When it comes to touchscreen mobile phones few companies are as far behind as Motorola Nokia and while I can't say I'm overly excited by the N97 or 5800 XpressMusic ('Tube') at least they represent an eventual step in the right direction.
Consequently, Nokia has now firmed up the release date for its latter of these two as 23 January and will be opening the doors of its new flagship Regent Street store (sound familiar to anyone?) early at 8am to make way for the rush.
Personally my brief time with the 5800 suggests it's pretty mediocre and a rush wouldn't be highly advised (capacitive touchscreen, anyone? In 2009?) but Nokia will be throwing some 'exclusive' content at the first 200 customers. This includes some Futureshorts films and bundling Guitar Rock Tour, Sports Tracker, Touch Guitar, Touch Piano apps while the first 100 customers also get tickets to the Benicassim music festival in Spain.
All the major networks will be subsidising the 5800 while the midrange handset (specs here) carries a reasonable £249 sim-free price tag. It's a cheap price for an unremarkable phone (ha, I think I just came up with a marketing slogan!).
In related news Russian site Mobile-Review has managed to grab snaps of the first Qwerty XpressMusic handset. The '5730' is essentially a 5320 with a physical keyboard strapped on but for the record will have a 2in QVGA screen, EDGE, the bonus of GPS, Bluetooth (type undefined), backlit keys and a microSD expansion slot. A sim-free 220 euro RRP seems fairly wallet friendly too though we await a release date.
Considering the diminutive native of the 5320, could this be a contender for thinnest and lightest Qwerty handset yet? Looks like it...
5730 via Mobile-Review (translated)