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Nokia gets touchy feely with the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

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Nokia 5800 XpressMusicToday Nokia unwrapped its first touchscreen-equipped S60 smartphone, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, at an event in London. The 5800 XpressMusic, long known as the "Tube" on the rumor mills, is the first smartphone to feature Nokia's new S60 5th Edition user interface, which adds support for touchscreen displays to the platform. The 5800 XpressMusic breaks the ice with a large 3.2" touchscreen display that is capable of showing 16 million colors at 640x360 pixel resolution. A built-in accelerometer handles automatic screen rotation activation.

The 5800 XpressMusic also features a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and Carl Zeiss optics. A newly designed suite of image and video editing tools is also on board, alongside the microSD card slot and an 8GB microSD card that is included in the sales package. The 5800 XpressMusic sports a 3.5mm audio port that supports standard wired stereo headphones as well as the 5800 XpressMusic's TV-out capabilities. The device also comes equipped with a pair of stereo speakers built-in that one Nokia rep described as "quite powerful."
Nokia 5800 XpressMusicThere will be three different configurations of the 5800 XpressMusic available. All three support quad-band GSM/EDGE, while two of the versions also support 3G connectivity; one supporting HSDPA on the 900 and 2100MHz bands, the other on the 850 and 1900MHz bands. WiFi is also included for even higher-speed data transfers. A GPS receiver is built-in, as is Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support for stereo headsets, which should allow for a great music experience.

Text input on the 5800 XpressMusic is handled by 4 different on-screen methods. There is a full screen virtual QWERTY keyboard that can be used when the device is held horizontally. It is complemented by a half-screen QWERTY keyboard that is used in portrait mode. The 5800 XpressMusic also features a virtual T9 alphanumeric keypad as well as handwriting recognition, which is particularly popular in the Asian markets.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusicThe new standby screen also supports a new contact bar for fast access to the user's 4 favorite contacts, as well as a dedicated media bar for one-touch media access. Lastly, for those with a passion for gaming, it is worth noting, sadly, that the 5800 XpressMusic does not support Nokia's N-gage gaming platform, though we were told by a Nokia rep that such functionality is "on the roadmap."

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is planned to be available in Europe and Asia in Q4 of 2008, priced at EUR279 (USD$391) before taxes and subsidies. The North American version is expected to ship in Q1 of 2009, with pricing as-yet unknown. Q1 of 2009 will also see the launch of the first Comes With Music version of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in certain parts of the world.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusicSpecifications for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Operating System Symbian OS with Nokia S60 5th Edition
Band GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, UMTS 900/2100MHz
GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, 850/1900MHz
Size 111mm x 51.7mm x 15.5mm (4.4" x 2" x .6")
Weight 109g (3.8oz)
Battery Life Estimated 17 days standby time
Estimated 9/5 hours talk time (GSM/UMTS)
Main Display 3.2" 16m color nHD touchscreen, 640x360 pixel resolution
Camera 3.2 megapixel autofocus with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash
Video Record/Playback
Messaging SMS/MMS/IM
Bluetooth Yes with A2DP
Memory 81MB internal, 8GB microSD card in box
Availability Planned Q4 2008
Other Speakerphone, 3.5mm headset jack, built-in GPS receiver, built-in accelerometer


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At April 24, 2009 at 9:20 AM, Anonymous Eyric said...

well pretty cool phone.. how much will be its price in the philippines..?


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