Updated from Oct. 2It's refreshing to report on a device that's not meant to be an Apple ( AAPL) iPhone killer -- or an iPhone clone. Nokia ( NOK) has announced its first touchscreen handset. It's called the 5800 XpressMusic phone and it is targeted at young users -- not business people. It looks like a terrific device, but not for us. Reuters has confirmed the device will go on sale in India, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia and Spain by year-end but will miss the Christmas shopping season in other markets, including the United States. The 5800 is a small device with a large screen that measures 3.2 inches diagonally (640 by 360 pixels) with up to 16 million colors. It has 81MB of internal memory and comes with an 8GB micro-SD card as standard equipment. A 16GB card from SanDisk ( SNDK) also is available. The 5800 runs on Nokia/Symbian's S60 fifth edition operating system.
We also can't wait to test the phone's on-screen keyboard. The 5800 has a few on-screen keyboard input options, including a mini-QWERTY board and a pull-out stylus for navigating. Don't forget: This phone will be sold and used in countries where a Western-style alphabet isn't the standard. One of the phone's most intriguing optional features is connectivity to Nokia's new Music Store. The 5800 will not only access the service, but it will also be one of the first phones with the optional "Comes with Music" feature. This feature lets customers download all the music they like to the phone for a year. Anything they download that first year is theirs to keep -- whether or not they re-up. That's pretty cool. So how is this phone different from the iPhone and its offshoots? It doesn't try to handle every smartphone function on the planet. It doesn't try to appeal to every cell-phone user. Instead, it is designed primarily for younger users, to whom phone calls, messaging, photos and music and video playback are paramount functions for a touchscreen smartphone. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic will be available worldwide in the next few weeks. It will carry an estimated retail price of 279 EUR (approx. $390 U.S.) before taxes and subsidies. The phone will be available through Nokia in the United States. Prices and possible U.S. carriers such as Sprint ( S), T-Mobile and Verizon ( VZ) have not been announced. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic featuring "Comes with Music" will be available early next year. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic will carry an estimated retail price of 279 euros (approx. $390 U.S.) before taxes and subsidies. Prices and possible U.S. carriers have yet to be announced.