Nokia is readying a touchscreen iPhone Killer

Nokia is working hard on bringing its own touchscreen user interface handset to market; the "Tube" as it is known (ed : distant cousin to Test and You?) has already been lambasted by a few writers.

Last year, Engadget published a video of what appears to be Nokia's Tube phone which can be viewed on Youtube and the phone looks like a lost iPhone twin.

Speaking to Infoworld at Evans Data Developer Relations Conference in Redwood City, California, Tom Libretto vice president of Forum Nokia said that the mobile phone will be capable of uploading photo and will support Java as well.

As of January 2008, Apple had sold 4 million iPhones, not enough to compete with Nokia on market share but the goodwill that the Apple brand carries and the amount of money that Apple earns on each iPhone must make Nokia (and other manufacturers) slightly anxious at the very least.

Apple is already rumoured to be preparing a souped-up version of the iPhone for June, just in time to down Nokia's Tube (pun intended).

One can guess that the Nokia Tube could be a reworked version of the N96 phone with list of features to put the original iPhone in the shade (larger screen, TV receiver, video player, Flash compatibility, 32GB or more internal memory, GPS etc).

No confirmation on whether it will be running S60 or some kind of Linux distribution, what the price will be and when it will be launched.