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Nokia to Release 5800 Tube on October 8?

Zach Epstein
September 8th, 2008 at 10:10 AM

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.

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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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