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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic finally announced

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?

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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