Nokia Colombus RM-581 is a prototype of the Nokia N8

20. 12. 2021 Monday / By: Robert Denes / Leakage / Exact time: BST / Print this page

D imitrios shared the photo and material of the new leak, another partially marketed Nokia prototype device, in his Twitter account, which now shows the Nokia Colombus phone.

The Nokia RM-581 is a prototype of the Columbus Harmattan, which some say was originally a device they wanted to release sometime in 2009, but failed because the Harmattan was not yet ready for release. The photos clearly show a prototype that ran on Maemo6, more commonly known as MeeGo-Harmattan. Some believe the Nokia N8 smartphone was built after the prototype of the Nokia RM-581 Columbus Harmattan.

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Development of Colombus began in late 2008 and became Nokia’s “iPhone killer”. True, Colombus has been leaked many times, this prototype shows you the original device from the earliest known photos, from which the N8 device, which was later launched on the market, was made.

It is clear from the photos that the PCB stands out from the black plastic shell. If you look closely, you can see that the device only starts in tethered mode (also known as connected to a computer).

This is the first look at the 2009 Nokia Colombus, which was the concept tool of Nokia Colombus with the model number RM-581; which eventually appears as Nokia N8. There was a significant difference between the commercial model and the prototype.

Another difference between Colombus and the commercial N8 is the operating system. Here, Colombus runs on a Maemo-based system instead of Symbian, in which the user interface is very similar to the N900.

The browser is based on the Fennec Project, i.e. Firefox! It even included open web pages, history, and favorite websites that synced with most Windows PCs and, of course, customized the user interface for touch input!

The newcomer, based on MeeGo / Harmattan, was unfortunately canceled in 2009 due to a development delay, and was replaced by the Nokia N8, which is built around similar styling elements and around the same 12-megapixel autofocus camera. The newcomer would have been much stronger on the technical front than the Symbian-based release, but the Swype interface finally reached its final form only two years later, when the Nokia N9 debuted.


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