Nokia's iPod Shuffle rival hits Twitter before official launch

An image of the alleged device appears to show a music player that comes with earbuds and a design similar to that of the iPod Shuffle.

What will Nokia show off Tuesday?
What will Nokia show off Tuesday? Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Nokia has apparently set its sights on the iPod Shuffle, but when this alternative might hit store shelves is unknown.

EvLeaks, a Twitter account that has leaked Nokia devices images and details in the past with a high rate of accuracy, published a picture of what it claims is the upcoming Nokia Guru. The alleged device, which has been compared in previous rumors to the iPod Shuffle, comes without a display and appears to have a belt clip, similar to Apple's device. Its blue color in the image suggests Nokia will announce color options.

The main difference between the Guru and the iPod Shuffle is the inclusion of near-field communication, according to reports. That feature would allow Nokia device owners to push content to it wirelessly.

Nokia is hosting a press event Tuesday as part of Nokia World in Abu Dhabi to unveil up to six new devices. It's not clear whether the Guru will be one of those devices or how much the music player will cost if and when it eventually hits store shelves.

CNET has contacted Nokia for comment on the leak. We will update this story when we have more information.

Catch our live coverage of Tuesday's Nokia World event here.

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