New Nokia UI designs and form factors

When the news that there will be no upgrade to Nokia N93 device until 2010 came out, quite a few of it’s fans were pretty disappointed. And that’s understandable.

My guess is Nokia has it’s hands full with developing an iPhone challenger with S60 Touch, and bringing the platform that made N95 possible to the masses. So the introduction of some additional, unproven, form factors is the last thing they want to do right now.

But that does not mean that all the experiments and ideas about new mobile phone interfaces and form factors has stopped at Nokia R&D labs. And from some patent filings that we got our hands on today, we can show you few more interesting handset interfaces/form factors that Nokia is trying out.

The first has to do with a swiveling phones similar to Nokia 7370. At first look, and when you open the phone in a right hand, it looks exactly like 7370:

But here’s what happens when you hold it in your left hand and open it:

Yep. A touchscreen appears instead of the normal keypad. This is done with the help of a clever hinge, which actually opens different layers, depending whether the top cover swivels to the right or left.

Here’s one more Nokia’s take on a touch interface:

A curved, touch sensitive scroll bar. It takes much less space then a circular touch pad and is very easy to operate with one hand. I can see quite a few Nokia handsets that would benefit from such set-up.

Another interesting form factor has to do with media players in mobile phones. If you are watching a 2 hour movie on your phone, holding it in your hand becomes annoying pretty fast. But if you put it on a table or on some other surface, you can’t actually see the screen.

Here’s one of the ways how Nokia decided to tackle this problem:

Not something really groundbreaking or original, but might be interesting to see in some specialized Nokia handsets.

We already told you that they’ve been testing various things with a live Nokia Aeon model, we’ve also written about new touch interfaces for Nokia handsets, and there’s that cool Nokia cameraphone from a few months ago, too.

So it looks like things are humming nicely in Nokia R&D labs, and some of the contraptions created there are very likely to become an exciting products. If only to know when and which ones :)

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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