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Nokia announces the high fashion 8800/8801 handset
Posted: 08-Apr-2005 [Source: Nokia]

[Nokia describes the fashionable 8800/8801 as "a truly modern mobile phone" with its slim stainless steel housing and exclusive ringtones and alerts composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto.]

Espoo, Finland -- Drawing upon modern watchmaking and jewelry techniques, Nokia has unveiled a truly inspired mobile phone for today's connoisseurs of quality and taste. Encased in a slim stainless steel body, the Nokia 8801 subtly glides open to reveal a number of distinctive details, each meticulously considered and researched to complement the prestige and quality of the device. To heighten the experience, the Nokia 8801 features exclusive audio accompaniment, including all ring tones and alerts, by award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. This attention to detail continues Nokia's heritage of premium mobile phones that have set the industry standard for elegance and performance.

Finding inspiration in non-traditional sources, Nokia designers employed modern watch-making techniques, such as the use of metal injection molding on the function keys. A specially reinforced glass used in luxury timepieces provides added toughness and scratch-resistance to the front display, and even the Nokia marque has been chemically etched on the back plate using a process typically used by watchmakers.

The 'pop-up' mechanism of the Nokia 8801 is another study in functional design. Using a bi-stable spring mechanism and stainless steel ball bearings, like those used in high-performance automobiles, the keypad of the Nokia 8801 gracefully glides from its protective casing, revealing a hidden camera on the back.

The aural accompaniment of the Nokia 8801 is equally inspired. Award-winning composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto was commissioned to compose the ringtones and alerts. Throughout his distinguished career, Sakamoto has crossed musical and technological boundaries, experimenting with different musical styles and making a name for himself in popular, orchestral and film music.

Inspired by its modern lines and organic curves, Sakamoto has produced a musical accompaniment for the Nokia 8801 that captures an essence and emotion that touches both heart and mind. His creation draws on his vision of the Nokia 8801 user is a world citizen constantly on the move, making an impression in a grayscale world and through great cities such as New York, Paris, Sydney and Shanghai.

The Nokia 8801 is expected to begin shipping in select markets during the third quarter of 2005. Today in Melbourne, Australia and Marrakech, Morocco, Nokia introduced the Nokia 8800, a new device that shares the same premium design details and features, but is designed expressly for the Asia/Europe market. The Nokia 8800 is expected to begin shipping in the second quarter of 2005. The Nokia Wireless Stereo Headset, also introduced today, is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2005.

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