10/8/2008 12:43:00 PM
Nokia and RIM get first touch-screen phones in time for Christmas
Nokia and BlackBerry are both releasing their first touch-screen phones in time for Christmas.
Last week Nokia launched the 5800 XpressMusic device (pictured) which is preloaded with its Comes With Music service available next year. Meawhile, images of the BlackBerry Storm were leaked by exclusive carrier Vodafone which revealed the device by offering it as a competition prize on its website.
The launches will see Nokia and BlackBerry move out of their comfort zones; both have had success with QWERTY and conventional numeric keypad devices, but have shied away from touch-screen phones until now.
The manufacturers have been forced to compete in the touch-screen arena after the success of devices such as the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Omnia.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic comes with an impressive spec list; it runs on the Symbian S60 operating system and has a 3.2-inch touch-screen, 8GB of built-in memory and a 3.5mm jack so consumers can use standard headphones.
The 5800 will be on sale later this month with an RRP of £220 before tax and subsidies. However, the Comes With Music service won’t be available until it launches in the New Year.
The BlackBerry Storm’s specs are currently unknown, but Vodafone will announce details next week. It is not known exactly when the device will be available, but the fact that Vodafone is already pushing it suggests it will hit stores in time for the Christmas market.
RIM has so far remained tight-lipped about the device, as it is still to be officially announced.