Looking very, very much like the now-infamous Idou Sony Ericsson announced for 2H, the same source that let us all in on the VZW/Pro2 party has floated a live shot of an upcoming SE phone that obviously grabs our attention. By way of Captain Blurrycam, d474rpr.com (“data ripper”? we’re a little rusty) brings us the “Kokura” — which could possibly be a CDMA variant of Sony Ericsson’s Idou. Really?! Bear with us here: All of the handsets in d474rpr’s post are presumably in the hands of the same tester as they were all seemingly taken in the same kitchen. Verizon’s upcoming Touch Pro2, Verizon’s upcoming BlackBerry Tour, Alltel’s upcoming HTC Cedar… And the Kokura. S60 5th Edition on Verizon Wireless? We’ll just have to wait and see.
We’ve long believed that the Nokia N97 would ship in out in July but a new rumor has the North American version of the N97 pegged for a June 2nd shippingdate. The evidence: a screenshot from the site of a major North American distributor, as seen above. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if this rumor pans out and the N97 makes an early word-wide release, especially considering Vodafone UK’s website now lists a June launch instead of July for the Euro edition. No matter what, unless you’re one of the lucky few who managed to score an N97 NAM on pre-order for $454.35, you may just want to hold off on pulling the trigger. From what we hear, June is going to be quite a month for new handsets in the US – *cough* iPhone *cough* Pre. Then again, it makes complete sense that Nokia would try to push the N97 out before the US starts going bananas for the aforementioned carrier-subsidized phones.
We’re going to go out on a limb here and say there’s a very, very good chance this is fake, but images of a handset reported to be Nokia’s next touchscreen Symbian smartphone have just surfaced. The source is in China — land of less-than-authentic handsets — so definitely tread with caution. That said, you’re looking at images of what is reported to be Nokia’s successor to the 5800 XpressMusic… The 5900 XpressMusic. Could this be the rumored capacitive touchscreen refresh that had been rumored a while back? Specs are limited for the time being but the source claims a 3.5 inch touchscreen and a 5 megapixel camera are on board along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a kickstand. The source also reports a possible lack of 3G which, if true, would definitely be a pretty good indication that the handset is indeed fake. Hit the jump for more shots.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re just as psyched as anyone else for the release of Nokia’s flagship N97 handset — the company’s first Nseries device to pack S60 5th Edition. We just can’t seem to work our way around the price tags that have been popping up. The N97 recently appeared on TIM’s website as its impending release draws closer, and the price is currently listed at €599. For those keeping score at home, that’s $793.38 in US dollars at today’s exchange rate… From a carrier! Now granted, all of TIM’s pricing is pretty outrageous — the Nokia N96 is available for €599 as well (?!?) — but we have to wonder about the N97’s cost to partners if TIM has to charge this much. Of course it’s possible that TIM is simply relentless and shameless in gouging its customers, but let’s not forget Expansys UK currently has the unlocked N97 listed at £669.99 ($980 US). Crazy.
[Via Symbian Planet]
So close… And yet so far. Yesterday we reported that Nokia Flagship stores had received shipments of the kind-of-not-really highly sought-after 5800 XpressMusic NAM, but eager Symbian fans who made it down to the NYC shop were in for a pretty unpleasant surprise. Oh, we weren’t wrong – Nokia’s stores did indeed receive shipments of 5800s sporting US-ready 3G antennas. Unfortunately however, Nokia didn’t start selling them. In fact here we are a day later and Nokia still isn’t selling them. Huh? It’s not that staff in the store doesn’t want to sell you a shiny new 5800 NAM… They can’t. As it turns out, Nokia is having some issues with its inventory system and, well, store employees can’t sell you a phone if they can’t charge you for it. If you were planning to head down to the New York Flagship store today, definitely give them a call first to see if the issues have been resolved. At least now we know why Nokia doesn’t make a big deal when it finally releases handsets here in the US.
It’s a day early and though some might say it’s still a dollar short, Nokia die hards in close proximity to a Flagship store will be happy to learn the the 5800 XpressMusic NAM is now in stock at Nokia’s retail stores – all set to go on sale today around 3:00 pm. Initial launch details slated the 5800 release for tomorrow but we’re fanboys won’t be complaining about getting their paws on the handset slightly ahead of schedule. The price is set at the reported $399, up from the announced $360, but it’s still a pretty good deal and should tide people over until they get the handset they really want — the N97. Those who took advantage of the pre-order discount opportunity this past Valentine’s Day will be happy to learn that orders will likely ship in the next few days. Woo hoo! So is anyone getting ready to fight the elements and head down to a Flagship store?
Just a few short days after we learned the release details for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic here in the US, Nokia dropped a little Valentine’s Day surprise on us all. As of today, the 5800 is available for pre-order on Nokia’s site and the price is indeed $399. But wait! Nokia also launched a Valentine’s Day promo to go along with it, giving buyers a 10% discount on any single item purchased or 15% off the total order when two or more items are purchased. In other words, the 5800 will run you $359.10 if you pre-order it today on its own. Throw in another handset or even an accessory such as a Bluetooth headset and you’re looking at $339.15 – not bad at all. Nokia is also offering free shipping on V-Day orders so if you’re thinking about forking over some cash for a Nokia handset in the near future, today is your day. Of course you’ll still have to wait until the handset is officially launched in the US before your 5800 will ship (on or around February 26th), but once it’s in stock you should receive a shipping notification the same day. Any takers?
Nokia fans here in the US are most definitely used to waiting. First it was the long wait for Nokia to begin offering its Symbian handsets more widely in the US which then lead to the wait for a wider variety of S60 devices packing 850/1900 MHz WCDMA compatibility. While each of those issues have been addressed to some extent, there’s still the ever-present wait for NAM counterparts of handsets that have been available elsewhere for months. Enter the 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia’s first touch-enabled S60 5th Edition handset. Released months ago in some regions, it looks like North American Nokians will finally be able to get their mitts on the 5800 XpressMusic circa February 26th, a Thursday. This is apparently the date the handset will become available to US retailers however, so we wouldn’t expect units to actually be fulfilled for at least a few days thereafter. As for pricing, MSRP is set at $399 which has ballooned slightly from the ~$360 at which the handset was announced. All the same, Nokians looking to get their touch on will still be likely to jump on the 5800 especially considering a new round of rumors that suggest a delayed N97 release.
Samsung: Hear and hear us clearly. Bring this phone… To the US… With WCDMA 850/1900… Now! We first told you about Wile E.’s wonder phone this past Thursday as blurrycam shots were leaked along with preliminary specs. Yes, it was sexy then. Now that we have some higher-quality shots and S60 5th Edition has become a fact rather than just an unsubstantiated theory, this thing can’t come around soon enough. This isn’t the first time Samsung has taken Nokia’s S60 operating system and stuffed it into a handset way more drool-worthy than any Finnish phone on the market, but this could very well be the widest margin by which Samsung has out-Nokiaed Nokia yet. Let’s take a look at the specs we knew about already along with the few (but pretty huge) new details that have come along with these high-quality shots (bold):
- 8 GB and 16 GB versions
- Symbian S60 5th Edition OS
- Glass AMOLED touchscreen display
- 8 megapixel camera with 9x digital zoom
- Secondary front-facing camera
- HD video recording
- DLNA and DivX support
- HDMI output
- 3.5mm audio jack
So far Nokia has officially announced two S60 5th Edition handsets, the 5800 XpressMusic and the N97. Only one has reached market thus far of course but we won’t even bother comparing it to the i8910. That leaves the N97 and it’s a very good thing it packs a physical keypad because we can’t see any other reason someone might opt for the N97 over this beast of a handset. Now more than ever, MWC can’t come soon enough. Hit the jump for more pics including a side-by-side with a BlackBerry Storm for size comparison.
If Play.com is to be believed – and often times it is – Nokia’s upcoming flagship N97 looks to be gearing up for a UK release on March 31st. Ringing up at a husky £479.99 (US $707) including shipping, the sexy touchscreen is now available for pre-order on the Play.com site and eager early adopters who can’t be bothered to wait for carrier subsidies will like leap at it quickly. State-side Symbian addicts will be happy to know that Nokia Product Managers have claimed, albeit unofficially, that the US variant will be available shortly after the Euro model. In other words, we should be looking at an early-April release barring delays. Woo hoo – something sexy for Nokia’s CTIA booth to show off. We’ve already shared our thoughts on the N97 so the only thing left to do is ask you: Who’s excited and prepared to break out the plastic come April, and who will definitely be issuing a pass?
Well, 5800 XpressMusic, it was surely fun while it lasted. You excited hoards of fanboys, you were the catalyst of 3 million blog posts containing the hated phrase “iPhone Killer” in the title and you will always be remembered as Nokia’s virgin effort in terms of touchscreen S60 handsets. We just didn’t think we would be forgetting you so soon. Sure, you’re pretty modest when it comes to specs. But you’re a touchscreen S60 device from Nokia! Unfortunately dear 5800, that’s just not enough. You see, rumor has it that the first touchscreen Nseries device might just be coming sooner than we all expected. Sure, Nokia made it well known that it would be releasing a wide variety of touchscreen phones and everyone knew to expect a few Nseries gems. No one expected the first to be announced this year though. We thought we would have plenty of time to play with you and feign attraction while secretly we would just be waiting for the next best thing to come along. Instead, reports from a Nokia event in New Delhi allege that the first S60 5th Edition-powered Nseries may be announced this year with availability coming in early 2009. Sorry 5800, but if this rumor gets some firm confirmation you can expect a resounding pass as we sit back and wait for the younger, sexier S60 5th Edition handset just over the horizon. We better not see you turning tricks in Vegas, 5800. Just hang your head and bow out gracefully.
Nokia fans, don’t start doing your victory dances just yet. Would an October 8th release of Nokia’s highly anticipated 5800 XpressMusic “Tube” make sense? Hardly. The Finnish Internet Company hasn’t yet officially announced the handset and the rumored date is only one month away. Does that mean it definitely won’t happen? No. JAMP cites a “trusted source” in yesterday’s claim that the Tube will become available to the public early next month, at least in the UK. Hmm. Here’s what we know: The 5800 XpressMusic has been delayed, a lot. As such it is definitely possible that Nokia will rush its release by making an announcement and launching the handset within a month. While this isn’t typically its style (look at the N96), Nokia has seemingly made it a point to draw announcements and release dates closer together as we saw with the E71 and E66. The part that puts some doubt in our minds of course, is the fact that it just announced the N85 and N79 which theoretically will become available sometime later this month or early next month. While those two handsets are Nseries devices and the Tube is an XpressMusic device, we would think Nokia would separate it from the pack a bit and put some extra time and effort into the release as it had initially planned to do (Dark Knight, anyone). Then again, you never know. So we’ll see if this rumor gains some more ground over the coming days and weeks but our money is almost definitely on the over.