Nokia releases the Tube, now the 5800 XpressMusic

Nokia released a new phone at a press unveiling in London, the previously-rumored touch-screen Tube, which it now calls the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone.

Just as the HTC Dream became the G1, the Tube now has a new name, and a whole host of features that will be run off of Nokia's latest Symbian operating system, the S60 5th edition. The phone is the latest entrant into the arena to see which handset can become an IPK--an iPhone Killer. As with many such devices, the 5800 has some features similar to Apple's iPhone 3G, and a few that make it unique.

The phone will come in three different versions: a quad-band GSM with 850/1900 WCDMA, a quad-band GSM with 900/2100 WCDMA and Quad-band GSM with no 3G capabilities. It has both a 3.2-inch touch-screen display and a 3.2 megapixel camera, WiFi, GPS and HSDPA capabilities, stereo speakers, a touch-screen, drop down media bar menu and finger and stylus user interface controls. It has 8GB of memory, available through a microSD slot. A 16GB slot will be available next year.

The phone will retail for about $390 unlocked before taxes and subsidies, and no word has been given on a specific U.S. release date, though Nokia did indicate it would be in the fourth quarter of 2008.

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