Nokia unveils two new 3G phones


The handsets feature a metal and glass body covered by a special coating that prevents smudges. The Sapphire Arte also comes with an embedded sapphire gemstone and leather finish.

Both the Arte and the Sapphire Arte include 3.2 megapixel cameras, 1 GB internal memory and two-inch screen. Nokia has also added a sensor that mutes incoming calls when either handset is placed display-side down.

Another new function allows users to access an analogue display by tapping twice on the steel surface below the screen.

But the stylish designs come with a high price as the Nokia 8800 Arte is expected to cost 1000 euros and the Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte will be priced at approximately 1150 euros.

Nokia senior vice president of mobile phones Heikki Norta said: “The high-end materials and seamless surfaces are pleasing to touch while the sophisticated, minimalistic design is equally satisfying to the eyes.

“An obsessive attention to detail means that the Nokia 8800 Arte and Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte are engineered to last."

The Nokia 8800 Arte will be in stores before Christmas but the Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte won’t be available until early 2008.