Nokias announces the 5800 XpressMusic touch display mobile phone

3 October 2008 by
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The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic (a.k.a. 5800 Tube) was announced today. This model is the first from Nokia with a touch display interface. Nokia also announced a new platform for smartphones with the S60 5th edition.

With S60 5th Edition, the user interface is extended by the introduction of touch and with full support for tactile feedback. Enhanced display resolution support and a new Widescreen mode further compliments the touch UI and enables engaging visual experiences. Also, for the first time, the platform includes a framework for the use of advanced sensor technology. This all allows S60 device manufacturers to create innovative new device concepts for a wider range of user segments, while preserving the rich capabilities of the existing software platform. The first S60 5th Edition based device, designed for music lovers, was announced today - the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.

Nokia 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.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

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.

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

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 updates.

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.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

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 headsets.

Key facts

  • Size 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm
  • Weight 109g
  • Display size 640 x 360 pixels
  • Display colours Up to 16 million
  • Standby time up to 406 hours
  • Talk time up to 520 minutes
  • Memory: Up to 81 MB internal with 8GB microSD card in-box. Expandable up to 16 GB
  • Networks: WCDMA 900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

Communication and messaging

  • MMS
  • Email
  • Chat
  • Video Call


  • 3.2 megapixel camera resolution
  • Autofocus
  • Flash (dual LED flash)
  • Video recording with up to 30fps
  • Video camera resolution 640 x 480 pixels

Internet and media

  • Video formats supported: 3gpp, WMV9, MPEG4-SP/AVC
  • OSS xHTML Internet browser
  • Music player supported formats: MP3, AAC, WAV and MIDI
  • FM Radio


  • Bluetooth
  • WLAN
  • GPRS


On 25 Oct 04:58 GammaSharma wrote
I love nokia as well as SonyEricsson. And I love the compition between these two giants (with all due respects to the other companies). Its us, the consumers, who are the real winners. Nokia sud have given this babe a 5MP just to make sure it drives the last nail onto iPod 3.5g.

But I ud go with the xperia because of the reliable Microsoft support as well as the better resolution of 800 x 480 Pixels advantage (I just hope the 16bit aka 65k color can stand up to its 24bit counterparts.)

Wonder why SE had not gone with the 16Million color bandwagon? Maybe its 262k versions (not to mention a perticular 65k 800 x 480 version!) still gives better performance then the nokia's or LG's.

PS: Waiting for the E-Series and N-Series before I make my decision.
On 25 Oct 04:44 GammaSharma wrote
In 2007 Sony Ericsson announced the BRAVIA cellular or mobile phone series. The FOMA SO903iTV model incorporated a super sharp, wide LCD display, Sony BRAVIA RealityMax technology, TV video playback, voice memo and much more. The FOMA SO906i shows off a 3-inch display screen, 3.2 million pixels camera and microSD memory card slot. Besides having the traditional large BRAVIA view screen, this handset also comes with a 16:6 contrast ratio, 16 million colors and a 480 x 864 pixel resolution. With this kind of display, the SO906i can turn into a really nice mini TV.
On 21 Oct 17:06 Sof600 wrote
Its gonna be damn expensive........... start saving money!!!!!!
On 19 Oct 21:50 Kashif4mpk wrote
Go east....
Go west....
Sony ericsson is the besttt....
Every model R diff 4m other (except main menu)
All my luv 2 SE
On 18 Oct 10:17 kingschronz wrote
Damn, dis is a must ve phone, soo smooth so clean. Men, Nokia z suicidal wana make some pocket 2 talk. I cant wait to lay ma handz on d phone of 2mw...
On 18 Oct 04:38 Garofalin wrote
I don't know if it is going to kill iPhone but it definitely looks cool...
On 15 Oct 12:53 desmondambaye wrote
this phone is just what we need
On 14 Oct 20:32 fesu wrote
plz give me aprice for this mobile
On 13 Oct 08:12 Sn3ipen wrote
I am looking forward to this phone. This is absolutely a must have phone for me.
On 10 Oct 03:22 nowIhateSE wrote
I used to be an SE fan but the fact that they started running WinMobile is fact enough that they are going down the shitter. 2 years from now and SE will be a memory. Nokia has decided that they are going to go show Apple what a smartphone really is. The iPhone is more iPod then phone and I can not wait until Nokia releases an N version of this phone or even an E version with the 3.5 mm headphone jack. In its wildest dreams, SE could not produce anything like this.

SlooJohnB: get a clue. The market is heading this way. Nokia is in the biz to make money and provide customers with what they want.
On 9 Oct 13:45 niyiademowo wrote
men, dis is great. i neva new nokia could do such a thing. well we xpet more of it in africa
On 9 Oct 10:02 Mat wrote
RM 300000000
On 8 Oct 21:39 richbrown wrote
i love this phone so much
On 8 Oct 07:33 jayamohan wrote
I like to know which is better Nokia or Samsung Phones. Any one can help me
On 7 Oct 22:44 DraskoDivic wrote
At last! The new era is comming!
Nokia is begining with touch technology and with its quality and support it is the end of others crap like SE and others!

On 7 Oct 19:01 Rob wrote
shows how far nokia has fallen,

the sony ericsson W960, i would say is a better design, touchscreen, and 8GB built instead of having a memory card. What is so special about this phone? its nokia's first touchscreen?

i made the mistake of buying sony ericssons first slider the w850 and wish i hadnt, newer nokia's will come out in what a few months? and be better than this, the rate at which technology is advancing this will be outdated as it already is,(OMNIA, and HTC touch diamond are better than this and comparable)

nokia has fallen too far behind, i just hope they dont charge over £300 for it, a waste of money if aimed at high end users.
On 6 Oct 16:00 73wild wrote
come on u ugly piece of crap!! just coz ur loosing from the brand leader SONY ERICSSON this doesnt mean copying others!! come on nokia is just showing that they r out of designs , cant afford to get new designers!! ugly mobiles all the time same shit always with some little differences !!!! nokia go throw urself from the closest window!! SONY rulzzz
On 6 Oct 14:22 popek wrote

But compared to Samsung Omnia/ HTC Touch Pro or Touch HD it's nothing special, just average.
On 6 Oct 12:15 aamirgul1 wrote
its a BLAAAAAST ,,i mean a MEGA bLAst,.,But 1 thing that if it have upto 5 Mega Pixel Camera so Its Should be a MAHA BLASTTTTTTTT...,.attractive design stabilize my heart beat to have it,.,.,.,Yeszzzzzzzzz
On 5 Oct 20:09 shaks wrote
hey guys can anybody tell me about the price and launch date
On 5 Oct 16:39 Prom1 wrote
SloopJohnB, you have NO idea what you're talking about! A hacking circle to give you MMS on the iPhone 'cause Apple was too stupid to think you needed it. This isn't Nokia's first touchscreen either (7700/7710 debut some 4yrs ago).
- I get a much better camera & video recording with 30fps @ VGA resolution. TV-OUT to enjoy it with, a much more advanced plethora of applications to enjoy - wow you guys just got Fring with a stupid menu; oh yeah you have to keep it open to really enjoy it - trying playing music in the background while running Fring or any other app. Oh I forgot you CAN'T! No multi-processing on the iPhone and Apple promised it and past their window without so much a word to developers. I get so much more for such a cheaper price at retail and the ability to fully customize it beyond themes, fonts of MY choice, or even.
On 5 Oct 10:23 AADI wrote
On 5 Oct 09:07 PurnimashiChanu wrote
Now I can be like The Dark Knight. Hurray for Nokia. Now can I have my Xperia back?
On 4 Oct 09:18 xmen wrote
Xperia X1 is still the best smartphone compared to iPhone or 5800 XpressMusic
On 4 Oct 04:42 SloopJohnB wrote
iPhone wanna be.... but without app store, itunes, iphone OS, multi-touch or the great iphone hacking community. The iphone is not a threat to nokia now, why is nokia releasing this? Nokia is clearly saying that the iphone is a great competitor and apple´s idea is the one to be followed now. It´s like making marketing for your enemy.
On 3 Oct 19:53 asr wrote
Correction: 5800 is Nokia's THIRD (3rd) touchscreen phone (after 7700 & 7710).
On 3 Oct 18:09 TeknoBoi90 wrote
Is a new trend the cartoonized style of the menu???? BTW...... Really good phone, something new from nokia.....
On 3 Oct 14:35 Aivar wrote
Why, oh why? Why is the glossy display still in fashion!?
On 3 Oct 12:26 bob wrote
Amar read the description!!
On 3 Oct 10:14 AmarSidhu wrote
Awesome Phone. I have been waiting for this type of phone from nokia for a long time.
BTW how much is going to be the price of this phone.
On 3 Oct 07:46 izzy wrote

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