Before the thorough management shake-up at Nokia, we would have said this is the most significant news from the Finns, since a lot of hopes are pegged at the N8 for the company's turnaround. Now, there might be a completely new strategy before the year has passed. Nevertheless, it is one of the most exciting devices to come out of Espoo in a long time. It marks a lot of firsts for Nokia - it will be its first with the latest, supposedly more touch-friendly Symbian^3 mobile OS with multiple homescreens, the first with an anodized aluminum unibody design, the first with HDMI-out and Dolby Digital Plus sound, and, most importantly - the first with a 12MP camera with Carl-Zeiss lens. The camera is where Nokia N8 will shine, it will be the first smartphone from a major manufacturer with such a large resolution camera, with a whopping 1/1.83" CCD image sensor, and 720p HD video recording. The picture samples look promising, but, of course, nothing beats real-life experience, so we will wait for our review to pass final judgement.
Nokia N8 has been the most pre-ordered device in the company's history, and the company says some of the customers will be receiving their boxes before the weekend. What is also interesting in the story, though, are the pictures Nokia has posted from the Chinese factories, where the N8s are receiving final programming, boxing and shipment. If you have never seen an employee in a Nokia Chinese factory twiddling his thumbs waiting for the elevator with a cart full of Nokia N8 boxes, now's the chance. The company created a lot of buzz around the 12MP smartphone lately, and we are sure there will be more to come.
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