Nokia revealed Nokia N8, forthcoming flagship product based on the Symbian ^ 3 OS. The Nokia N8 is the first smartphone to include the latest touch OS from Symbian foundation, and it uses a customized Nokia UI. Nokia demonstrated Nokia N8 when they disclosed the preview of Symbian ^ 3 OS, last year. The remarkable feature among the specifications of Nokia N8 is the availability of a 12MP camera with Xenon flash and HD video recording at 720p. Nokia N8 also includes for TV out and an HDMI port for the first time in a GSM phone. The greatest attraction of Nokia N8 is its price. Nokia N8 costs far less than 12 MP phones like Samsung Pixon 12, Sony Ericsson Satio, and most other mobile phones including the Nokia N97.
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Nokia N8 review:
Nokia N8 is the second Nokia phone with capacitive touch screen. The 3.5 inch AMOLED display of Nokia N8 has 360 x 640 pixels (nHD) resolution and 16 million color depth. This screen supports multi-touch gestures, pinch-to-zoom and accelerometer for auto rotation of UI. The improved graphics performance and multi tasking promised in Symbian ^ 3 OS would enable users to watch high quality videos and play 3D games at maximum speeds. Redesigned image and video galleries provide assistance for better movement through media, and the capacitive touch makes the scrolling, faster and smoother. The Nokia UI for Symbian ^ 3 OS is appealing and easy to operate. Therefore, N8 will include support for 3 home screens, which are further customizable with widgets, applications and apps. There is visual task switcher, that let users to flip through all open applications and close them if needed. The Nokia N8 is manufactured with native applications for accessing instant messaging, social networking, email, TV, Youtube and other services. Hundred of applications will be available for download at Nokia Ovi store. Nokia N8 is the first phone to support cross-platform Qt web apps. This would enable the deployment of Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Windows mobile, S60, MeeGO and Maemo applications in Nokia N8, if they are developed on Qt framework.
The 12 MP camera in Nokia N8 comes with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and HD video recording. The HDMI port in Nokia N8 can be used to output the videos to external HD device with Dolby Digital Audio quality. The device includes 16GB inbuilt storage along with 256MB RAM and 512 MB ROM. The storage can be expanded to 32GB using Micro SD card. Nokia N8 is a 3 band GSM and 5 band 3G phone that will support all most all telecom networks in the world.
Nokia N8 specifications:
Other notable features of Nokia N8 includes TV out, FM transmitter, FM radio with RDS, A-GPS with life time navigation using OVI maps, voice command, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth with A2DP, MicroUSB port, full web browser, EDGE, GPRS, WLAN, digital compass, document reader, MP3 player and Flash Lite 4 support.
Nokia N8 is made with anodized aluminum enclosure of 5 different colors, Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue and Orange.
Two things we felt bad in Nokia N8 spec sheet are the processor and battery. ARM 11 680 MHz processor with 3D hardware acceleration is good, but not up to date when compared with latest processors like Snapdragon. The 1200 mAh Nokia battery should be been replaced with 1500 mAh used in N97. However, it seems the Nokia is more conscious about the price of Nokia N8 when it reaches customers. In that sense, they managed to produce the best phone in its class.
Nokia N8 price and launch date :
Nokia will launch Nokia N8 in the third quarter of 2010 in Europe and Asian countries. The expected market price of Nokia N8 in USA is 500 USD. Launch date of Nokia N8 in India would around the Diwali season, and it will cost 22000 INR before taxes.