Nokia has unveiled its new fashion conscious handset set for the second quarter of 2005. A sleek stainless steel body, metal injection moulded keys and a reinforced screen employed using glass techniques more commonly found in watches than on mobiles, is designed to make sure the 8800 stays looking pristine for as long as possible. However, this does give the phone a little extra weight at 134g with dimensions of 107 x 45 x 17mm and an ultra-cool sliding mechanism.
The functionality seems a little limited for a premium phone; the camera is only capable of 0.5 megapixel but can record video, although there is an FM receiver and supports both MP3 and AAC playback. Unlike the entry level 3230, itself capable of 1.23 megapixel pics, the 8800 has 64MB of fixed memory arguably less efficient than the 3230’s upgradeable/removable 32MB MMC memory.
However the Nokia 8800 has a 208 x 208 pixel display capable of 262k colours and handsfree speaker, WAP 2.0 mîcrobrowser along with exclusive graphics and UIs, which combined with the distinctive design will help ensure the 8800 is a must have accessory, but with a European RRP of 750 EUR, it’s one that won’t come cheap.
Nokia via InfoSyncWorld