The most expensive component on the N8 is Samsung's 3.5 inch AMOLED display and touchscreen, which comes in at $39.25. $37.12 is spent on the unit's 16GB in mass memory and the Carl Zeiss lens equipped camera tips the scales at $31.08. The N8 is Nokia's strongest effort to date in what seems like a never ending battle to compete with the Apple. To this end, the Finnish based firm has upgraded to capacitive screens from resistive displays, and is offering a 12MP camera with this handset. Both smartphones are equipped with a front facing camera for video chats.
"Regardless of some of the extra high-end features, like the 12-megapixel camera, the budgetary range for the end product is similar to all the other smart phones competing in the iPhone space,” according to iSuppli analyst Andrew Wassweilwer, who continued, "One would assume Nokia, given their presence and market share, still has very high leverage on component costs with suppliers."
The Nokia N8 debuted the new Symbian^3 OS and the manufacturer says it plans on selling 50 million units containing the software, including the N8. As far as the analysis done by iSuppli, Nokia representatives could not be reached for comment.
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