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SINGAPORE – It’s done! The last layer of the parcel has been removed and it’s a phone! A Nokia 5530 XpressMusic to be precise. You guys all knew something was up when those last layers were revealed.

Taking its cue from the Nokia 5800, this music and entertainment device has a full touch interface and a new home screen and Contacts Bar – all in a sightly smaller and sleeker package. This device not only brings the great media handling that one comes to expect from an XpressMusic phone, but the new Contacts bar brings your people to the forefront.

In addition to being revealed in Pass the Parcel, the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic is on show at the Nokia Connection event in Singapore today. Read on for more detail on this product and the Pass the Parcel winner.

The scoop on the newcomer
I know you all want the skinny on the 5530, but you already know it from the game. Yes, this phone has a large touch screen with tactile feedback (I like to say it touches you back) and no physical keys; a 3.2-megapixel camera and LED flash; Bluetooth, WiFi, and EDGE for all your connection needs; a music player for all the stuff you download from the Nokia Music Store; widescreen video playback at 640×360; hot-swappable MicroSD slot (4GB included); and a standard 3.5mm audio plug for your rocking headsets.

People carousel
It’s all about quick access. There’s the Media Bar drop-down that’s also on the Nokia 5800, for quick access to the music player, browser, and photos. But on the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, you can also define 4 shortcuts for the home screen (say, for Facebook or MySpace quick links). Also, one of the big additions, we think, is the new Contact Bar that lets you have up to 20 contacts, making it easy to quickly call or send a message, review conversation history, or follow the contact’s feed. It’s like a quick dashboard on your 20 most important people. What’s more, add a pic to those contacts and your peeps are front-and-center.

The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic should start shipping in the third quarter of 2009 at around €199, retail, before taxes and subsidies.

Pics down below.

And the winner is…
Let’s not forget the Pass the Parcel game.

The winner,, will be getting a Nokia 5530 XpressMusic before it ships (still with that factory aroma), some small goodies, and also a “date” with the Product Manager to interview for their site. We’re also going to be having some goodies for the other Pass the Parcel participants, which we will announce later. And, like we said before, we have a treat for one lucky person who has been commenting on our Pass the Parcel pages, which we will also announce later.

Thanks all of you who made the Pass the Parcel game fun. Let us know what you thought of it and if we should do similar fun games in the future.

Pics of the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic