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Nokia: Ovi Store, N86, HTC: Touch Diamond 2, Touch Pro 2

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Nokia's own app store was finally announced. The Ovi Store will begin in May and will allow you, well, to buy applications of course. Nokia "expects that the store will reach 300 million users by 2012." They also said that 70 percent of the revenue will go to the software developers. There will be a "social discovery" feature that will tell you what apps other people are using and they "will automatically be highlighted." I don't know how interesting a store could get, but they've finally confirmed it. There's not really any specs i can give you here.

Remember that picture i showed you a while back with the skateboarder. That picture was apparently taken with an 8MP Nokia shooter that also had a Carl Zeiss lens. Well, looks like we may have a match here. It may have been taken with this phone, the Nokia N86. The N86 will have an 8 megapixel camera, a Carl Zeiss lens and a xenon flash which are all great things. This is the first picture of the N86 and there is no other word on the specs. Boy Genius mentions that it might not be a touchscreen because the screen looks a bit small.

HTC looks amazing at MWC with the announcement of their HTC Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 phones. I'll first talk about the Touch Diamond 2. It will have a 3.6 or 3.2-inch touchscreen (different reports) and will be just 13.7mm thick. It will have 50% better battery life and a 5MP camera. It looks like it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but judging from no pictures of it and the video that did not reveal a QWERTY, it actually may not have one. That would make it a direct competitor for the iPhone. Unfortunately, it runs Windows Mobile. I don't know what it is with HTC and their love for Windows Mobile. They assume that their TouchFLO 3D crap will make WinMo run better, but they're wrong. This phone will be available to "major European and Asian markets in early Q2 2009 with broader global availability coming later in the year." Since there was new news on the HTC Touch Pro 2 running WinMo 6.5, this phone may also run WinMo 6.5.

Before getting you all excited. This phone will also run Windows Mobile 6.1 [Edited later]. If you can get past that, the phone itself will also have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.6-inch touchscreen, improved battery life, expandable memory and a 3.2MP camera. I don't see any other important specs, but this phone will be available in the early summertime. Actually this just in, Engadget reports that all Windows Mobile 6.5 phones will have a physical start button on the phone. This picture also means that the HTC Touch Pro 2 may run on WinMo 6.5, instead of the aforementioned 6.1. It will be a bit better running 6.5.

Nokia Ovi Store (and picture): http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/16/nokia-unveils-ovi-store-application-sales-to-debut-in-may/
Nokia N86 (and picture): http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2009/02/16/nokia-leaks-n86-amidst-a-lukewarm-showing-at-mwc/
HTC Touch Diamond2 (and picture): http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2009/02/16/htc-announces-the-touch-diamond2-and-touch-pro2/
HTC Touch Diamond2: http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/16/htcs-touch-diamond2-adds-zoom-bar-mega-screen-surprisingly-fe/
HTC Touch Pro2: http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2009/02/16/htc-announces-the-touch-diamond2-and-touch-pro2/
HTC Touch Pro2: http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/16/htc-touch-pro2-is-awesome-in-ways-the-touch-pro-never-could-be/
Windows Mobile 6.5 Has Physical Start Button (and picture): http://i.gizmodo.com/5154217/all-windows-mobile-65-phones-to-feature-physical-start-button



2 comments:
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yang said...
February 16, 2009 at 1:38 PM  

Nokia, the King of ugly keypads is back with the N86. 2.6' screen? Common, you gota go at least 2.8 for a high end phone these days.

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Isaiah said...
February 16, 2009 at 2:29 PM  

Rofl, i know, it sucks.

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