Saturday, November 04, 2006

Nokia 870 - replacement for the 770?

I found all sorts of chatter on the web via Google about the super-secret Nokia 870. The story seemed to hit around October 27th. No official details and only one blurry picture (see right). It's supposed to have a camera and VoIP capabilities built-in. I hope that latter VoIP capability means better placement of the microphone and speaker. I hope it also means a faster processor (something at least 400MHz in the Arm processor), more memory (256MB), more flash (1GB), and a more stable version of embedded Linux. I would sincerely hope that Nokia takes a clue from other cellular developers and uses Trolltech's QT for embedded systems as its UI rather than Nokia's home-grown Hildon interface. That requires an X server as well as a modified version of Gnome. And finally, another way to create applications that doesn't require a complete development environment running chrooted under Linux. Something like Mono (for .Net) or even Python.


This link has more information, some of it deciphered from documents submitted by Nokia to the FCC.

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