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Nokia's iPhone-killer gets closer to launch

'Tube' features touchscreen and photo-uploads

Nokia has great confidence in its upcoming rival to the Apple iPhone, codenamed 'Tube'.

A Nokia official said yesterday that the company remains at work on the Tube, which was shown in a slide at the Evans Data Developer Relations Conference in Redwood City, California. Tube looks similar to the popular iPhone.

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The Nokia Tube we saw showed graphical displays, such as a promotion for the movie 'Shrek the Third'. Other capabilities will be featured, such as the ability to upload photos.

Interfacing with the system is done via touch similar to the iPhone.

"It's our first touch device," said Tom Libretto, vice president of Forum Nokia. He said the company has not published the planned date of shipment for Tube.

Nokia believes it can compete with iPhone, and during his presentation, Libretto compared volume shipments of iPhone to Nokia's shipments of phones. Since the launch of iPhone in June, Apple has shipped 5 million to 6 million of the devices, paling in comparison to Nokia's device shipments, Libretto said. (Apple afterward said 4 million iPhones had shipped worldwide by January.)

"We've done that [volume] since we've had dinner on Friday," he said.


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