Nokia Ships Its Touchscreen iPhone Competitor, the 5800

After months of speculations, Nokia has finally released its answer to Apple's iPhone, the Nokia 5800, its first mainstream touchscreen smartphone, in a number of selected markets worldwide.

The 5800, which runs on the S60 platform, will cost 279 Euros (around £235) before any subsidies are applied; this is cheaper than the iPhone or other similar touchscreen devices.

In comparison, Nokia's own 16GB N96 cost a whopping £460, nearly twice the price although this one is available now and the 5800 will ship only in Q1 2009 (although you can pre-order it at Expansys)

Expect the 5800 to be available on contracts around £30, putting it in direct competition with the likes of the HTC G1 Android phone, which has recently, handed a deep price cut from T-Mobile UK.

The phone, which is part of the XpressMusic family, will come with 8GB memory, capable of storing 6000 tracks, four different ways of entering information (keypad, keyboard, stylus and plectrum) and, most importantly, will have a 3.5mm jack.

But arguably, the most talk-about feature will be the 3.2-inch 16:9 touchscreen. The 5800 also comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera that can record VGA quality videos - something that the iPhone has yet to achieve.

And don't forget the Nokia Comes With Music Scheme which this phone supports and will allow you to get one whole year worth of music for free.

Jo Harlow, vice president at Nokia said "When it comes to music phones, people all over the world want a device that is a great music experience and still works really well as a mobile phone, without sacrificing features"

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