Nokia N8 might be getting a sequel in 2012 running Symbian still, but this time with optical zoom

Nokia N8 might be getting a sequel in 2012 running Symbian still, but this time with optical zoom
Those wise "trusted sources" have struck again, whispering a sequel to the Nokia N8 is in the works, and is about to land in Q2 2012. This seems primed to be announced at MWC 2012 in Barcelona, since CES 2012 might be stealing the spotlight on the Nokia Windows Phones side.

The new camera-centric Nokia is supposed to have an even better camera than its predecessor, and with optical zoom to boot, which is the main request of the fans that use what is arguably the best camera on a cell phone. Resolution is not specified, although we wouldn't be surprised if that number doesn't change from 12MP, which is already plenty.

We do get some alleged bump in specs, though - the Nokia N8 upgrade is supposed to have a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and sport a 3.5" screen, like the current one, but with 480x800 pixels of resolution. What struck as odd is that it is still supposed to run Symbian, which doesn't support WVGA resolutions yet, but that might have been remedied by then. 

Moreover, high-resolution screens, multicore processors, and sophisticated camera shenanigans support are not coming to Windows Phone before the Apollo update. These specs seem equal to what the current high-end Symbian Belle handsets, like the Nokia 701 have, so that's what we could have on the Nokia N8 sequel, with an update for higher screen resolution support.

source: UnwiredView

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1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Nope Symbian is dead, it should be Windows Phone 7.5 Mango or heck even 8 for that matter. Why waste your time on a dead OS. It just makes no sense.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I agree, I would be very suprised if it wasnt a Mango/apollo set. Symbian is dead. If they release a symbian phone I'd just die laughing..

9. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

what makes you think that? Symbiant isn't dead. end of the story

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

tell me how it is still alive when Nokia has said that it is dead and they were going to bury it to focus on WP7.

18. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Easy; it's a bridging strategy that takes new Symbian device releases thru 2013. It will be fully replaced on new handset releases when WP Tango and Apollo arrive. In addition, it will be supported thru 2016. Development occurs on Qt, which is still critical to Nokia's strategy long term. Dead now, not exactly. Try out Belle before you make that claim.

29. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Actually, Nokia claimed Symbian will be supported at least untill 2016, or even longer if profitable. So certainly not dead. Who's buying smartphone for more then 4 years anyway ?

22. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

You're talking like you wouldn't have bigger concers in your life. it's just a phone. It's normal. I bought N8 year ago and it still works fine. I needed best camera and navigation. I'm 100% pleased. Nokia needs backup system. Symbian will be developing until they switch completely to windows. When they will be able to implement all their solutions to windows system, then maybe, MAYBE, will give up Symbian. Symbian still has updates and will receive more. Dead system would get updates? It's 4 years dude. It's plenty of time.

25. rafael.roque

Posts: 78; Member since: Jul 03, 2010

Let them keep their WP7; I and other Symbian users will keep it alive! And if you like WP7, then good for you too; just don't tell me that Symbian is dead because I don't go running my mouth on WP7.

31. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

true that bro..long live Symbian Belle or Cindy or Danielle or whatever the heck of updates in the future are gonna be called! Its gonna be a great ride for the 1st ever fully functional feature loaded OS in mobile history! All the other prevalent so called modern OSs like Android (copied so much from symbain viz., widgets) and iOS (don't even get me started ;) ) do not even have many of the features that Symbian users have been enjoying for so long (namely USB OTG, HDMI-output,openly accessible file structure, side-loading of apps, etc. etc)..only thing that it didnt have was an intuitive touch-friendly UI and its been solved to a GREAT extent with Belle, thankfully! there's definitely updates coming and we'll see how it, yeah, definitely not dead! :)

33. chirole

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Except WP can't handle the awesomeness of Nokia's camera.

3. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

No, Symbian is not dead. if you die, nothing happens. Yep, my comment above was stupid and immature. Like yours. It has support till 2016. Are you sure android will surive to that day? If they release new and refreshed N8 with bumped specs, optical zoom and higer res (Symbian has no limitations when it comes to res, it's a more about it) it will find many customers. Tell me. In which android is better than Belle?

12. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

Sadly, Apps. But personally I'd choose a Symbian device over an Android handset. Just sayin'.

17. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Can't agree. Like I said. There is no apps for android which I couldn't get for my N8. I know that Nokia store seems to be poorer than App store and marketplace, but you don't have to use Nokia store to get your apps. You can root android phones, I can hack my Symbian device to get applications easily. It's not as comfy as your way, but it gets the job done anyway.

20. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Sorry, the latest Nokia Store is on par with the competition. It doesn't come close in total apps...but I've never found myself lacking choice with 60,000 solid apps to choose from. As for games...IOS holds this crown for now...neither Android nor Nokia Store compete on this front. Can't wait for XBox live.

21. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I'm aware of it. I saw this qt beauty. I don't complain either. Like a said before, I found every single app I needed. But not through Nokia store. And you're right, it's not about quantity. That's why argument that Symbian is not on par because it doesn't have so MANY applications is stupid.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

support for current handsets and further development are 2 different things. Nokia said the platform is dead and they were going WP7 only, therefore its dead.

16. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Maybe so, but they will support it to 2016. In mobile phones world it's like ages. Put it simply, long enough to expect something interesting.

4. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

One more. How can you say that Symbian is dead when it still have an official support, updates and still people make apps for it? I can guarantee you that there is no such an app available on android which I couldn't find available on Symbian.

5. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

* in what...sorry, my mistake

6. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Symbian only dead in the US, there are many parts of the world getting symbian devices, esp those where Windows Phone isn't yet supported (remember, Symbian supports over 60 languages, way more than pretty much any other mobile platform). The choice to do this is Symbian might be the same as why the windows phone devices don't have NFC, bluetooth file transfer, expandable memory, USB on the go, native 3G video calling (not voip as such), pentaband 3G, or TV-out (either composite/HDMI). The platform (Windows Phone) doesn't yet support the technology needed, as much as Nokia would love it too. If you want any of these features, symbian has had them for years (including NFC - see Nokia 6131, as well as the C7 and all the Belle devices this year) Nokia have said Symbian will be supported to 2016, which to me suggests new devices to 2014 and that they release other high spec symbian devices somewhere in there is no surprise. And BTW, Belle is a vast improvement over previous iterations. I like windows phone and would love to see all this come to windows phone, as well as some aspects of the Swipe UI (seen on the N9 - the multitasking UI for instance), but for Mango, MS had the code almost locked down when Nokia and MS signed the agreement and it will be appollo where nokia may have some input. Maybe the first Windows Phone Apollo device from Nokia will also have a super-awesome camera with optical zoom, but like all of the other stuff i mentioned, it will debut on Symbian first, simply because it can, and because people is asia, easter europe, some of western europe, south america, australsia and africa, will happily buy it.

7. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

You have a point. It's US site, so they don't even know what Symbian is. IOS and android only matter. They don't like Nokia too, that's why they simply forget about functions and abilities Nokia has possesed for a long time and those functions are crawling slowly in other systems. I don't blame anyone for that, because each market has it's own needs. But I hate ignorance. It will take some time before Nokia will be able to do windows phone form the bottom to the top. But if it happen when apollo comes, they will do fantastic device. All their knowledge and experience combined with MS in one tiny device. Can't wait.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Noone has a problem with nokia. Most people like nokia. Dislike of symbian doesnt mean dislike of nokia. The only thing people get mad about with nokia is that they dont bring the US their high end phones very often.

8. pheren

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Finnaly love symbian,love Nokia,love my Nokia N8 and sooooooooo would love a new N8!@jackhammer Nokia rules

10. pheren

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Well so far the things keeping me away from even thinking of buying a w7phone by nokia are the limitations w7 offers(besides the money off course),such as,file manager(a propriatery),bt file distribution,well the divx support,usb on the go(use it all the time!)as well as mass storage mode,memory card support(a normal one)and no software binding such as freakin zune!

11. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Yep, that can be annoying. That's why I must wait for Apollo to see Nokia release from the leash. That would be great to see all Nokia's innovations in windows system.

19. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I think that Nokia's absence in US market has economical background. Symbian is marginal in US, so there is no point to release new handsets there. It reminds me DoCoMo and their phones. Amazing pure tech devices but they are available only in japan. Huge market or goverment restrictions?

23. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I don't give a damn what OS its running as long as the camera works like GOD. I feel like a rabid dog foaming all over on what it finally looks like.

24. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I remember that samsung was trying tricks with optical zoom in g800 and g810 but it didn't work . I hope that Nokia and DD will use their knowledge and make it good. That would be awesome. New era in cell phone photography (I don't take into consideration Japanese wacko...or strange devices like those from canon If my memory serves me with gsm module:])

26. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Before I even made a difference between android and symbian i picked a phone a Nokia C6-01 i liked it for its 8mpx camera with full focus i need the camera to shoot me and my friends doing parkour i saw the review from phone arena from it and then i saw a samsung android phone review i liked symbian 3 better because it was easier to operate in my country symbian supports bulgarian android and ios dont also i got a friend(but we arent anymore) he got a samsung galaxy s he's rich and he was my best friend and he thought that nokia are s**t but before his galaxy s he had a samsung something which was a girl model he insulted my hole family with the sentence ''Nokia are s**t'' he told me that android is far better than symbian but i wish he now knows of symbian belle i will soon get the update and my phone will be better than most android phones i will stick with symbian untill its officially dead and wp7 gets most of the things like nfc bluetooth etc. and if windows doesnt only then will i switch to android jackhammeR can you tell me how to hack games from android to my Nokia C6-01?

27. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Can't hack android games to Symbian. But you can hack your phone and download games on it from other sources (not Nokia Store). When you hack it, it will be unlocked and you don't have any certificate. I can give you an instructions in private how to do that. Links are prohibited here, so cannot post this.

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