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Preview: Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte

Nokia loves churning out new 8800 series models by the truckload. Last time, it was the 8800 Sapphire Arte. That one sported a genuine sapphire gem and retailed for about $1600 bucks. And now, in an attempt to match the success of the Sapphire, we turn to the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte.

First, the price: 1100 Euro, $1623 USD. And I thought that Nokia would try to break the bank on this one with a price over the 2G mark. Either way, the Carbon Arte is made up of carbon fiber, stainless steel, titanium, and polished glass for that futuristic spaceship look.

Like the previous Sapphire Arte, the Carbon arte comes with what Nokia calls “tap-for-time” – touching the steel surface below the display twice brings up the clock on the screen. Cool? Sure. Useful? Hell no. And then there’s the “turn-to-mute” feature, which allows the user to flip the phone over to silence incoming calls.

A 3.2 megapixel camera, OLED display, 3G rounds out the list of technical specs on this handset. Nokia reports that internal memory is now 4 whole gigabytes of storage, and it doesn’t seem like expandable memory will be on the horizon anytime soon.

Your $1600 will be well spent, however – if you include the “free stuff” that comes shipped with the phone. This of course means exclusive wallpapers and soundtracks, a touch-sensitive Bluetooth headset, a desk stand, and a leather carrying case. Nokia sure knows how to take care of its phone owners.

Not that it’s a surprise to anyone, but the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte is expected to ship in the third quarter of 2008. Which….should be about now.

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David Price
12/16/2008
5:34 pm

Guys, I was so excited about the Nokia Arte when it hit the UK in May 08, purchased it from carphonewarehouse for £700.

Not to be harsh but apart from the fact that it has an inbuilt 2gb memory and the fact that it is partially made out of glass it is over rated. The backing of the slider came off within the first 5 months and started to crash.

Hopefully the carbon is an improvement

hassan
11/11/2008
5:19 am

have much is it for

Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte
8/25/2008
5:50 am

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