The N-Gage QD hasn’t sold as well as Nokia hoped, and the head of the company’s gaming division recently said that another redesign of this gaming-oriented smartphone is going on now.
He declined to give any details, aside from the fact that this device will have “a new look and feel.”
According to ArcadeStation.com, it will be called the N-Gage 2, which is somewhat odd as this will actually be the third model in this series.
The N-Gage QD is facing intense competition from other portable gaming consoles, like the Sony Playstation Portable and the Nintendo DS. In order to compete better, the next N-Gage is supposedly going to make the jump from a 176-by-208-pixel display to a 640-by-480-pixel (VGA) display.
It will also reportedly have a 2D/3D Graphics Accelerator and a Video Accelerator that will allow it to play movies at 30 frames per second.
The N-Gage 2 will supposedly use a 330 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP2420 processor.
ArcadeStation.com‘s source did not have all the details of this upcoming device, like amount of RAM or the dimensions.
There are some assumptions that can be made about this model. Like its predecessors, it will almost certainly run the Symbian OS with Nokia’s Series 60 providing the user interface. In addition, it will surely still function as both a phone and a gaming console.
Nokia says that the next generation N-Gage will debut in the next few months. Rumors indicate that the announcement will come at the E3 Expo in May.
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 their screen resolution is only 176 by 208 pixels, lower than their competitors.
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.
Nokia recently dropped the price of the N-Gage QD from $199 to just $99.
Thanks to Engadget for the tip.