Nokia today introduced the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, a compact XpressMusic device that uses a touch interface for accessing people and content on the homescreen. The ‘scrolling’ Contacts Bar provides direct access to 20 people and their latest conversations and media updates. The homescreen also features one touch shortcuts to social networks like the Facebook and MySpace.
Nokia has announced that it has start selling the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in select markets globally, including Russia, Spain, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Finland, among others. Aiming to put music into the hands of millions, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic offers all the music essentials including a graphic equalizer, 8GB memory for up to 6000 tracks, support for all main digital music formats, and a 3.5mm jack.
Fresh out from FCC lab, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has just been approved by FCC. The first Nokia S60 5th edition touch screen phone will be available worldwide beginning in the fourth quarter of 2008 for an estimated retail price of 279 EUR before taxes and subsidies. According to Reuters early this month, Nokia 5800 will be sold in India, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia and Spain by end of this year. The rest of the market will most likely not getting the phone until 2009.
On par with the Nokia 5800 XpressMedia rumor last week, Reuters reported that Nokia will be announcing their first full touch screen phone next week on October 2nd. Known as Nokia Tube project, a video showing its touch screen UI was posted on YouTube in June this year. The press event will be held in London.
While the rumor October 2nd launch date is coming, mobil.idnes.cz has got a fresh Nokia 5800 XpressMedia in red. According to the source, it again confirm that Nokia will be announcing the full touch screen phone on October 2nd in London and will be available in by early next year or by the end of this year.
It is not a secret any more that Nokia is preparing to launch their first S60 Touch UI, also called Nokia Tube, with a series of mobile devices for mid to high end users. The first mobile phone you would see is the Nokia 5800 XpressMedia, featuring a wide screen with 16:9 ratio and support GSM Quadband network, built in bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and HSDPA/UTMS. Here is another set of the leaked photos, showing the web browser UI for the first time.