Nokia 8600 Luna
Out of the blue came two new phone announcements from Nokia. The first one is the stylish Nokia 8600 Luna, which won’t impress you if you just read the specifications (2 megapixel camera, quad band phone, 10 days standby), but if you check out the slider that is made out of opaque smoked glass and the stainless steel shell you might get impressed instead. I like it. Photos inside.
Full pressrelease from Nokia:
Nokia 8600 Luna: A definitive design statement with a touch of glass
The timeless beauty of glass highlights the latest evolution of Nokia’s most coveted phone series
May 31, 2007, Espoo, Finland – Building upon a tradition of crafting its most unique and prestigious phones from trend-setting materials like chrome, stainless steel and titanium, Nokia today unveiled the Nokia 8600 Luna, which has been precision engineered from the same material that has inspired both artists and craftsmen for centuries- glass.
The melding of nearly opaque smoked glass with unique, soft-touch stainless steel makes the Nokia 8600 Luna as enchanting to behold as it is a joy to touch. Adding to its mysterious allure, a gentle keypad illumination pulsates from beneath the glass case while the phone awaits a call. Combined with the warmth of its glass and stainless steel body, this “heartbeat” transforms the Nokia 8600 Luna from an inanimate object into a trusted companion with an organic, virtually alive form. When a call does beckon, the signature slide movement is carefully balanced to smoothly raise the ergonomic keypad from within its glass cocoon.
“An obsession to every detail marked each step in the development process of the Nokia 8600 Luna. We took painstaking effort to ensure that the experience delivered by every surface – from the smoothness of glass against the face to the warmth of stainless steel in the palm to the superior tactile feedback of the keypad – would surpass any and all expectations,” said Heikki Norta, Senior Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia. “Even the name holds special significance. Much like the Nokia 8600 Luna that we named in her honor, Luna, the goddess of moonlight, was often represented by the Romans as a mysteriously captivating beauty encircled in a soft, yet radiant light.”
The balance of aesthetics and ergonomics found in the design of the Nokia 8600 Luna continues in its well thought out feature set. Nokia’s first use of a single micro-USB port not only allows for a streamlined design free of extraneous indentations, it allows owners to streamline common activities – like charging, audio and data connectivity – into a single connection. Quad-band GSM support also allows owners to easily stay connected while they are on the road, while the large, bright display is perfect for sharing images captured with the 2 megapixel camera.
The Nokia 8600 Luna is expected to be available during the 2nd quarter of 2007 at an estimated retail price of €700 / $940 before taxes and subsidies.
Read more about the phone; nokia8600luna.com