After months of leakage and rumor, Nokia finally took the veil off their 5800 Xpressmusic phone today.  Included with the purchase – just one of two versions actually – of the device is a 1 year unlimited subscription, called ‘Comes with Music’, to Nokia’s MP3 store.  Users can download as many songs as they’d like and continue to listen to their acquired tunes after the 12 month period has transpired.  On top of the 3.2-inch touchscreen lust is 8GB of on board flash storage, stereo speakers, a 3.5mm jack and 3.2MP camera.  Included PC software should make for easy music management thanks to their drag and drop design.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone will be available worldwide this quarter and cost 279 euros ($385) before discounts.  Expect the 5800 with “Comes with Music” to hit sometime early next year.

Full release and pics after the ‘leap’

Nokia Amps Up Music Offering With New Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Innovative ‘Media Bar’ and ‘Contacts Bar’ Add Human Touch to Music

LONDON and SINGAPORE – Nokia Remix, October 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –
Nokia (NYSE: NOK) turned up the volume on its music offering today by
unveiling the new Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, a mobile device for music that
brings innovative new features to the mass market. Delivering on Nokia’s
vision to provide the best total music experience possible, the Nokia 5800
XpressMusic will be among the first devices to support Comes With Music,
Nokia’s groundbreaking service which offers one year of unlimited access to
the entire Nokia Music Store catalogue.

When it comes to music phones, people all over the world want a device
that is a great music experience – with more memory, loud and powerful
speakers, easy synchronization – and must still work well as a mobile phone
with direct access to important contacts and content. The Nokia 5800
XpressMusic delivers on all counts and allows consumers to access and share

“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, Vice President, Nokia. “The way in which people enjoy music is
different around the world. With that in mind, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
gives people the freedom to experience music they love in the way they

Media Bar, Contacts Bar – putting people first

Taking advantage of touch screen technology, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
introduces the ‘Media Bar’, a handy drop down menu that provides direct
access to music and entertainment, including favourite tracks, videos and
photos. The Media Bar also offers a direct link to the web and to online
sharing. Because the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic supports Flash content,
individuals can surf the entire web, not just pieces of it. In addition,
the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic offers all the music essentials, including a
graphic equalizer, 8GB memory for up to 6000 tracks and support for all
main digital music formats, and a 3.5mm jack. Built-in surround sound
stereo speakers offer the industry’s most powerful sound.

Ensuring a seamless music experience, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic also
provides easy access to browse and purchase tracks from the Nokia Music
Store, where applicable, while the newly updated Nokia Music PC software
allows for easy drag-and-drop transfer of songs and management of any music

The innovative ‘Contacts Bar’ lets consumers highlight four favorite
contacts on their home-screen and, through a single touch, track a digital
history of recent text messages, emails, phone logs, photos and blog

“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,” said Harlow. “By adding the
benefits of touch screen technology to S60, the world’s leading smartphone
interface, Nokia is taking the familiar and giving it a human touch. We
have used touch technology where it really adds value such as the Contacts
Bar, Media Bar and clever shortcuts from the homescreen to menu items such
as calendar, profiles and clock.”

For the best screen resolution available on a mobile phone, the 3.2″
widescreen display brings photos, video clips and web content to life in
vibrant color and true clarity. With a 16 by 9 aspect ratio and 30
frames-per-second playback and recording, the device is ideal for VGA
quality video recording and playback.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic also features a 3.2 megapixel camera with
Carl Zeiss lens and, with a single touch, images or videos can be shared
via a favorite online community, such as Share on Ovi, Flickr, or Facebook.
Music playlist song titles can also be shared through Bluetooth, MMS or
online sharing.

Music for the masses

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic supports 60 languages worldwide, which
covers nearly 90 percent of the world’s population. As people around the
world use their phones in different ways, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic offers
a variety of input methods including a virtual alphanumeric keypad, a
virtual computer-style QWERTY keyboard, a pen stylus — and for true music
enthusiasts, a plectrum — are all available.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic will be available worldwide beginning in the
fourth quarter of 2008 for an estimated retail price of 279 EUR before
taxes and subsidies. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic featuring Comes With Music
will be available early next year. Pricing details to follow.

Enhancing the experience, Nokia today unveiled four new music
accessories including a new Bluetooth headset and three new stereo

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."