Nokia will unveil its first touch screen phone, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone on October 2, 2008. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone that is expected to take on Apple’s iPhone and the Google Android phone, will have a 3.2″ touch screen.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone will weigh 109 grams. The dimensions of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone will be 111~52×15.5mm.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone will have a Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS 2100, GSM/Edge, HSDPA connectivity, and a Symbian S60 Taco 5 OS.
The display of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone will be a 3.2 640~360px, 16M color touchscreen display.
Other features of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone will include a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash and 30 FPS VGA recording. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone will have 150 MB of user memory and microSDHC memory card 16GB and 8GB memory card in a box.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone will come with a built-in A-GPS and Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0, 3.5 m headphone jack and TV-Out port.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone is likely to run on the S60 interface with also provides support for Haptic. Haptic allows users to feel pseudovibrations when they touch a particular area of the display, giving them real-time tactile feedback.
Like the G1 Android phone, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone will integrate features that make for better net surfing. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is likely to have a full integration of Adobe’s Flash Lite in its web browser, which will enable users to view flash animations and videos.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone is expected to be cheaper than the other touch screen smartphones like the G1 Android phone, or the touch screen smartphones from Samsung and LG, like
the Sprint Samsung Instinct and the Verizon LG Prada, and other HTC models.
With the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Tube phone, Nokia will tap the lower-end of the handset market, where there would be a gap for cheap touch screen phones.
In late 2007, Nokia had said that it would incorporate the touch screen feature in its S60 smartphone, based on the Symbian OS.
Like the Google’s Android platform and Open Handset Alliance – that includes HTC, Intel, Motorola, Google, and Samsung – Nokia created the open source Symbian Foundation. Nokia replaced licensing fees with a royalty-free licence for all the Symbian Foundation members.
Given the popularity of the touch screen smartphones, it would be interesting to see if Nokia can shake off its fuddy-duddy image and grab a pie of the smartphone market.