At a press even today, cell phone giant Nokia officially announced the 5800 XpressMusic, formerly referred to as the ‘Tube’.
The 5800 is a touchscreen phone running the latest version of Nokia’s Symbian operating system, S60 5th Edition (or S60 Touch) and will include:
- Support for Quad-band GSM with 850/1900 WCDMA, Quad-band GSM with 900/2100 and Quad-band GSM with no 3G
- 3.2 inch touchscreen display, 640 x 360 with tactile feedback
- 3.2 megapixel camera with Zeiss optics, able to record video at 30fps
- 1320 mAh battery
- Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
- Stereo speakers
- Proximity sensor
- Available in black, red and blue
Sounds pretty solid but was hoping for a little more.
Look for it to be available later this year for without Nokia’s Comes with Music service for just under $400, then a version that includes Comes with Music will be coming sometime next year.
Check out a few videos of it in action here.
It’s no secret that Nokia has been working on a touchscreen phone for a while now. Even if you haven’t heard about their device code-named “Tube”, you’ve got to figure they’ll need a direct competitor to the iPhone, HTC G1, and several offerings from Samsung and LG.
According to industry sources, Nokia will be officially announcing their the new handset at a media event on October 2nd in London.
With Motorola and Sony Ericsson having some financial trouble as of late, Nokia is looking to stay ahead of the and maybe even get few customers from RIM and Apple with an across the board price cut.
The biggest cuts will be on 5310 and 5610 music phones and the 8GB N8, but most other handsets will be cut by around 10%.
Last Thursday Nokia held a private launch event in New York and Chicago for it’s new US E71 smartphone and today’s the day it becomes available for the rest of us.
Specs of the US E71 include:
- Support for GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, WCDMA 850 / WCDMA 1900
- 2.4 inch 320 x 240 display able to display 16.7 million colors
- S60 operation system, 3rd edition, Feature Pack 1
- 110MB built-in memory
- 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- GPS and A-GPS, along with Nokia Maps 2.0 for turn-by-turn navigation
- 3.2 megapixel camera able to record video
Look for it to sell for around $500.
For more info check out the press release here.
Nokia is hard at work on the 5th edition of their S60 cellphone user interface and while photos of it haven’t been officially released, the image in this post claims to be said UI.
The S60 software will be the UI on many upcoming Nokia handsets, including the Nokia 5800 Tube, a touchscreen phone that is being positioned against Apple’s iPhone 3G.
British cellphone carrier 3 has confirmed that they will be selling the upcoming Nokia N96 handset beginning this September.
Specs of the N96 on 3 are expected to include:
- Support for GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- Support for HSDPA 2100 / 900
- 2.8 inch TFT 240 x 320 display able to display 16 million colors
- 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
- microSD card support (up to 8GB)
- Bluetooth 2.0 support including A2DP
- Symbian OS 9.3, S60 rel. 3.2
- Support for SMS, MMS, Email and Instant Messanging
- 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, flash, able to record video
- Secondary VGA camera for video calls
- Built-on GPS
- TV out connector
- Push to talk
- Voice dial and voice memo
- Built-in hands free
- Up to 3 hours 4 minutes talk time on a charge
When the iPhone 3G launched last week in Canada, it’s price undercut some of the other smartphones being sold by Canadian telecom giant Rogers.
To help keep the Nokia N95 smartphones selling, Rogers has dropped the price of the device from $400 with a 3-year contract down to $199 with a 3-year contract.
Feature wise, the N95 really really offers a lot to users. But, from a usability perspective, the N95 and iPhone are very different so if you’re considering the N95 over the iPhone, really spend some time playing with it and make sure you really could deal with it for everyday use.
Before the first iPhone launched, this was an easier question to answer, but the iPhone is such a revolutionary product that I would have a hard time spending $199+ on any other cellphone.
If you’ve got a Nokia N810 Internet tablet and are anxious to play around with Google Android but holding out for an easy way to get it setup, check out the new Android Installer.
With just a few clicks you’ll have your very own copy of Android running (if all goes well) without first needing to know a bit about Linux.
Once installed you’ll be able to launch Android from within the N810’s Extras menu.
For more info check out the installation instructions here.
Nokia’s Comes With Music program got more support as the third largest music label, Warner Music Group, has signed on joining Universal Music Group International and SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
What is Comes With Music?
Comes With Music is a music download service being built by Nokia that will give people who buy a compatible Nokia device the ability to access an unlimited number of music tracks for 1-year and after that year even if the user doesn’t continue to pay for the service the music they’ve downloaded. Plus, you’ll be able to transfer songs to your PC so you won’t be stuck having to play them on your handset.
The Comes With Music program is expected to launch later this year.
Check out the full press release here if you’re interested.