The 8600 Luna was a premium phone that Nokia declared built on its “tradition of crafting its most unique and prestigious phones from trend-setting materials like chrome, stainless steel and titanium.” In the case of the 8600 Luna, Nokia chose to use “precision engineering” to deliver a phone with glass elements which it described as a material that had “inspired both artists and craftsmen for centuries”.
The phone featured “nearly opaque” smoked glass combined with stainless steel that Nokia believed made the Nokia 8600 Luna “as enchanting to behold as it is a joy to touch”. The keyboard could be seen behind the translucent cover when the phone was closed which enables some intriguing effects when the keyboard lit up. One of these effects was described by Nokia as delivering “a gentle keypad illumination that pulsates from beneath the glass case”.
The phone was named after Luna, the goddess of moonlight. This was a nod to the lighting effects used on the device. Nokia stated that the goddess Luna “was often represented by the Romans as a mysteriously captivating beauty encircled in a soft, yet radiant light."
A notable technical aspect of the phone was that the 8600 was the first Nokia phone to use a micro-USB port allowing charging, audio and data connectivity through a single port.
When it was launched the 8600 Luna cost €700.