Nokia's made a few bold design moves over the year. Some have paid off. Some have been marked 'who the fudge signed that off'? (remember the Nokia 3650?!)
Well, times have changed, management's moved on, Symbian's been ditched and Samsung's overtaken the Fins in terms of share - but there's obviously a little bit of nostalgia for the past with the news that, apparently, the ill-fated N-Gage is making a return!
Yup. Us too.
It's come via MyNokiaBlog which got the tip off from someone who knows someone who works in Nokia Labs. Little is known but the handset is said to be called the Lumia X (suggesting a Windows Phone brain) and the shape said to hark back to the Nokia 5700. That means a twisting camera and also fully dedicated controls for gaming.
Here's the exact info given by the tipster, copied and pasted for your delectation:
"New Nokia Windows phone 8 to be launched in September.
I got it from my friend.
He worked at Nokia Design Studio (not mention name).
He talks about how the new equipment, both of LUMIA more interesting than Samsung, HTC and Huawei.
In addition, he said LUMIA X has a screen resolution HD Amoled Clear Black, Windows phone 8 OS, powered by Snapdragon S4, 8 millionpixel resolution camera carl zeiss lens, that can rotate the camera itself.
There are dedicated keys for playing games on the top & can be twisted to access music quickly.
He also tells of the N-GAGE is back again.
Data is designed to stay in the lab.
I was excited to try this. Not sure if it is true that much.
If the information is incorrect. Apologize for any inconvenience that this."
The fact of the matter is that this could all be complete and utter baloney. But what if it's not? The mind boggles!