Nokia Clamshell with display and touchscreen

With the news about the next generation S60 Touch interface out in the open, it’s time to start looking for hints about the new Nokia handsets with touchscreen interface.

And, except for confidential informers inside Nokia, there’s no better place for that, then a patent database. We’ve already found one interesting Sidekick like Nokia handset that can sport a touchscreen interface.

And here comes another one:

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This Nokia flip phone has two screens and one of them can be used either as a second display or a touchscreen to control the device. The switching between different modes is automatic and depends on the opening angle.

If the device is opened at an angle of up to 160 degrees, bottom display is in a touchscreen mode. Pull it further to 180 degrees and you get an extended display on both parts.

Overall, nothing really groundbreaking here. We’ve seen this clamshell with dual display/touchscreen approach from LG, months ago.

Still, it’s good to see that Nokia is really thinking about the touch screens in it’s phones. And was doing it even before an iPhone came along, since this particular patent application was filed way back in 2006.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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