Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition Unveiled

Nokia has released a new version of its very popular 5800 smartphone, one which now comes with new navigation-oriented features and aptly takes on the name of Navigation Edition.

The original 5800 Xpressmusic handset also had integrated GPS but the NE model goes beyond this and offers lifetime licenses for voice-guided Drive and Walk navigation covering the user's regions.

The NE also sports a silvery black colour screen, a classy combination compared to the usual reddish black one that usually adorns the 5800 Xpressmusic. Nokia has also chucked in a car charger and a car kit as well as OVI maps, Lonely Planet, Michelin and Wcities apps.

Ovi Maps include an array of "high-resolution aerial images, weather service, terrain maps, and 3D landmarks for more than 200 cities". The Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition will cost around £249 and should come within the next few weeks.

The rest of the phone's configuration are pretty standard; a 3-2-inch resistive touchscreen display (capable of showing 640x360 pixels), up to 16GB onboard storage, a 3.2-megapixel camera plus stereo speakers and HSDPA connectivity.

Our Comments

Could Nokia be looking to "verticalise" its popular 5800 device as it looks for niche? After the 5800 Xpressmusic and the Navigation Edition, maybe we shall get both a gaming edition and/or a photographic edition complete with the appropriate applications.

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