Mark your calendars comrades, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic will be ripe for the picking starting December 5th. Ringing up at an even 15,000 rubles – which is hardly as expensive as it sounds (about $550) – Nokia’s first touchscreen-rocking S60 handset will indeed be ready and waiting to be snatched up for that special someone on your holiday shopping list. We won’t bother going through the specs again as we all know what this little guy is made of. We can only hope that Nokia doesn’t go and give early adopters a quick case of buyer’s remorse by officially announcing the 5800’s big brother shortly after the December 5th release. Bah, you know you’ll still want 5800 bragging rights anyway. So, Russia, get ready for some 3.2-inch 640 × 360 pixel touchscreen S60 love in just over a month. As for the rest of us, we still have a bit of a wait ahead of us.
There you have it – the Tube is no longer just another phone that we’re all waiting for indefinitely. It’s now a phone that we’re waiting for Nokia to outdo. The 5800 XpressMusic is the first in a series of handsets that will feature the latest version of Nokia’s Symbian operating system, S60 5th Edition aka “S60 Touch”. The 5800 is priced just under $400 US, with a slightly more expensive version bundled with Comes with Music due early next year. There are a few minor surprises about the device that came from the announcement event so here’s a spec run through:
- Three versions: Quad-band GSM with 850/1900 WCDMA, Quad-band GSM with 900/2100 WCDMA and Quad-band GSM with no 3G
- WiFi and GPS
- 3.2-inch touchscreen display, 640 x 360 pixels, 16 million colors, tactile feedback
- 1320 mAh battery (!)
- 3.2 megapixel camera with Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, 30 fps video capture
- Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, USB 2.0 (microUSB port)
- Stereo speakers
- Finger and stylus UI control
- New media bar interface, always accessible via a touch-sensitive button above the display
- Proximity sensor to save battery life and avoid inadvertent touches
- 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm, 109 g
- Available in black, red and blue
The 5800 will be available sans-Comes with Music before the end of this year and we really couldn’t be happier to have this behind us. You hear us Nokia? It’s time to get to work on releasing that high-end touchscreen handset we know you’re hiding somewhere. How does 1H 2009 sound?
Oh well! It looks like T3 is the first one to post a brief review of the Nokia Tube. That’s Nokia’s touch screen S60 handset which they are announcing practically now. You know, the one we’ve all known everything there is to know about for something like least a year now? If you absolutely don’t want to check out the press event, you can head on over to T3rizzle to check out their impressions. Nokia apparently wouldn’t let them post any live shots up so they drew a little doodle instead – too funny. Rumor has it there will indeed be a version with US 3G (AT&T) and the unlocked price will be a very affordable $349. Of course this is not a flagship handset by any stretch of the imagination so $350 sounds about right. Maybe Nokia will decide to take the launch site live sometime soon and we can get this over with already.
Last week we told you about a Nokia press event in London on October 2nd that will supposedly announce the Nokia Tube and formally introduce Nokia’s new Comes with Music service. October 2nd has finally arrived and that press event will be streamed live from Nokia’s website starting at 16:30 GMT (12:30 EST). That means you’ve got about two hours to finish up whatever you’re working on and make sure your boss is occupied…
Earlier this week we told you about a Nokia event being held on October 2nd in London. The rumor, in case you somehow missed it, is that Nokia will be using the event to officially unveil the 5800 XpressMusic handset and prep the UK for the impending Comes With Music launch. We’ve also seen what looks to be an official 5800 XpressMusic press photo leaked shortly thereafter. Well Reuters has just jumped on the bus, stating that two of its industry sources have confirmed a Media and Analyst event next Thursday where Nokia will unveil the long-awaited “Tube”. We also have a source of our own who tells us that the October 2nd event will indeed be focused on unveiling the 5800 and Comes With Music, with Liz Schimmel (Head of Global Music), Tero Ojanpera (Head of Communities) and Kai Ostamo (Head of Devices) all in attendance from Nokia. Honestly, at this point we just want to put the Tube behind us. We’ve been waiting for it for well over a year, during which we’ve seen leaks, specs, UI shots, handset shots, etc. Several delays have been all but confirmed and every time Nokia fans think they’re getting close… Nothing. We know, for example, that Nokia already spent a healthy amount of dough to place the handset in a few Dark Knight scenes which was theoretically intended to coincide with an official announcement. Nope, nada. We also know that we’re currently well outside the time line we were given by Nokia back at the Symbian Smartphone Show back in 2007. Still, we wait; and all this for an entry level touchscreen with an all-too-familiar OS.
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.
Ok seriously. If you’re going release some leaked handset shots on the internet and you know they’re going to spread like wildfire, the least you can do is hose that sucker off. Come on guys, it looks like Darryl Jenks got his hands on the Tube and Soul Glo-ed it all up. Whatever the case may be, these pics came from half way around the world so the least we can do is check them out, right? Here it is; Nokia’s upcoming mid-range 5800 XpressMusic aka Tube in all of its greasy glory. There are also some interesting additions to the specs, which currently line up as follows:
- Measurements: 111 × 52 × 14.5 mm, and weighs only 104 grams.
- 16 million color TFT LCD, 640 × 360 pixel resolution, 16:9 display mode
- Haptic feedback
- 3.2 megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics with autofocus
- Dual LED flash
- Built-in GPS
- 140 MB RAM
- GSM / GPRS / EDGE / WCDMA / HSDPA / WLAN / Bluetooth
- 3.5 mm audio jack, TV-out
- BL-5J 1150 mAh battery
All things considered, it could shape up to be a pretty hot little handset. We’re really hoping that those are some pre-release graphics though, especially on the keypad shots. It would be a shame to waste that fantastic 640 × 360 resolution on Windows 3.1-looking buttons. Hit the jump to see what we’re talking about.
Those who have been wondering exactly what the new S60 Touch UI will look like are in for a treat this morning. The first round of screenshots are making their way around the internet and they depict a few different areas of the UI. “Screenshots” is a term we use loosely however. Not to be a buzzkill, but these images weren’t actually captured on a device running the upcoming S60 9.5 OS. Instead, they’re from a beta of an upcoming version of Nokia’s S60 theme-building software Carbide.ui. Either way, they give us a nice taste of things to come. It looks like, well, S60. The addition of some larger touch-friendly menu buttons seems to be common to each screen. Don’t worry about losing valuable real estate though; the 480 x 640 VGA resolution should accommodate the new buttons nicely assuming we see some decent screen sizes from Nokia’s touch devices. The one button that troubles us can be seen in the images after the jump – a screen rotation button. Does this mean that we shouldn’t expect automatic screen rotation on the Tube? Lame. The upcoming 5800 XpressMusic will surely have an accelerometer, why not use it for more than just camera orientation? Hit the jump for two more images.
The origins of the image aboveare somewhat a mystery at this point but it has become a topic of interest none the less. Why, you might ask? It appears to be an advertisement for a German phone shop boasting a wide selection of trendy handsets from what we can tell from our loose translation. Ok, fair enough. The ad does feature the just-announced E71 among the other featured handsets, but that’s not the interesting part either. What’s that in the bottom right corner? The 5800! Nokia’s upcoming “Tube” handset featuring the revised S60 Touch UI is most definitely not yet official but there it is sitting pretty. Several posts are focusing on the fact that it’s labeled with “XpressMusic” as the handset we’ve seen in the past has carried the new XpressMedia moniker. Meh, it’s probably a typo. What interests us is that the image of the device itself looks pretty official and sits among other official press images. Does this mean that Nokia is already circulating official shots to select partners and this shop accidentally let it run a bit early? Oops! We’ve known that this puppy was scheduled for a 2H 2008 release since the middle of last year but embargoed official images could mean that the official announcement could come sooner rather than later.
While the world waited with baited breath to tune in for every last word from the Apple keynote, live shots of three little Nokias crept out into the wild. The timing is very interesting. Perhaps even more interesting is the coincidence that two completely different sets of live N85 photos found their way onto the internet on the same day. Hmmmm. Is Nokia planting a few seeds in an effort to steal some of the limelight? We may never know. Regardless, pictured above from left to right you’ll find the N85, 5800 XpressMedia (which we’ve already seen plenty of) and N79. The N85, which is labeled N00 as all Nseries handsets are in the early prototype phase, is a dual slide a la N95 / N96. Think of it as the N96’s little cousin. Little is known about it at this point but from the images found on the read link we can see a 5 megapixel Zeiss camera with a sliding lens cover and dual LED flash. Odd that the lens cover on the picture of the two N85s together has different text than the picture of the solo N85. Next in line is the 5800 XpressMedia aka Tube. We’ve told you plenty about it already and there’s really no additional info to be learned from the photos. Lastly, the N79 (also marked N00) is a big variation from the design cues we’ve seen coming out of Finland lately. It does bear some resemblance to the N82 though, so perhaps it’s an offspring. Whatever the case may be, the keypad looks pretty smooth and the handset is definitely unique. What do you guys think?
Just a few days before Apple dishes the official skinny on the upcoming 3G iPhone and puts an end to all of the rumors, photoshops and speculations (thankfully), S60 has issued an updated video showcasing the upcoming S60 Touch UI. You’ll recognize plenty of the content from the original clip they released, but tons of additional demo footage has been added and we get to see a whole lot more of the UI. Nice. From a visual standpoint plenty is still vanilla S60 but now that more of the UI is visible we can see several nice additions and refinements. Actually, the updated OS is looking pretty sweet. Of concern however, is the part of the video where the woman opens the browser and accesses YouTube. You can see a close up of the YouTube page as the woman drags her finger downward to scroll down (2:06). No, no, no. This is fine if you’re dragging a scrollbar because the scrollbar will be following your finger while page content moves in the opposite direction. It you’re touching the page content itself however, the screen needs to move with your finger and never against it. If you place a piece of paper on a desk and drag it around with your finger, the paper is not going to move away from your body as you drag your finger towards your body. Counterintuitive.
Developer Morten Hjerde was inspired by the upcoming Nokia Tube 5800 and built an interesting concept for an intuitive music player with some concepts that will surely be utilized in future media interfaces. Dubbed “Flat Music Player”, Hjerde’s design makes use of album artwork and the touch interface to create an experience that adapts so the user’s needs and eliminates antiquated text lists and menus. As he puts it, “The core idea here is to use the content itself as the interface.” As simple as it sounds, this concept goes great lengths towards making the user interface more streamlined and intuitive. So kudos to Hjerde; maybe if Nokia brings him on as a consultant we could see a music player on a Nokia handset some day that doesn’t look like it came from the first wave of MP3 players.