Nokia's Communicator to make a comeback?
Business talker updated with touchscreen and swivel
Nokia may be preparing the successor to its E90 Communicator, if a pair of images that the phone giant used in a recent presentation about its S60 user interface are taken at face value.
Nokia's updated Communicator
Images of the unnamed handset show a device that borrows much of its styling from the currently available E90 Communicator, which was launched way back in early 2007. The new device likewise opens up to reveal a Qwerty keyboard.
Nokia original E90 Communicator
However, the keyboard appears to have been replaced with a flat, touch-sensitive unit. Continuing the theme of touch-sensitivity, the main display must be a touchscreen, given the lack of a numberpad.
It’s also worth noting that the Qwerty keyboard appears to swivel around for use alongside the main display, rather than open up, clamshell fashion, as the E90 does.
Very little else is known about the updated Communicator, aside from that fact that the screen can also be used with a stylus. It’s reasonable to assume that the talker’s set-up for HSDPA 3G connections.
9300i user and happy!
I'm with the s60 people on this. I have a battered E61 which I use at work and going back to my 9300i is a dream. I love S80 and I love the Communicator but to be honest I can't see a need to upgrade just yet!
Incidentally, if I switch both phones on at the same time my 9300i is up and running way before the E61.
Jumping the gun?
s60 is a platform division and so their marketing/graphics design have to come up with devices that show off concepts which utilise the different features of the device.
S60 don't do plastics - product teams do plastics.
Or it could be something like the HTC Universal which allows one to swiwel the screen and tuck the keyboard inside when not in use.
If this is powered by S60 5th Edition, then count me IN.