Verizon plans to launch the Nokia Twist — a unique swivel phone with a “light ring” that glows to alert users of incoming calls and messages — on September 21.
The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based carrier said the Twist has a compact, minimulist design and opens to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. Its large 2.4-inch display shows nature-inspired themes that change throughout the day, while external keys provide a slight vibrating response when a selection is made.
Additional features include a 3.0-megapixel auto-focus camera, access to Verizon’s VCAST Video, Music and Navigator services, stereo Bluetooth and a microSD expansion card slot.
On Wednesday, Nokia unveiled the N97 Mini, X6 and X3, new music phones that integrate Facebook’s social-networking service, and the Mural for AT&T, a clamshell that lights up in blue, red, green, orange, purple and pink colors to alert users of incoming events.
Although Nokia has weathered the global recession better than some handset makers, it is having to work harder to maintain its market lead amid increasing competition from Apple’s iPhone and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry.
Last week, the company announced its own high-end smartphone, the N900, running Linux software.
Verizon said the Nokia Twist will hit store shelves on September 21 for $150 with a two-year contract.