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Nokia Readies Luna Glass-And-Steel Phone

Espoo, Finland – A Nokia phone made of smoked glass and black stainless steel will be available in the U.S. for about $800 sometime this summer through Nokia’s flagship stores and via distributors through independent wireless retailers

The quad-band GSM/EDGE Luna 8600 slider features nearly opaque smoked glass, soft-touch stainless steel, and keypad illumination that pulsates from beneath the glass case when the phone is in standby mode. When a consumer slides the Luna open, the phone’s tactile-feedback keypad emerges from a smoked-glass housing.

“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,” said mobile phones SVP Heikki Norta.

The premium phone will be Nokia’s first phone to use a single micro-USB port that merges charging, audio and data connectivity into a single connection. The phone also features 2.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth, 2-megapixel camera, and playback of music in the MP3 and AAC family of formats.

Two other phones with microUSB port, the 6500 Classic and 6500 Slide, are due in the third quarter, but the two mid-price GSM/W-CDMA phones aren’t targeted to the U.S. market.