Nokia finally unveils 5800 ‘Tube’


Nokia has revealed its full touchscreen device the 5800 XpressMusic, the handset dubbed the the ‘Tube’ in production.

Nokia is pitching the mid-range handset at a young audience with tight budgets. It will see for around €279 (£219) without subsidy.

Nokia claimed the handset has the loudest stereo speakers of any mobile phone on the market, and that its 3.2” screen has the best resolution of any mobile phone.

“With the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, we set out to connect people through the one thing we all feel a universal connection to – music,” said Jo Harlow Nokia vice president.

“As Nokia’s first mass-market device with a touch screen, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic turns a ‘user interface’ into a ‘human interface’ by truly putting people first. 

“For example, we’ve introduced the Nokia Contacts Bar, which is like a digital RSS feed on your life.”

Using the Sseries 60 operating system, Nokia has created four slots for contacts so the user can quickly make calls and send messages to their most important contacts and also provide a feed from updates of social network accounts such as Facebook.

Nokia has also introduced a media bar giving users immediate access to music, video, photos and the web. The handset includes a 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens, a 3.5mm jack and 8GB of external memory.

The handset will be available with or without Nokia’s new music service Comes With Music and will be available in Q1 in the UK before a global launch.