Nokia’s 8800 Carbon Arte offering is definitely for the rich and luxurious. The rather stylish designed handset is made of premium materials found high end sports cars and airplanes — like leather, carbon fiber, titanium, stainless steel, and polished glass. And yes, you’ve probably already guessed it, the Nokia 8800 doesn’t come cheap. At 11,000 Euros (approximately $1,600 USD) you must either have money to burn or you must really like carbon fiber. Press release after the jump…
On the good side, for the amount of money your paying Nokia didn’t skimp on the features. The 8800 Carbon Arte is a slider phone that comes souped up with 3G connectivity, 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, OLED display with anti-fingerprint coating, 4GB of memory, Bluetooth 2.0, and a microUSB connector. The 8800 sports a “tap-for-time” feature that allows users to tap the steel surface below the glass screen to display the time. Other features include a turn-to-mute mechanisms to quickly silence incoming calls by turning the phone over and an automatic changing wallpaper. The phone is anticipated to hit the European market in Q3 2008.
Espoo, Finland – Nokia today introduced the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte, a new premium mobile phone that marries the timeless design of the Nokia 8800 Arte range with materials that reflect a new exclusivity based on refinement and authenticity. Engineered from carbon fibre, titanium, polished glass and stainless steel, the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte is for individuals who appreciate uncompromised high performance.
Carbon fibre is an ultra light and strong material that expresses a woven pattern that is both high-tech and sensuous. Custom built to ensure the precision engineering that these materials require, the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte features 3D patterns that express the inherent performance and lustre of carbon fibre.
Inspired by the use of these materials in a range of areas, including architecture, sports cars and aerospace, the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte reflects a modern feel through the unique tones, textures and sculpted shapes that carbon fibre and titanium deliver.
In keeping with the tradition of the Nokia 8800 Arte range, each detail of the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte is carefully considered to enhance the premium value and quality of the device. The minimalistic and seamless surfaces, slide mechanism and impressive weight of the phone all feature throughout the Nokia 8800 Arte line. Also available on the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte are soundtracks and wallpapers created exclusively for the range.
Combining timeless style with superb functionality, the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte offers the unique tap-for-time feature – consumers can tap the steel surface below the display twice and a clock appears on the screen. Background images organically change during the day, giving a unique appearance to the display. The turn-to-mute silencing mechanism allows individuals to silence incoming calls in a discrete manner by turning the phone over, screen-side down.
In addition to the 3G capabilities and 3.2 megapixel auto focus camera and high quality audio, the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte boasts a stunning OLED display and built-in memory that has been expanded from previous offerings in the range to 4 GB. Meanwhile, Nokia’s anti-fingerprint coating reduces smudges on metal and glass and unsightly outer seams are hidden by a unique all-in-one microUSB connector.
Enhancing the experience, the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte is delivered with an exclusive range of accessories. These include a Bluetooth touch-sensitive volume control headset, a stylish desk stand and a beautiful leather carrying case.
The Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte will be available in the 3rd quarter of 2008 with an estimated retail price of EUR 1,100 exclusive of subsidies and taxes.