New stylish Nokia 8800s

Nokia reveals the Nokia 800 Arte and the 8800 Sapphire Arte.

Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte
Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte Nokia

Nokia released two new 8800 models today, both of which put the previous silver Nokia 8800 to shame. The 8800 Arte and the 8800 Sapphire Arte feature metal and glass bodies based on the Nokia 8600 Luna's slider design while adding unique design touches of their own. The 8800 Arte sports a simple black finish while the 8800 Sapphire Arte features a sapphire gem stone and a soft leather finish on the bottom half of its front face.

Features are also improved over the original 8800. Included are a 16 million color display, 3G support, 1GB of integrated memory, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and, to keep away those pesky finger smudges, the handsets feature an antifingerprint coating on the metal and glass surfaces. Still another innovative offering is a "turn-to-mute" feature, which allows you to quiet the phone's ringer by turning it screen-side down.

Nokia 8800 Arte Nokia

But all that flash will cost you some cash. The 8800 Arte is 1,000 euros ($1,462) and the 8800 Sapphire Arte is 1,100 euros ($1,682). That's a lot to pay for a cell phone but you do get a leather pouch, a desktop stand, and a Nokia BH-803 Bluetooth headset.

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