Details trickle out on Nokia's answer to iPhone

The Nokia Tube will be available later this year, and will use some sort of touch-screen interface along with a GPS chip that supports geotagging.

Nokia Tube, with touch-screen display
This is Nokia's answer to the iPhone, and it's expected later this year. Symbian-Freak.com

More details about Nokia's upcoming Tube phone have surfaced, days after its existence leaked out at a developer conference.

Nokia's apparent answer to the iPhone will arrive in the second half of this year, according to Symbian Freak. A Nokia spokesman confirmed the timing to Computerworld but didn't offer any further details other than the obvious notion that the "Tube" will use Symbian's S60 operating system. Nokia owns a large stake in Symbian.

According to Symbian Freak, the Tube (real name TBD) will come with 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS chips and use a screen sized between 3 inches and 3.5 inches. The site's report compared the size of the Tube to a Nokia N73, but perhaps a bit wider. There's a built-in camera that can also support geotagging of photos taken with the camera, the report says.

The iPhone will probably be available in a 3G version by the time the Tube makes an appearance. It's not totally clear what type of touch-screen interface Nokia will be using for this phone. The report says that the Tube won't use "multitouch," but will have "tactility feedback."

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