Nokia N8 steps into daylight, mounting Symbian^3

Nokia N8 steps into daylight, mounting Symbian^3
Nokia has just announced the upcoming availability of its most advanced smartphone yet, the Nokia N8. We have been hearing about it for quite some time now, and there were also leaks pointing at a viral video campaign being in the works for it. Now the sleek handset, which also happens to be the first to run Symbian^3, is finally official and set for a Q3 release, at a price of EUR 370 before taxes and subsidies.

The body of the Nokia N8 will be crafted from a single piece of anodized aluminum, which we cannot help but admit to be in love with. Indeed, Nokia's next big time player is certainly a good-looker. Things get even better as there will be five different color variants, each looking attractive in its own way.

Moving further to the capacitive touchscreen, we see that Nokia's attempting to find a good balance between size and quality. The diagonal will measure 3.5 inches, while the resolution will be 360x640 pixels (16:9). We can expect some pretty decent image quality thanks to the utilized OLED technology.

One of the key selling points of the Nokia N8 is its 12MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash. In addition to being capable of recording 720p HD videos (and editing them with a set of built-in tools), the camera will also feature a large sensor that should deliver very good results. This seems to be one of the first cases when someone is actually turning attention to the sensor, rather than simply touting the high megapixel count.

The Nokia N8 seeks to be impressive on the software front as well. It will be the first smartphone with the new Symbian^3 operating system, which brings forth some already popular features like multitouch pinch-to-zoom and multiple homescreen pages for more widgets and shortcuts. There will also be homescreen integration with Facebook and Twitter, along with calendar integration. Not only that, but Nokia promises greater system performance and responsiveness, as well as better memory management that should enable the user to enjoy multiple apps simultaneously in a more seamless manner.

All of this sounds truly exciting and we hope that the phone will live up to the high expectations the manufacturer has created in us.

UPDATE: Nokia Conversations has posted the first samples taken with the N8's 12MP camera. Check them out here!

Nokia N8 Specifications

source: Nokia



1. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Nice tried NOKIA to take over SLR Digital Camera but 12mp is no match to 25mp top SLR camera available. Nokia is 3 years behind Samsung Pixon 12 and 2 years behind Sony Ericcson in 12 mp camera phones.

3. lookitdisguy

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

You're right 12mp is no match to a 25mp camera... because 25 is a bigger number than 12...

4. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Nokia is NOT a camera company last time I checked.... I like their promotion video though, kinda neat

10. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

Uh som, stupid comment. Those are stand-alone cameras, this is a camera phone. Get it right. And btw, this phone is gonna completely kick asz

12. k73

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 28, 2010

Wonder whether Nokia produces own sensor or they simply bought from Canon?

2. 4nak1n

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 18, 2010

Definitely i gonna buy that. Using along with my HTC desire and ipod touch. Nothing is impossible now.

5. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

The most interesting part is not the megapixels, but the fact that it can work on AT&T, T-Mobile, & Global 3G WCDMA bands.

7. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

Yeah, that is awesome! I hope this becomes more widespread. I'd love to be able to buy an unlocked GSM phone, and not have to worry about whether it's going to work on EDGE only.

9. pathmarkpolice

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 05, 2009

Hell yeah, I agree 100%, Nokia should do this for every phone they make. I don't want to have to search the internet for versions of the phone that will work with my 3g bands, etc. It's a pain in the ass! Good job Nokia!

11. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

Oh yeah, I saw that on cellphonesignal also. This phone is gonna kill in sales because it can be user freakin anywhere in the world basically. My only hope is that they use a glass screen on this phone, cuz those are super durable and don't scratch (iPhone) oh wait, will they sue nokia if they do use glass and multitouch??? And a super durable plastic or metal for the body. And a slider-cover-thing over the camera

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

For a phone 12MP is american carrier has better than 8MP and 3MP is the norm....not sure about the slower ARM processor at 650 MHZ or so....

8. pathmarkpolice

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 05, 2009

I don't think the processor will be a big problem. Symbian isn't that power hungry. The 600mhz processor on the nokia n900 isn't a problem, so I think this should be fine. Have to watch reviews of it though.

13. Frankie Fish

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 24, 2010

N900 runs on Maemo. I hope this doesn't lag or close applications without any warnings. If there is no lag or huge memory utilisation, then this phone is gonna be a hit.Other features barely matters now.

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