Nokia 'had iPhone-style device in 2004'

Huge manufacturing costs led Finnish firm to put smartphone on the backburner, ex-employee claims
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Nokia was working on an internet-ready touch-screen phone prototype back in 2004 - pre iPhone - but abandoned the project due to prohibitive production costs, a former employee of the firm has said.

A New York Times article, which quotes ex-Nokia worker Ari Hakkarainen, suggests the firm passed up opportunities to innovate in the mid-noughties, only to see others pick up where it left off.

In addition to the touchscreen concept, another ex-employee claims Nokia also rejected designs for an online app store and a 3D user interface.

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