Sunday, October 12, 2008

5800 XpressMusic: S60 5th Edition with Touch Screen

Nokia has just announced its first Touch enabled S60 smartphone. Powered with the new S60 5th Edition platform, the 5800 XpressMusic has a large, touch sensitive 3.2" 640x360 pixel nHD widescreen display, 3.2 Megapixel (2048x1536) Carl Zeiss Tessar camera with dual LED flash and VGA/30 fps video recording, built-in A-GPS and Nokia Maps, support for up to 16 GB microSD cards (8 GB card is included with the device), 3G, HSDPA and WLAN connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR with A2DP and AVRCP, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, microUSB and 3.5 mm AV connectors and is powered with BL-5J 1320 mAh Li-Ion battery.

The touch sensitive screen (single-touch) provides tactile feedback using vibra. Touch the screen or move a slider and you will not only hear and see but also feel its reaction. It works all the time, unless you set a profile to not use it. The tactile feedback vibration works towards the screen, you can feel it as a 'click'. There are three levels of feedback and other simpler feedback mechanisms (like turning the phone over to stop it ringing). The 5800 has a proximity sensor preventing inadvertent touches and saving power.

Text input (ITU keypad with T9) and UI control work both with finger and stylus, at your convencience. You can enter text in four different ways, using finger and stylus: Handwritting Recognition (stylus), Full Screen Qwerty (Landscape orientation, finger or stylus), Virtual Keyboard (Portrait orientation, small Qwerty, stylus) and virual standard keypad (Portrait orientation, stylus or finger).

The new user interface provides serveral new home screen features making access to the most frequently used functions easier and quicker. Contacts Bar lets you put four favourite contacts on your home screen, and access them with a single-touch, track message histories, blog updates, photos and more. Media Bar, with Flash support, provides rapid access to favourite media like surfing the web and using online sharing services. The 5800 has three buttons located below the screen: End key, S60 Menu key and the Send key. Plus there's a Media bar key on the top providing access to Music, Gallery, Games, Video Center and Internet Browser.

This phone is of course mainly about music. The updated Nokia Music Player allows drag-and-drop transfer of tracks and playlist management. And the device is packed with all the music essentials - a high-quality player with graphic equaliser, in-box memory for up to 6000 tracks, standard headphone jack, powerful built-in surround sound and up to a-day-and-a-half of music play time.

The 5800 XpressMusic weighs 109 g and measures 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm. Its 1320 mAh battery provides 35 hours of music playback and up to 9 hours of talk time. Box contents include Nokia Music Headset, Portable Stand, Video-Out cable, stylus, carrying case and 8 GB memory card. The 5800 will be available in Q4 2008 in silver-black, red and blue colours.

Stay tuned for detailed review of the 5800 and its new S60 5th Edition as soon as we get a test unit.

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