Nokia’s keen to let all and sundry know that this is a ‘music phone with touch capability’ and isn’t going after the might of the iPhone 3G or HTC Touch Diamond.
That said, it has got some corking features to make Sony Ericsson’s Walkman phones sit up and take notice. As well as Symbian S60 Touch, a 3.2in 640x360 screen, up to 16GB support for your tunes, a neat media bar for accessing music, GPS, snaps and video and HSDPA for getting online.
A contacts bar gives home page access to your four favourite people, their recent texts and web feeds like Facebook at the tap of the screen.
It’s pretty thick at 15.5mm and tips the scales at 109g. You’ll get nine hours talk time after one charge too.
Nokia says it’ll cost about £200 when it launches in the UK early in 2009, while it’ll hit ‘other markets’ before Christmas this year. There’ll also be a Comes With Music version in the first half of next year, but there’s no word on how much that version will cost.
Take a look at our exclusive hands–on video to see the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music in action.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
On sale: 2009