The recently announced Nokia 5330 XpressMusic handset may be hitting the shelves of your local T-Mobile store in the near future. A leaked mock up of the 5330 XpressMusic reportedly depicts the slider with a fresh coat of light neon blue paint and a T-Mobile USA logo. Rumor suggests that the handset is slated for a summer launch and its radio will indeed sport the always-elusive 1700 MHz 3G band T-Mobile customers are always praying for. Good news for T-Mobilers as the 5330 XpressMusic would be a nice upgrade to the current Nokia 5130 XpressMusic.
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 .
Nokia’s trio of new music phones were leaked only slightly ahead of schedule this time around, but that won’t stop live images from making their way around the internet without the Finnish company’s blessing. Just as with last night’s leak, another Dutch site is behind today’s live cameos and it has some great crisp shots of the handsets in action – no tiny blurrycam pics here. Surprisingly perhaps, Nokia’s new handsets look even better in real life than in the company’s mockups. No, we’re still not overly interested in any of them but they’ll certainly find happy homes somewhere, no doubt. Hit the jump for another shot of the 5730 XpressMusic pictured above, along with shots of the 5330 XpressMusic and the 5030.
Oops. It looks like the three music-centric handsets Nokia had in store for the world at an event tomorrow are slipping free a bit early. Seemingly taking a cue from RIM’s naming conventions for BlackBerry devices, these three brothers will do their best to confuse you. First up we have the entry-level 5030 XpressMusic, a candy bar with a crazy speaker on the back, an integrated FM transmitter and no camera. The battery is said to last for 24 hours of music playback and will hit the streets next quarter for a remarkably affordable €40 ($51). Next up is the 5330 XpressMusic, a stylish slider that also features 24 hours of music playback on a single charge. It sports some kind of lighting effects, a 3.5mm audio jack and dedicated multimedia keys. The 5330 will drop some time in Q3 for €160 ($203). Last up, the QWERTY sliding 5730 XpressMusic pictured above. This guy features a 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, integrated GPS and special Ovi integration on the home screen. Like the 5030, the 5730 will be released some time in Q2 and it’ll run you €280 ($366). Hit the jump for shots of the 5330 followed by the 5030.
After one of the rockiest launches Nokia has ever seen, it looks like the 5800 XpressMusic NAM is almost set to put this whole mess behind it. Sheesh. For those who missed, here’s a quick timeline: Nokia was ready to begin selling the handsets a day early on the 25th. Nokia’s inventory system however, was not ready. Finally, late in the evening on the 26th, the 5800 got the green light. Then we found out the speakers would probably die somewhere down the line, and 3G wouldn’t connect in some regions which caused many to return their purchases. As a result, Nokia pulled the 5800 from shelves. Did you get all that? Luckily for Nokia it looks as though the connectivity issue was software-related and a new firmware updates renders the 5800 3G-friendly once again. We don’t have exact timing but we expect Nokia to resume sales very soon — as for whether or not the speakers will go kaput in the next few months and start this mess all over again, that remains to be seen.
We’ve got a lot of tips on this over the course of the morning but wanted to double check them to be safe. In short, we’re told that many, many new Nokia 5800 NAM owners are returning their units to the Flapship points of purchase, due to an issue with the handset not properly connecting to the internet. Now, our unit got 3G/3.5G signal fine in NYC over AT&T’s network, but we’re told many other units don’t pick up signal at all in a lot of locations. Literally another Nokia next to it will have 5 bars and the 5800 won’t have any. And yes, they’ve all confirmed they have NAM units and the boxes say “850MHz/1900MHz UMTS”. I’d turn my unit on again to check this out but it’s honestly not worth it. Stay in the box, 5800. You’re at peace.
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According to mobile maniac Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-Review, Nokia is in for a world of hurt as more than one million 5800 XpressMusic handsets currently in the hands of users may be defective. Ouch. Long story short: Muratzin bought 10 5800XMs a while back and the speakers died within a few months — on all of them! He began to investigate the matter and, in the process, got Nokia Eurasia’s head of PR to fess up to the issue. Apparently Nokia’s original speaker supplier turned out to be a dud. Nokia switched as soon as it could but 5800XM handsets made before February likely have the defective speakers in them. So in other words, the 5800 NAM is finally here but you might want to think twice before purchasing one until Nokia Europe and Nokia US have an official statement on this, which will hopefully be ASAP. If you already have a 5800, your local Nokia customer care line should be able to tell you if your handset is affected based on your IMEI. Hit the jump for the purported statement from Vitoria Eremena, head of Nokia PR for Eurasia courtesy of Mobile-Review.
Remember that whole Nokia flagship POS issue? Well, it looks like they’ve finally cleared that up. Ever since around 7PM ET they started selling the Nokia 5800 NAM edition handsets. What, you didn’t expect us to bum rush the store and purchase one already? We’ve taken some pictures of the phone for you, and here’s some quick impressions on what we think of it:
UPDATE: Added a short video after the break!
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?
Close your eyes if you will, and imagine the awesome piece of kit that might have taken the 8 megapixel skater shot we showed you yesterday. Sleek, sexy, smooth lines. A big, bright VGA display perhaps – maybe even S60 5th Edition and a touchscreen. Gobs of internal memory with microSDHC support as well, and even blazing-fast 3.5G and Wi-Fi to send those giant image files anywhere they might need to go. How about a QWERTY keyboard hidden beneath a slide? Sure, let your mind run wild. Now open your eyes and behold the… Oh wait, never mind. This isn’t the handset Nokia fans around the world are waiting for. It’s just an entry-level candybar with a tiny screen and a 3.2 megapixel camera. At only 12 mm thick, the 5630 XpressMusic is sure to — Oh whatever. It was officially announced this past week and we’re hoping it’s stuffed into a corner at Nokia’s MWC booth this week to make room for some much, much more exciting announcements such as the unveiling of whatever snapped that picture on Friday. Please.
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.