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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic iPhone killer now shipping

It's time for another so-called iPhone killer to hit the headlines, following big launches from Google and BlackBerry. Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic smartphone includes iPod-like music functionality and a touchscreen interface. It is expected to go on sale in the UK in the first quarter of 2009, and be pitted against the Apple iPhone 3G. See a wide range of product photos here.

No UK pricing has been announced, although a pre-tax 279-Euro (£230) price has previously been stated by Nokia.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic will be among the first devices to support Comes With Music, Nokia's service that offers a year of unlimited access to the entire Nokia Music Store catalogue.

Nokia has announced that the 5800 XpressMusic is now available in select markets globally - including Russia, Spain, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Finland, among others.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic delivers access to music, video and photos through a one-touch 'Mediabar' drop-down menu. 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 also "surf the entire web," according to Nokia.

The innovative 'Contacts Bar' lets people highlight four favourite 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-inch widescreen display brings photos, video clips and web content to life in vibrant colour and true clarity.

With a 16-x-9 aspect ratio and 30 frames-per-second playback and recording, the device features 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 an online community, such as Share on Flickr or Facebook.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic offers music essentials such as a graphic equalizer, 8GB memory for up to 6,000 tracks, 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 updated Nokia Music PC software allows for easy drag-and-drop transfer of songs and management of any music collection.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic supports 60 languages worldwide and offers a variety of input methods including a virtual alphanumeric keypad, a virtual computer-style QWERTY keyboard, a pen stylus, and even a plectrum.

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