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More details of the Nokia's iPhone Killer leaked, Tube is real

Nokia's Tube is real and it seems that at least one journalist has seen it and managed to get a photo snap of it. Two pictures taken by Symbian Freak (opens in new tab) seems to suggest that the phone has a highly glossy finish and comes with a stylus.

Other features which have yet to be corroborated include a high resolution widescreen touch display (between 3 and 3.5-inch), a 3.2MP camera with an autofocus, 140MB of internal memory, bluetooth, uPnP, a TV output port, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA and WLAN connectivity, GPS functionality and tactile feedback.

The fifth generation S60 phone could be called Nokia Tube 5800 according to some sources and could be launch by Q1 2009 at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress; which begs one fundamental question.

Why wait so long to launch this when by then, Apple will surely have launched at least two generations of iPhone on the market, especially given the fact that the phone appears to be a finished product.

Another disappointment is the lack of multi-touch which means that entries can only be done using one finger.

That said, there's also a few rumours circulating that the Tube that was displayed was a mainstream version and that a more feature-laden N-series phone based on a similar design will be released soon after.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.