Nokia has already brought out two touchscreen phones – the N97 and the 5800 XpressMusic – both aimed at slightly different ends of the smartphone market. Now it looks as though Nokia is going all out with the touchscreen thing and is preparing three new handsets for later this year.
The unnamed phones are said to be ‘thin’ and will run S60 Series 5 like the previous two Nokia touch devices. Interestingly, all three are said to include the VibeTonz haptic feedback technology that Nokia recently licensed from Immersion.
VibeTonz uses careful software control of the built-in vibrating motor that most mobiles use to alert you when on ‘Silent’ to give tiny physical resposnes to touch – stimulating the pressing of a key or providing ‘rumble’ feedback for games, etc.
As Unwired View points out, Nokia seems to have forgotten about similar – though much more advanced – tech called Haptikos that it was demoing back in 2007 that combined vibrations with actual physical changes to the surface of the touchscreen.
The three new phones are rumoured to be very close to release and the first could be out as soon as the Autumn.