N-Gage QD Q&A

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posted 4/16/2004 by The GN Staff
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The Nokia N-Gage was probably one of the more hyped products at E3 last year but the N-Gage did not do as well as Nokia had hoped so they went back to the drawing board and came up with the Nokia QD, a smaller, leaner version of the original N-Gage. There’s been a lot of speculation about what the new product does and doesn’t do so we fired off some questions about the new device to Will Willis, a spokesman for Nokia to see what the deal was.

GamingNexus: How does the device compare size and weight wise to the original N-Gage?
Will Willis The N-Gage QD is 20 percent smaller than the original N-Gage. The original N-Gage is 5.26 x 2.74 x .80 inches while N-Gage QD is 4.65 x 2.68 x .87 inches, so overall smaller but slightly thicker. Weight-wise, the N-Gage is 4.83 oz versus N-Gage QD's weight of 4.7 oz.

GamingNexus: Does QD stand for anything?
Will Willis QD is generally a marketing designation, but the combination of letters works internationally in many different languages. Also, some have said that since you can carry your N-Gage device with you all the time so that it's easy to play whenever you want, every day, it's reminiscent of the Latin term for "every day": quaque die -- or QD.

GamingNexus: What were the most important lessons learned from the release of the first device?
Will Willis The launch of the original N-Gage brought forth a lot of feedback from gamers that we clearly listened to when designing N-Gage QD. Things like the hot-swap MMC card slot, battery life, and a more traditional phone talking style were addressed. As we get more feedback from gamers on N-Gage QD, you can expect we'll keep listening for new features down the road.

GamingNexus: What are the biggest improvements in the QD over the original N-Gage?
Will Willis As mentioned, a smaller form factor, inclusion of a hot-swap MMC card slot, a classic-talking profile, and longer batter life all make N-Gage QD great. Also, the display brightness and performance of the screen on N-Gage QD have been enhanced to make it the best in its class of handheld devices.

GamingNexus: Will cartridges be easier to insert than in the original device?
Will Willis Yes. All you have to do is slide one MMC card out and slide another MMC card in using the hot-swap MMC card slot located on the bottom of the N-Gage QD.

GamingNexus: Are there any major QD only games or will the library be based on ports of existing games?
Will Willis There will be no games exclusive to N-Gage QD -- all games will be playable on both N-Gage and N-Gage QD, and games that have previously come out for N-Gage are playable on N-Gage QD as well. Upcoming games will be a mix of never before seen first-party titles that really push the mobile online gaming capabilities of N-Gage, and blockbuster games that gamers have come to know and love.
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