It looks like Nokia is trying to go head-to-head with iPhone and the T-Mobile G1 by unveiling the 5800 XpressMusic with touchscreen ability and music-oriented features.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic will have 8 GB of memory for up to 6000 tracks and support for all major digital music formats, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a graphic equalizer, and built-in surround sound stereo speakers. The 3.2″ widescreen display allows for a 16 by 9 aspect ratio and 30 frames-per-second playback and recording, ideal for VGA quality video. A 3.2 megapixel camera is also built in to the phone and is able to send photos to sharing sites such as Share on Ovi, Flickr, or Facebook with a single touch.
Through the touch screen technology, users will be able to quickly access the “Media Bar,” a drop down menu that provides direct access to music and entertainment, including favorite tracks, videos, and photos. The Media Bar also allows direct access to the internet and file sharing. Flash is also supported for full web browsing.
“With the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, we set out to connect people through the one thing we all feel a universal connection to – music,” said Jo Harlow, Vice President, Nokia. “The way in which people enjoy music is different around the world. With that in mind, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic gives people the freedom to experience music they love in the way they prefer.”
The phone will most likely be available worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2008 for an estimated retail price of 279 EUR or $385.