Although Nokia said that its new 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen phone would be available “worldwide” by the year’s end, it seems that most of the mature mobile markets won’t be getting the handset in time for Christmas.
The latest details revealed by Reuters are to bring sadness in the hearts of many Nokia fans who have been patiently waiting for the Finns’ first touchscreen smartphone.
Apparently, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic will go on sale by the end of 2008 only in the following markets: India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the UAE, Spain and Russia.
No UK, North America or China. These markets will only be getting the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in 2009, at the same time with most of the other countries that aren’t included in the above list.
As a short recap, here are the main specs of Nokia 5800 XpressMusic:
3.2-inch TFT touchscreen with 16 mil. colors and 360 x 640 pixels
Quad-band GSM, dual-band HSDPA connectivity
GPS & A-GPS
Wi-Fi, full Web browser
3.5mm audio jack
MP3 / WAV / WMA / eAAC+ player, MPEG4 / WMV/ 3GP player
3.15 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, flash, autofocus and VGA video recording
81MB of internal memory + 8GB on a MicroSDHC card
The retail price of 5800 XpressMusic will be of €279 ($384), subsidies and taxes aside.
According to industry analysts, Nokia plans to sell about 10 million touchscreen handsets in 2009, but my guess is that this number won’t be reached with the 5800 XpressMusic only.
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