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.
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?