Rumor : Nokia to Use Capacitive Screen on 5800 XpressMusic
According to a newspaper, Nokia is planning to change the resistive screen on the successful Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and use a capacitive screen instead.
Here is the press release:
Nokia plans to replace the resistive touch panel currently used in its 5800 handset with a capacitive touch panel in order to compete effectively with rival models from Apple, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, according to sources at Taiwan handset component suppliers.
Nokia’s initial orders for capacitive touch panels will be enough for the production of two million 5800 handsets, with shipments of the new version to begin in May-June, indicated the sources, who are familiar with Nokia’s roadmap.
Thanks to 5800’s product design and adequate pricing strategy, sales of the 5800 have reached three million units so far since the device was launched in November 2008, the sources revealed.
Following the expected availability of the N97 in the second quarter, Nokia is also expected to roll out more models with capacitive touch panels, including ultra-thin and QWERTY versions, starting the third quarter, said the sources.
I hope that Nokia does really incorporate the capacitive screen into the 5800 and other upcoming phones including the Nokia N97. That would really boost the sales and also make the products more desirable.