Swype coming to Symbian S60 5th edition devices, beta available

By on September 1, 2010 at 10:07 AM.

Swype coming to Symbian S60 5th edition devices, beta available

Today, Nokia announced that the ever-efficient Swype keyboard will be coming to Symbian S60 5th edition devices. The software keyboard, which is currently being launched as a limited beta, supports the N97, N97 mini, X6, 5800, and 5230 Nokia handsets. As Nokia explains: “Swype and Nokia have been hard at work to deliver a limited beta release to Nokia S60 5th edition device owners. Your feedback will be valuable to us in the coming weeks, and we are especially interested in how well Swype interfaces with the many types of applications you use every day.” If you are interested in getting Swype on your S60 device, hit the jump to see a quick video followed by the download link. More →

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Handful of unreleased Nokia handsets pictured, N97 mini included

By on August 17, 2009 at 12:52 PM.

Handful of unreleased Nokia handsets pictured, N97 mini included

It looks like Nokia has a few tricks up its sleeve in the near future as a blurry photo reveals a number of unreleased and unannounced handsets. First is the N97 mini, which is easily distinguished from the full-sized N97 due to its lack of a d-pad on the keyboard. Next is a device that looks much like the 5800 XpressMusic, except the one pictured above (to the right of the N97 and N97 mini) has a chrome bezel. Could it be the rumored 5900XM? The white slider below the N97 mini has us baffled and yet completely uninterested. We’re also guessing that the black slider pictured to the next to the 5900XM is the same handset as the white slider, though the blur-factor makes it a bit tough to tell. Bottom line: 1) Expect a few new devices next month from Nokia World and 2) Nokia has a thing for chrome.

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FCC approves Nokia 5800i; don't get too excited, it's headed to China

By on July 31, 2009 at 9:24 AM.

FCC approves Nokia 5800i; don't get too excited, it's headed to China

As Apple’s effort to launch the iPhone in China continues, it looks like Nokia’s ever popular 5800 XpressMusic may find its way there first. This new version of the handset, dubbed 5800i, has just cleared the FCC with specs that are nearly identical to the 5800, at least from what we can tell. The 5800i rocks WCDMA 900/2100MHz alongside quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, which lines up nicely with China Unicom. Oh, and then there’s the fact that the label is in Chinese. As for the rest of the specs, we’ll have to wait and see — though the 5800i is lacking Wi-Fi, like the China-bound iPhone. It would be interesting however, if this turned out to be the capacitive screen-rocking 5800 refresh that rattled around the rumor mill a few months ago. Unlikely, yes, but interesting. Hit the jump for more shots.

Thanks, D!

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New Nokia 5800 XM firmware to make wishlist a reality; kinetic scrolling, improved camera and more

By on July 19, 2009 at 4:03 PM.

New Nokia 5800 XM firmware to make wishlist a reality; kinetic scrolling, improved camera and more

We have to be perfectly honest with you — it’s been a long time since any of us bothered to play with our Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. A really long time. The handset was a bit dated before it even came to market and it has been a tiny bit difficult to keep caring about it. It’s definitely a milestone device though — Nokia’s first S60 5th Edition phone and a sign that that company is in fact trying to keep up with the times, to some extent — so we feel obligated to cover it once in a while. Like now: Nokia Malaysia reportedly held a meet and greet recently at which several tasty tidbits regarding the 5800 XM were revealed. Long story short, a bunch of the neat little features found in the 5530 XM are supposedly headed to the 5800 XM in a new firmware update due out some time in the future. Notables:

  • Kinetic scrolling
  • Improved camera performance
  • Enhanced home screen (like the N97)
  • Improved response time

So if you’re still enjoying your 5800 XM but you’ve been waiting for these improvements to make your life whole again, hopefully this rumor will pan out sooner rather than later.

[Via Cell Addict]

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Nokia holding five hour sale tomorrow, online and in Flagship Stores

By on June 24, 2009 at 10:26 AM.

Nokia holding five hour sale tomorrow, online and in Flagship Stores

Apparently Nokia’s online sale last week was pretty effective because the Finnish manufacturer has decided to give it another go. This time around the sale is good at both Nokia Flagship Stores — in New York and Chicago — and online as well for those who don’t live near a shop. Here’s how this one shapes up:

  • 5800            $280.00
  • E63              $195.00
  • E66              $275.00
  • E71              $285.00
  • E75              $380.00
  • N79              $260.00
  • N85              $330.00
  • N95 8G         $355.00
  • N96              $440.00

Not bad at all, Nokia. As you can see, some of the prices are even better than last week’s deal and all fall into range off the 30-50 percent off. So when can you get your Symbian fix on the cheap? Thursday, June 25th in New York City from 11am-4pm local time (Eastern) and in Chicago from 10am-3pm local time (Central). The sale will also be going down in the same time slot on nokiausa.com. Anyone eyeing some new kit?

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Rogers releases the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

By on June 22, 2009 at 6:03 PM.

Rogers releases the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

If you’re a Nokia fan who lives in Canada and just so happens to have $199.99 burning a hole in your pocket, it might interest you to know Rogers has released the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. Available nation-wide as of today, the 5800 XpressMusic is a multimedia-centric S60 5th Edition smartphone with specs that include a 3.2-inch 640×360 resistive touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, auto-focus and dual-LED flash, 3.6Mbps HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi and aGPS. An 8GB microSD card also comes in the box to help pique your interest, though after playing around with one ourselves we’re not exactly convinced many Canadians are going to be picking up this device considering how many other awesome options there are in the same price range.

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Nokia USA three hour sale begins tonight, ends tonight

By on June 20, 2009 at 1:59 PM.

Nokia USA three hour sale begins tonight, ends tonight

Do you have a burning desire for a new Symbian smartphone but an even deeper burning desire to save money? How does 15 – 50 percent off select shiny new Nokia handsets sound? For only three hours starting at 9pm Central/10pm Eastern, here’s what you’re looking at:

  • N97 – $594
  • E75 – $265
  • E71 – $295
  • 5800 XpressMusic – $299
  • N85 – $320
  • N95 8GB – $378
  • E63 – $167
  • E66 – $245
  • N79 – $279

While a few of those price points might still be a bit steep, we’re generally looking at some solid deals on these brand new, unlocked, warrantied handsets. Anyone eying one of these bad boys and planning to pounce tonight?

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic headed to Rogers

By on June 3, 2009 at 3:18 PM.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic headed to Rogers

Well hello there, mister Blurrycam. It seems that lately, Rogers is all about firsts. Yesterday, Rogers released the world’s first two Android handsets north of the border. Hell, even Joshua Jackson came out to celebrate. Next up for the carrier — Nokia’s first S60 5th Edition handset, the 5800 XpressMusic. According to promotional signage found in various The Source locations, the 5800 is well on its way to joining the Motorola ROKR E8 and the upcoming Sony Ericsson W705 to form a solid music phone lineup. No pricing yet unfortunately and as for release timing, we have word that not all Rogers employees have received training on the device so it could be a while. Apparently The Source got a little excited. So… If Pacey was on hand for the Magic and Dream launch, do you think Rogers will be able to break Joey out of whatever cage Tom Cruise is keeping her in for the 5800 launch?

Thanks, Hassan!

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Flash Lite 3.1 hits the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

By on June 1, 2009 at 11:01 AM.

Flash Lite 3.1 hits the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

You know that really fun game you play, Nokia smartphone owners, where a firmware update is released in one region and you get to sit there all angry until your product code is finally recognized and NSU allows you to update? Well apparently Adobe is familiar with that game as well because an updated version of Flash Lite for the 5800 XpressMusic has just been released. Rather than force users to wait for Nokia to finally get around to issuing a firmware update, the new Flash Lite build is available as a stand alone update. Woo! Here’s the change log according to Adobe:

  • Improved Web Browsing, 91% of top 500 internet sites
  • Flash 9 (AS2 only) support
  • Local Connection / HTML Text / GetURL_target / CSS support / WMode
  • H.264 support / Improved video support (smoothing, seek)
  • Improved memory handling for images
  • MP3 Streaming support
  • Support for hardware acceleration – Flash Lite 3.1 supports OpenVG 1.1 to improve flash rendering performance on capable devices
  • Linux Reference port

Now it’s true that the update might not be available for all regions just yet, but at least we can anticipate a shorter wait than if we were waiting for new firmware. Users who can access the update are reporting much smoother in-broswer video playback so it should be worth the [hopefully brief] wait. To see if the update is available in your region, check the App Update app on your 5800.

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Nokia announces 5800 Star Trek edition, complete with phaser

By on April 28, 2009 at 10:43 AM.

Nokia announces 5800 Star Trek edition, complete with phaser

Nokia’s 5800 XpressMusic might have first appeared in The Dark Knight but as much as our Finnish friends love product placement, it looks like its first S60 5th Edition phone might be making another cameo on the big screen. Nokia has just revealed it will be releasing a special Star Trek edition of the popular touchscreen phone — which will be free on contract with Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and O2 — featuring special Star Trek animated screen savers, three Star Trek wallpapers and eight exclusive Trek-themed ringtones. It also packs an exclusive phaser application but sadly, no teleporting capabilities. The 5800 Star Trek edition might not be able to beam you anywhere but all your Trekkie pals will surely be envious when you brandish it at the next Star Trek convention. Just make sure you sneak away to a corner when you use it to call your mom for a ride home.

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Shipments of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic exceed 13 million [UPDATED]

By on April 15, 2009 at 9:44 AM.

Shipments of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic exceed 13 million [UPDATED]

When it was announced in early October, we were pretty underwhelmed by the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic although we did walked away with relatively positive thoughts after playing with the NAM version in February. It seems like those Nokia-crazed Europeans and Asians like it a lot more than anyone could have predicted however, as Nokia has reportedly now shipped a staggering 13 million units. To underscore just how much sales of the 5800 XM have picked up in the past two and a half months, it was only late January when Nokia shipped its millionth handset roughly two months after its initial release. It looks as though early sales were heavily impacted by a horrible pricing decision in which early adopters were forced to purchase a €100 Nokia Music Store voucher and €50 three-month subscription to Nokia Maps. Just how high the sales figures will climb in the coming months is anyone’s guess, but we’re going to guess that sales will increase with diminishing returns.

UPDATE: Oops. Looks like this story is based on a quote from a Nokia exec who got a little excited and mistakenly stated 13 million 5800s shipped instead of 13 million 5310s shipped. Slightly different handsets indeed. Thanks, Symbian-Guru.

[Via S-F]

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New Nokia 5530 XpressMusic to arrive this fall?

By on April 11, 2009 at 10:55 AM.

New Nokia 5530 XpressMusic to arrive this fall?

We have to file this one under super-duper-rumor for the time being as zero evidence was provided, but according to Daily Mobile (a blog with a good track record) we may now have some preliminary details on one of Nokia’s upcoming fall handset launches. The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic will supposedly join the 5800 XpressMusic in Nokia’s lineup of music-oriented touchscreen handsets. As far as reported specs go, you’re looking at a 2.9-inch touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi, FM Radio and will be powered by Symbian S60 5th Edition. This latest rumored offering is said to be debuting in September 2009, falling nicely in line with the trio of touchscreen handsets that are supposed to be launching this fall.

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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic back on the shelves in North America

By on March 15, 2009 at 9:29 AM.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic back on the shelves in North America

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic NAM had a bumpy launch last month with 3G connectivity issues forcing Nokia to halt sales. The music handset is reportedly now back on the shelves at Nokia Flagship stores however, and pre-orders will be shipped from Nokia’s fulfillment center within the next 1-2 weeks. All new handsets have been updated to firmware v20 which supposedly fixes the connectivity issues that had plagued the phone. No word on when current 5800 owners can obtain this latest firmware update so you all will have to sit tight until Nokia is ready to roll it out to the masses. In the mean time, cross your fingers and hope your speaker doesn’t blow .

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