Symbian has today announced that the new Nokia N-Gage QD smartphone will be based on Symbian OS.

The N-Gage QD game deck has all the gaming features of the original Symbian OS- based N-Gage and includes a hot-swappable multimedia slot (MMC) for new and existing game cards - existing N-Gage users have to remove the battery to swap games.

The new player has a more compact design than its predecessor, longer battery life, a 4096-color screen and backlight, enhanced messaging and improved connectivity however lacks a digital camera, MP3 player or built in Radio- something that can be found in most newly recented Nokia phones.

Based on the Series 60 platform the N-Gage QD is expected to be available in May 2004 for Europe.