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Nokia 8800

Nokia 8800/8801

08 April 2005
Written by Mike Meers

And Nokia have released another handset! This new handset is named the 8800, and this time the Finn’s have certainly defined their target audience – the consumer who “places a high value in quality and attention to detail.” The 8800 is magnificently crafted with the highest quality materials. The handset is reminiscent of the 8110 handset, which is the only other Nokia to have a slide-down keypad cover. In the 8800 however, things have changed dramatically!

The main body of the handset is very slim, manufactured from stainless steel. Each detail on the handset has been considered and researched by designers to result in a very high quality handset. The sliding mechanism is made from stainless steel bearings and a bi-stable spring mechanism allowing it to glide with the upmost sophistication.

Watch-making techniques were used by the Nokia designers for the keypad; for example metal injection moulding is used on the function keys. The front display was also inspired by watch makers, using a specially reinforced glass for scratch resistance and extra toughness. The 8800 is most certainly something you want to drop though! The Nokia branding on the back of the handset is even chemically etched in, another process used by watch makers.

It’s not just the outside of the 8800 that is state of the art – the audio parts of the 8800 have also been specifically created for this handset. Award winning music composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto was hired to create the ringing tones and alert tones for the handset.

Okay, so enough harping on about the style of the 8800… what about the features? The Press Release direct from Nokia doesn’t tell us much but we do know that the handset features a 262,144 colour LCD! At 208 x 208 pixels, it’s not the largest but will manage just fine. A 3D image engine will surely enhance Java gaming. Graphics and UI themes will certainly be as well thought out as the design of the handset.

The handset is tri-band, with the 8800 working on GSM 900/1800/1900MHz, and an American 8801 version operating on GSM 850/1800/1900MHz. EDGE data support is also included, as well as GPRS.

Only a SVGA camera (0.5 mega pixels) is offered, with still and video recording capabilities. 64mB of internal memory is offered, but nothing when it comes to externally storing your files on memory cards. A music player application will play all your MP3’s, as well as AAC files. An FM radio and Bluetooth also make the features list.

The handset will reach our shores in the 2nd quarter of 2005.

FYI .:. Nokia 8800
(ETA  2nd quarter 2005)

Basic specifications
Network system 8800: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz network (tri-band)
8801: GSM 850/1800/1900MHz network (tri-band)
Form factor Standard with slide-down keypad protector
Size 107 x 45 x 16.5 mm
Weight 134 grams
Display 262,144 colour TFT LCD @ 208 x 208 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion BL-5X battery @ 600 mAh
Talk/usage time* Up to 90 - 180 minutes*
Standby time* Up to 8 days*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options USB Pop-Port™ interface, Bluetooth
Camera support 0.5mpx SVGA camera for still (max. 800x600 pixels) & video recording
Data support GPRS Class 8, EDGE Class 8, CSD
Exchangeable covers No
Internet applications WAP 2.0 xHTML browser
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 64mB shared memory
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, e-mail
Ringing tones AAC, MP3, and 64-chord polyphonic MIDI
Synchronisation with PC Yes, with PC Suite software
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Nokia Series 40
Extras supported
(not listed above)
FM radio
Durable stainless steel covers
Chemically etched Nokia logo
Re-enforced glass screen protector
Handsfree speakerphone

* As per manufacturer’s specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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