resolution is only 176 by 208 pixels, lower than its competitors.

N-Gage QD Like its predecessor, the N-Gage QD allows users to do multi-player gaming via Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.

The N-Gage QD is able to do more than just play games. It is a full smartphone running the Symbian OS with Nokia’s Series 60 providing the user interface.

It includes personal information management (PIM) applications, an xHTML browser, and email software. In addition, users are able to download and install other Series 60 applications.

Thanks to Gizmodo for the tip.

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