Thanks Adnan who found this on eBay (via Symbian Tweet and Smartphone Arena)- here we can see what is supposedly a Nokia Prototype found on eBay. It sports a slide out keypad like the N95 family (N85, N86, N96) and bears a Carl Zeiss 12MP camera with Xenon Flash.
There’s also a kickstand like the N86. The eBay page names this as the N87 (rumoured a while ago as the 12mp xenon snapper – which we thought turned out to be the Nokia N8). N00 is quite normal for proto.
Is this an early prototype that’s been resigned to before even hitting the shelves or possibly something coming soon? It’s like finding a secret member of the family after all these years. The design on the face doesn’t look very contemporary. No one does sticky out buttons any more. Certainly not a splattering of them. A China clone perhaps? But no clone has ever replicated xenon. A remnant of a cancelled Nseries. Certainly would have been enticed by this more so than N96/N86.
The front sports a N86 like button configuration. The screen is quite sizable and based on the clarity of the font (it could just be printed – but it isn’t – notice the times changing in one photo to the next) it seems much higher resolution than the standard QVGA 320X240 of S60 3rd Edition. It’s at least 2.6″, possibly 2.8″. What on earth is that ditch in between the screen and soft keys?
The homescreen looks quite different to the normal S60 3rd Edition
And finally, a glimpse into the revival of the N95 form factor. Well, I say N95 form factor, the N95, N85, N86 and N96 were all dual sliders. I’m not sure this can slide in both directions.
eBay << going for 799USD
Oh update. Seen Adnan’s other tip about Symbian Tweet
who sourced Smartphone Arnea who found the eBay auction.