Nokia's rival phone to apple iphone named TUBE releasing soon

Nokia will unveil its first touchscreen smartphone this week, according to reports.

Apple, LG, Samsung and several smaller handset vendors have rolled out their own touchscreen phones over the last two years, while the first handset using Google's Android platform will also have a touchscreen. But so far, the world's top mobile phone maker, Nokia, has stuck with traditional screens.

According to Reuters, which cites industry sources, Nokia says will unveil its new phone, code-named "Tube",
on 2 October at an analyst event in London. A Nokia spokeswoman declined to comment, but the company confirmed in July that its touchscreen offering would come this year and be cheaper than rival models.

Further reports have also suggested the phone will feature GPS, Wi-Fi and an SD card expansion and run on Symbian S60.

"The phone is extremely important," says Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi. "We have been waiting for the market leader to respond to Apple's iPhone for a year and a half now. There is a lot of pressure on Nokia."

Milanesi notes the Finnish firm had a history of coming late to the market with innovations, and succeeding anyway.

"With 3G it was late, but it got it right. Nokia delivered and is the market leader. Nokia did it with slim phones, and it could do it with the touchscreen," she says.

Nokia has used touch screens before in its internet tablet product range, which are phone-like devices for web surfing but lack a calling function.

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