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October 02, 2008

Nokia's Touchscreen 5800 "XpressMusic" Launched

by Clinton Jeff

Earlier today, Nokia finally officially announced the 5800 XpressMusic at an event in London. Formerly known as the Nokia Tube , the 5800 XpressMusic is the first device to use the new Symbian s60 5th Edition (or S60v5) Touch user interface, bringing with it a whole bunch of new features.

The features are typical highend Nokia with it having WiFi, TV-Out with the 3.5mm audio port, built-in GPS with onboard geo-tagging support, quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and dual-band UMTS (900/2100MHz or 850/1900MHz) with HSDPA support. There's also an accelerometer and a proximity sensor. Interestingly though, there is no mention of support for Nokia's N-gage gaming platform.

Camera-wise, there's a 3.2 megapixel autofocus lens with Carl Zeiss optics. Video recording is also present, pleasantly at 30 fps, 640×360 resolution (thats widescreen folks !) .

In box, is an 8GB microSD card, a fold-up desktop stand , a stylus that fits along the edge of the back of the phone , and a guitar pick or ’stylus plectrum’ thats attached to the wrist strap.Not too shabby eh ? It will be available in grey, red or blue colors, the main color of most of the device remaining black.

There are a couple of new features that make their premier appearance on this device. One is Haptic Feedback , where the phone vibrates a little bit when you touch the screen, and the other is the new Media Bar.

The Media Bar, is sort of, the new version of the Multimedia Menus on older N-series devices like the N95, N82 , etc. It is basically a drop-down list of your favorite media, like your favourite pictures, videos or music. You can even have your web links here.

Then there's the Contact Bar. The Contacts Bar sits on your homescreen and allows you to access and view information about your favorite contacts such as text messages, calls or blog updates from that contact.

When it comes to Messaging, there are a couple of text input methods. There is a fullscreen QWERTY keyboard that is said to be available in any application. If that doesnt interest you, theres also an onscreen numeric keypad, if you prefer to use T9. If you wish to stick to the stylus, the phone also supports handwriting recognition. Interestingly though, people are saying that most functions on the 5800 can be done without a stylus !

The 5800 XpressMusic is set to launch in Q4 2008, and is priced at just USD$390 without taxes, which isnt a bad deal at all really.

You can read up on the full specifications of the device on the official Nokia 5800 XpressMusic product page. You can even check out the intro videos for the device on the official Nokia remix event's Ovi Channel.

I have to say, this device has me excited. Cant wait to actually check one out. What are your thoughts about it ? Thinking of picking one up ?

[Via ZomgitsCj]


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i have to say i'm excited also darla. $400 isn't a bad price for all of the features. Hopefully they will have a version that will support 3g in the u.s.


Really good article. I have been following your blog for last 3 months. You have good knowledge
on Mobile(cell phone) Industry and happenings. Please continue the good work. Thank you.

Nikhil Chawla

I think the price is very competitive and Nokia 5800 should sell like hotcakes :)
I had already done a review of it here:

Mark Webster

5800 has winner written all over it, TS is all the rage these days, and it's quite inexpensive for what it is.


That's it - I'm getting one! Touch screen Nokia without the slowness of Windows Mobile and without the limitations of iPhone - superb!!! No good camera - well, I have my N82 around - haven't I ;)


helo? beuatiful i think?....

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i buy nokia 5320 xpress music last month and now the come to know about nokia 5800. tell me when it will available in india and what will be price . i want this phone as soon as possible.
great review

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