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Phone Preview: Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition

September 11, 2006 in Nokia Phone News

Would you pay $1271 for a hot new cell phone? Nokia is sure hoping that you will with the release of the Nokia 8800, sirocco edition. Yes, it’s an improvement from the old 8800/8801 in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t seem like it justifies the “twice the price” price tag. More inside.

Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition

The Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition: quite an expensive phone.

The Nokia 8800 Sirocco Phone at a Glance

Nokia 8800 Sirocco EditionNokia 8800 Sirocco: open view

Operating Frequencies: Triband 900/1800/1900
Form Factor: Candy bar w/ sliding cover
Display: TFT 208×208 resolution, 262k colors supported
Camera: 2 megapixel
Interface: Series 40
Memory: 128MB onboard
Battery: BP-6X (700 mAh), up to 2.75 hours talk time, 10 days standby time
SAR value: 0.36 W/kg on ear, 0.27 W/kg on body (more info on SAR values and cell phone radiation here)
Other Features: Exclusive Sirocco UI, Brian Eno ringtones, Bluetooth 2.0, Java MIDP 2.0, FM radio, loudspeaker, EDGE
Weight: 138 grams / 4.86 ounces
Thickness: 17.5 mm
Casing: Stainless Steel
Colors: Black

Release Date: Q3 2006
Expected Cost: 900 Euros ($1271 USD)
Buy From: Amazon.com

Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition

So Nokia seems to be pushing the uniqueness for this phone, starting with included music files and sounds created by “master synthesist” Brian Eno. Sadly, I have no idea who this guy is, and I can only report that he has not yet broken into the American Pop Music Scene. But anyway, half the reason this phone costs so much is because Mr. Eno created certain music tracks out of instruments of his choosing. So these are sort of “special edition” tracks and sound effects if you’re a Brian Eno fan.

Unfotunately since I am not a Brian Eno fan I will have to look past the music. The 8800 Sirocco Edition is, obviously, really similar to the 8800 and 8801. Except the buttons are a little funkier – where the 5-way keypad used to be is now a large rectangular diamond looking button. I have no idea how this works. The old 8800 had a perfectly normal 4 arrow keys and the center button, and now Nokia has Nokiafied it and turned it into something whack.

The older 8800 featured an SVGA camera, which even at the time of release was already horridly outdated. At least for the $1271 that you pay for the Sirocco Edition, you get a 2 megapixel camera in return. No flash either.

Nokia’s press release also claims extended battery life but there isn’t much information on this. The old 8800 had a pretty crappy 600 mAh battery which was not very impressive, so extended could mean anything.

You also get a free Bluetooth headset with your purchase of Brian Eno’s Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition.

As you can tell, I’m really more about functionality over form. Personally, I’d rather have the massive N93 “supercomputer” phone than the 8800 Sirocco Edition.

The Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition is available now in select markets (the rich ones).

Nokia 8800 Sirocco: closed

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dandan
4/5/2007
8:06 pm

How can you tell the nokia 8800 sirocco is fake ? and its not the real 8800 sirocco…..

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