Nokia Launches Touch Screen Phone

Nokia Corp released details on its new Nokia 5800 touch screen phone. The new smart phone will compete with the iPhone model by Apple Inc.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has 8 GB of memory and is equipped with maps and satellite navigation. The multimedia phone will allow users to download music from the catalogs of Warner Music Group, Sony BMG Music, Universal Music and EMI Group.

The new mobile cell phone has all of the same features as the iPhone, except for the zooming navigation. Users can touch the zoom, but will not be able to zoom out by spreading their fingers on the touch screen.

Other features include built in GPS, 3G connectivity, and Wi-Fi capabilities for Internet. The mobile phone supports a full HTML Web browser and Flash Lite 3. The flash capabilities do set it apart from the iPhone.

The camera phone also features a 3.2 mega pixel camera with flash and tactile feedback.

Nokia needed a touch screen as other companies such as LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics and several smaller handset vendors have recently released their own touch screen phones.