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Nokia adds luxury with 8800 Arte and 8800 Sapphire Arte

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If you’re looking for a bit of mobile oneupmanship, and you’re prepared to splash the cash n something exclusive, you may be interested in Nokia’s two new luxury models in its 8800 series – the Nokia 8800 Arte and Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte.

Both models are high-end, stylish handsets, using minimalist designs and made with high quality materials including steel and glass casings – and, in the case of the 8800 Sapphire Arte, a sapphire gem stone plus leather trim too.

The latest additions to Nokia’s 8800 series upgrade the luxury range by adding 3G functionality, 3.2-megapixel cameras, and 1GB of internal memory. Nokia has introduced new touch- and movement-sensitive functionality too – users can call up an analogue clock onscreen by tapping the steel surface under the display, and mute an incoming call by simply turning the phone over with the screen side down.

The new 8800 pair are slide action handsets, with Nokia’s state-of-the-art ball bearings and spring mechanism no doubt ensuring a reassuringly smooth ride. As well as their luxury seamless finish and elegant looks, Nokia has added specially composed ringtones and sounds by high-end producers Kruder & Dorfmeister and a video track with visuals by Fritz Fitzke.

Anyone looking for a bit of mobile exclusivity can pick up the Nokia 8800 Arte before the end of this year, priced at around €1000 (£680) SIM-free without tax, or wait until the first quarter of 2008 for the Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte – a snip at €1150 (£780).

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