Symbian^3 device, Nokia N8, announced

Nokia-N8Espoo, Finland – The Nokia N8, Nokia’s latest smartphone, intuitively connects to the people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps. Available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is EUR 370, before applicable taxes or subsidies.

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.

Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.

The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Symbian^3 in action
Powering the Nokia N8 is Symbian ^3, the latest edition of the world’s most used smartphone software, which introduces several major advances, including support for gestures such as multi touch, flick scrolling and pinch-zoom. The Nokia N8 also offers multiple, personalizable homescreens which can be loaded with apps and widgets. The new 2D and 3D graphics architecture in the platform takes full advantage of the Nokia N8’s hardware acceleration to deliver a faster and more responsive user interface. Symbian^3 also raises the bar in performance by delivering greater memory management allowing more applications to run in parallel for a faster multi-tasking experience.

Specifications:

    N8 Blue
  • Dimensions: 113.5 x 59.12 x 12.9 mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • OS: Symbian^3
  • 3.5 inch capacitive widescreen display; 640 × 360 pixel resolution
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • HDMI out port (using the supplied cable)
  • Micro-USB connector, High-Speed USB 2.0
  • USB On-the-Go: plug in a USB flash drive
  • Bluetooth v2.1 including support for stereo headsets
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • FM transmitter
  • FM radio
  • Integrated GPS with A-GPS
  • BL-4D 1200mAh battery
  • 680 MHz ARM11 processor with accelerated Open GL 2
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 135mb internal storage, 16GB mass memory
  • Up to 32 GB of additional storage with an external microSD card
  • Web Browser with FlashLite support
  • Web TV
  • MP4 Video recording at HD 720p – up to 25frames per sec
  • Video playback file formats: H.264, MPEG-4, VC-1, H.263, Real Video 10, ON2 VP6, Flash video
  • 12 megapixel camera, Xenon flash, Carl Zeiss optics
  • Live updates from Facebook, Twitter, and RenRen pushed right to your home screen
  • Ovi Maps application
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22 thoughts on “Symbian^3 device, Nokia N8, announced”

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  2. @archie

    Be rest assured. Nigerians always have a way of getting their hands on new phones and Nokia is well aware of nigerian craves for mobile phones.

    Now that Yomi has exposed the N900, i’ve started having fears for nokia high end phones. Hope this will live up to expectations.

  3. Eldar Mutazin gave a review of the N8 on mobile review. Quite the same old Nokia. There was no energetic change in the interface and OS. THe review gave the phone a thumbs down!

  4. @Dawny. Well, you write like a Nokia fanboy. Nokia just happened to have had a headstart before companies like Samsung and Apple. If Nokia refuses to upgrade its ways and re-appraise its OS and Ui, Companies like Samsung shall soon catch up and overtake!

  5. I would have felt much better if this Nokia top of the line Smart phone featured a 1 GigaHertz Cortex CPU or the 1 GHz Snapdragon. It should have also come with a 512 MB RAM and not a miserly 256 MB of RAM. Nokia is stingy on hardware features. Sometimes, like the Nokia N97, Nokia only uses its name to sell.

  6. @Dayo: While I am hoping on Symbian^3 too, I am more scared of Nokia letting us down.

    @Dawny: Nokia and the rest? Since when?

    @Afewgoodmen: True words about Nokia’s reputation of crippling some of their high-end devices with meagre resources. The N8 hardware specs looks good, but will Nokia let the device spread its wings and fly?

  7. this is getting interesting everyday. phone manufacturers keep pushing the limits of every available technologies. the specs looks intimidating enough to attract die hard iphone fanboys but this device wont become the iphone killer.
    @afewgoodmen, i quite agree with u.they could have made the cpu faster than that.

  8. This is the first phone to have Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound on it…..
    Its beginning to look like this is going to be my most eagerly awaited Nokia device…..

  9. Methinks there is something wrong with the management in Nokia.

    I feel sad for the company. This is supposed to be their latest, most advanced phone to date, and it is aready feeling old.

    These guys have the money, and they already had the structures in place before companies like Google and Apple entered the fray, but all they can do with some of the best engineers in the world is to play catch up.

    This is an industry that moves ahead like every 3 months. The phone is not even out yet, and people are not even eager enough about like they are about similar products from say, Apple.

    I still want to believe that there is still something to hope for from Nokia. There is no company in the world that – up till now – sells mobile handsets like they do, and I still believe they are making more money right now from mobile phone sales – both high-end and low-end – than any other company.

    However, I think their major problem is leadership. I know they have very good people there, and I believe they can bring up someone from their ranks that can lead them at this obviously challenging time. There seems to be something that is stifling creativity in this company, and I think it’s something to do with a culture they have built up over the years and that seems to have been working for them ever since.

    They have never had it this tough, and I think also that the fact that they have stayed ahead of the rest with the methods they have been using of (what turns out to be) a slow rate of innovation and a lack of responsiveness to what the customers would ‘love so much’ in their products, has made them a bit slow, if not lazy, in comparison to their present competition.

  10. Getjohnv,

    You are mistaken in thinking that the N8 is intended as Nokia’s flagship device. Nokia has made it clear that its top-end segment of devices will run what is now MeeGo. Symbian has been officially relegated to the low and middle segment of smartphones from Nokia.

    The device you should be looking at is the upcoming N9 which runs MeeGo. So far, that device stands out and is a worthy competitor (at least specs-wise) to anything from any other mobile OS.

    Even the current Maemo-powered N900 stands shoulder-to-shoulder with devices from other mobile platforms – and beats many of them hands-down in one or two areas. The user-interface, expecially, is tops.

    Let’s wait for MeeGo and the N9, and if Nokia bungles that, well…

    Cheers.

  11. Thanks for the comment.

    You mention the N900 with the Maemo OS and the N9 with MeeGo.

    I do know that the N8 was scheduled for release in October, and as for the N9, I don’t think any official date of release has been given. One would wonder whether this is not at least a bit slow for an industry that is one of the fastest moving in the world right now. The N900 could have had better specs, but what was the market’s response to it, compared to let’s say the iphone 3GS?

    This is not a battle over specs anyway. I see it leaning more towards user experience, based on UI design. I really do hope Nokia does not think it is a war over specs, because it most definitely is not. At a time when the Symbian OS had had this for a long time, the first iphone devices did not have any real multi-tasking ability. They did not even have copy and paste for crying out loud – but the market still went after them.

    I still believe that Nokia have to do something very strong, and soon. I was listening to Click on BBC World the other day and they were talking about smartphones as if all that existed were the iphone and Android-powered devices. The Blackberry is even trouncing Nokia in terms of brand appeal in the smartphone market, in a place like Nigeria that has always held Nokia products in high regard.

    What you said about the N9 is true, but by the time it finally is out, I do not think it will be strong enough on its own to be a Nokia savior.

    Any pictures of the N9? If it looks anything like the N900, I wouldn’t touch it with a pole anyway…

    Thanks and cheers.

  12. @Getjohnv. Yes, I get your drift. Objective consideration of any top end smart phone draws one to the inevitable conclusion that hardwares feature alone is not sufficient to make a successful worldwide acceptability or sales of a phone. You’re right about there being no hardware arms race in smartphones. Though hardware would improve a phone’s features, the UI of the phone has to ultimately be put into consideration if the phone is going to be successful!

  13. @Afewgoodmen & @Getjohnv

    Sadly so true. The war is in the U.I. and user experience arena. I for one drool over mouth watering specs but am just an individual. The crowd out there is all gone amok for user interface. Business unfortunately is all about loading your wallet with money, so we know where the orientation moves to in the smartphone world. This is why nokia needs to wake up just like i’ve sadly done. But all said, I think this thing is a pendulum. When the time comes, and when people are tired of sampling user interfaces, it will swing back and any lucky manufacturer with sweet specs then would be said to have invented the nobile phone anew.

    Mark my words.

    1. lucky manufacturer with sweet specs then would be said to have invented the nobile phone anew.

      That’s exactly the way it works. What a crazy world!

      Personally, I still opt for functionality over eye-candy wherever there is a clash of the two. I’m not a kid who wants to swipe and tap on my phone screen all day. As a rule, I’d rather not use a touchscreen device. Perhaps its an age thing, or I am just rooted in the past like Nokia (isn’t that the “age” thing too?)

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