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.
According to a new Apple rumor, updated MacBook’s might be showing up this September and feature more than just a faster CPU.
According to Seth Weintraub, author of 9to5Mac, the upcoming MacBook’s will be thinner then current MacBook’s and MacBook Pro’s and feature a more rounded case made of aluminum.
Also interesting is that the trackpad on the new MacBook’s will allegedly feature a glass surface and support multi-touch and gestures, but will not feature a touchscreen as was previously rumored.
UPDATE: A picture was recently leaked (or faked) that looks like it might the new MacBook. Check it out here if you’re interested.
[Via Mac Rumors]
Boy Genius Report managed to get their hands on a product photo of RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry Thunder, the companies first touchscreen phone.
Looks like the device is heading to Verizon and has just four buttons on the face but not much is known for sure. It’s rumored that the Thunder will be a hybrid CDMA/GSM phone that will be able to use both Ultra Mobile Broadband for EVDO networks as well as HSPA.
Google has made a few tweaks to it’s upcoming Android mobile phone operating system and at AllThingsD they showed it off running on what some believed was a prototype of the “Dream” touchscreen phone by HTC.
The Android user interface looks a bit more iPhone-like (which isn’t a bad thing) and features a couple of new things like multiple home screens and an always visible tray/dock that will hold shortcuts to commonly used applications.
To see the updated Android OS in action check out these videos:
The Computex show opens on June 3rd and when it does Asus might have a surprise for us: a tablet version of its high successful Eee PC UMPC.
Asus Australia national retail manger Emmanuele Silanesu told Australia’s Current that the company was “obviously looking at other form factors rather than just a clamshell.”
Specific details were given but Silanesu implied that the new model may not be branded an “Eee PC” because of the new form factor and introduction of a touchscreen.
The release date for the upcoming Samsung Instinct touchscreen phone for Sprint has been announced and will be June 20th.
No pricing has been released yet but it could have a tough time against the 3G iPhone which is expected to be announced on June 9th and ship not long after that.
The Instinct is supposed to be competitor to the iPhone and I’m sure it will be a nice phone and all, but I don’t know how it won’t be buried by 3G iPhone hype/news but we’ll see I guess.
UPDATE: The Instinct is here and officially released on June 20th for $129.99 after a rebate and signing a new two year contract. For more info check out this post.
HTC has announced that they will be boosting shipments of their upcoming Touch Diamond handset by 50%, in anticipation for the likely demand for the product.
Originally planning on shipping 2 million, after the increase that means they are expected to ship roughly 3 million units.
HTC head Peter Chou said that the original Touch handset took 11 months to sell 3 million units but he believes that the Touch Diamond will only take 7 months to sell that same volume.
Look for the Touch Diamond to hit beginning Europe next month and spread to the rest of the world in the second half of this year.
OLPC founder Nick Negroponte today showed off the first prototype of the next generation XO laptop.
The device will resemble a folding e-book reader and have two touch-sensitive screens that will be readable in sunlight.
OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen says that “younger children will be able to use simple keyboards to get going, and older children will be able to switch between keyboards customized for applications as well as for multiple languages.”
The keyboard will be virtual as it is on Apple’s iPhone.
According to Negroponte it will be available in 2010 which sounds a bit ambitious to me if they want to keep the price reasonable for the intended consumers of this device, but maybe they know something we don’t.
According to PC World China, Philips is working on a new cellphone called the “Xenium x800” which apparently will have an “e2e” screen which likely means “edge to edge”.
Very little is known about this handset at the moment, assuming it’s even real.
From the pics that are floating around it should have Wi-Fi and a browser, but that’s pretty standard now and you don’t really need to see a screenshot or read a press release to guess that any phone that wants to be taken seriously now needs to have both of those.
Not much is known about this handset right now so to call it an ‘iPhone killer’ sounds a bit premature. And unlikely. But stay tuned–if I see anything else about this this handset worth looking at I’ll post it.