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Nokia blows a gasket, shows off N86 in Singapore without an MWC announcement

Zach Epstein
February 16th, 2009 at 12:12 PM

We’re sort of a little speechless right now, as we have official confirmation that Nokia is the most peculiar handset manufacturer in the world, ever. You’re Nokia. You’ve got a very good idea that Samsung will be announcing the sexiest Symbian handset of all time (OmniaHD) at MWC this year. It’s got the goods in nearly every area imaginable (though a keypad might be nice). Your upcoming flagship Nseries, the N97 is old news so you can’t rely on it as your big announcement at MWC. You’ve got a handful of ho-hum handsets spread out on your table alongside your first 8 megapixel offering with an AMOLED display, aGPS, a digital compass, an FM transmitter, a battery yielding up to 25 hours of audio playback and what looks to be configurable color-changing keypad lighting. What do you do? Well apparently you take the most interesting unannounced handset you’ve got, the 8 megapixel N86, and show it off in Singapore at something called Showcase Nokia 2009. For real? Even if Nokia does make the handset official tomorrow or Wednesday at MWC, it doesn’t make this peculiar move any more reasonable. On a related note, sources are telling us that Nokia may be announcing its first 12 megapixel handset, the Nwtf, at the Shady Acres senior center next month. Prune juice will be served. Hit the jump for more shots, and hit yourself in the head repeatedly if you were involved with the decision making process at Nokia that lead to this debacle.

Thanks, Canis_Major!


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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