The new model, dubbed the N-Gage QD, is about 20 per cent smaller than the mark one model and, unlike the old unit, has the speaker and mîcrophone mounted on the front so you don’t have to hold it sideways to make a call.
Whereas with the previous version you had to remove a back panel and pull out a battery to insert a new game card, the new model has an easy to reach multmedia card slot for game cartridges.
Another criticism of the original N-Gage was that few games exploited the device’s connectivity options for multiplayer gaming. Nokia therefore intends to launch 50 new N-Gage titles on the market by the end of this year, three quarters of which will offer multiplayer gaming.
Due to be officially unveiled at the E3 show in Los Angeles, the N-Gage QD is expected to be priced between E99 (contract) and E199 (SIM Free) when it is launched across Europe in May.