Capacitive touchscreen technology in 5800 XpressMusic?

It seems that Nokia is on its way to upgrade some of its high-end mobile phones, including the popular Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, with capacitive touchscreens, a move that would make its devices more competitive against rivals like Apple's iPhone, the new LG Arena or Samsung's i8910 (Omnia HD) handsets.

As many of you might already know, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is currently featuring a resistive touchscreen, which seems to be more fitted for the use of a stylus than that of fingers, as it requires more pressure, and some Taiwanese phone part makers are reported to have stated that the Finnish company ordered a switch to capacitive screens for the device, as well as for some other models too.

According to the same sources, the new phones are expected to come to the market as soon as next month, and 2 million units are planned for shipping in the May – June time frame. Rumor has it that the more advanced Nokia N97 touchscreen phone will also be included among the other devices to receive the upgrade treatment, though, given the fact that the company is reported to have tested it with resistive displays only, that might not happen in the near future.

For what it's worth, the Finnish mobile phone maker is expected to soon release more handsets that would include capacitive touchscreens, and an ultra-thin device, as well as one that will come with a QWERTY keyboard, should be among them.

The phone that will most likely be upgraded with a capacitive touchscreen is the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, which has seen a lot of traction from users since it was launched, with more than 3 million units sold in four months, and which is seen by some as a more affordable alternative to the iPhone. If this turns out to be true, the upgrade will make the device more appealing and sales will certainly grow.

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