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Incoming: Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition

This isn't exactly a new phone, but it could be the first touchscreen phone we've seen catering to the navigation segment.

OK, so this isn't exactly a new phone, but it could be the first touchscreen phone we've seen catering to the navigation segment.

Why hasn't someone else done this before? (Credit: Nokia)

Nokia recently announced the re-release of its popular 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen handset, but plan to replace the Comes With Music subscription offer with a lifetime voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation licence to its Nokia Maps software. Sweetening the deal, Nokia will also include a car mounting kit and an in-car charger in the retail package.

Nokia released its third official version of the Nokia Maps software in June this year, updating the service to include a five-day weather forecast plus a number of stability and performance enhancements. Ordinarily, a subscription to Nokia Maps costs AU$123.99 for a 12-month Walk and Drive licence in Australia and New Zealand only. Access to a similar licence for all world maps costs AU$226.99 per year.

This answers a question we've been asking for a while now, and we're still not sure why it took the big manufacturers this long to combine the popularity of touchscreen phones and navigation devices into one handset. A Nokia with a dedicated navigation licence and accessories should give the iPhone's TomTom app a run for its money. Either way it's a far sight better than Nokia's last navigation phone, the 6210.

Information we have so far place the 5800 Navigation Edition in the fourth quarter of 2009, though there's been no official word from Nokia yet as to local pricing or release dates.