If you’ve been waiting for a stylish edition from Nokia then here’s a chance to celebrate (even if Christmas is still some time away). The Nokia 8800 Arte and 8800 Sapphire Arte are, however, not just about stylish good looks. Using a combination of high-end metal and glass materials, the two new Nokia mobiles sport the same minimalist yet elegant appearance as its predecessors. Dimensions-wise, the new handsets have a larger footprint than the earlier 8800 and weigh more, but also have the slimmest profiles in the 8800 collections so far. This sensual model also promises a 2.0-inch QVGA OLED display, 3.2-megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom, 1GB of built-in memory, MicroUSB all-in-one-connector, an anti-fingerprint coating on the metal and glass, and a leather pouch with linen-lining to keep things tidy. The Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte adds to the sense of exclusivity by further enhancing its polished steel case with a genuine sapphire gemstone and an accent of soft leather, creating an even richer, sensual feel. And if you are a proud owner of the Nokia 8800 Arte or Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte, then you will be able to enjoy an exclusive video track and soundtrack composed by Kruder & Dorfmeister with visuals by Fritz Fitzke – adding an extra touch of sophistication and individuality to both handsets. You can also make much of an elegantly designed Nokia BH-803 Bluetooth headset with Active Noise Cancellation and touch-sensitive volume adjustment.
Conserve about €1,000 ($ 1,500) for the Arte or €1,150 ($1,700) for the Sapphire Arte. The Arte will reach the shelves in last quarter of this year (right in time for Christmas) while you’ll have to wait up till first quarter of 2008 for the Sapphire Arte.