New iPhone should boost multimedia handsets: Nokia
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia, the world's largest cellphone maker,
sees a new 3G version of Apple's iPhone boosting sales of multimedia
Apple's follow-on to the original iPhone, which launched in a blaze
of publicity about a year ago, is widely expected to be the main
attraction when its head, Steve Jobs, takes the stage at Apple's
developers' conference later on Monday.
Senior Vice President of Nokia Markets, Anssi Vanjoki, said
technological convergence, where consumer electronics, information
technology and various internet services are integrating into one
platform was happening fast, even as some economies slowed.
A new iPhone would further emphasize that, Vanjoki told Reuters on
Monday, bringing more traffic, coverage and users to telecom
operators' 3G services.
"Convergence will strengthen through such a significant company
such as Apple coming to that field," Vanjoki said.
"From the perspective of operator business this is an extremely
Apple has declined to comment on what Jobs is set to announce. But
analysts expect him to show a long-rumored device running on 3G
networks, particularly important for the European markets, where
building new networks has been more advanced than in the United States
and where iPhone sales have lagged.
Vanjoki said Nokia has estimated the market this year for
multimedia handsets, or what it calls converged devices, to be 180
Nokia is set to launch a touchscreen handset, a prominent feature
in the iPhone, in the latter half of the year, Vanjoki said.
He added Nokia would unveil touchscreen products for all of the
handset price segments, rather than just for the higher-end, where its
rivals' handsets with touchscreens are.
"Currently, the market for touchscreen products is a niche market.
We always aim for a situation where we can cover all the segments with
all the options," Vanjoki said.
"We will introduce products from the very low segment to the
highest one featuring this type of functionality."
Nokia's Korean rival, Samsung launched earlier on Monday a new
touchscreen smartphone, branded Omnia, just hours before Apple's
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