Nokia wasn’t commenting, but reports surfaced Friday that its big debut for a touch-screen device will be this Thursday when it holds a media and analyst event in London.
Two industry sources told Reuters that Nokia was set to unveil the phone, code-named the “Tube,” this week. It will mark Nokia’s first touch-screen since Apple launched the iPhone last year.
A spokeswoman for Nokia said the company would not comment on an unannounced product.
The expectation is the device will be closely tied to Nokia’s Comes With Music service, which will first be released in the United Kingdom and compete with iTunes and other music services. On Sept. 2, Nokia announced that Carphone Warehouse will be the exclusive U.K. prepaid channel for the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic edition.