Nokia has announced its new flagship model, the Nokia N8 that will run on the Symbian 3 platform.
The new smartphone from Nokia will be releases in Europe and Asia in Q3 of 2010. The Nokia N8 is expected to be launched in India in October at a price of Rs 23,000. For a high-end product from Nokia, that price sounds very reasonable. You can read our recent story on the Nokia N8 here.
The Nokia N8 is – according to many – Nokia’s attempt at striking back at the latest smartphone launches on multiple platforms. In the last few months, media attention has been hogged by the HTC Incredible, HTC HD2, Motorola Droid and Backflip, the Apple iPad … and the Nokia N900 is all but forgotten. We are still very much here, and we have a strong platform too – is what Nokia wants to tell everyone. And then the phone was leaked beforehand, and received some rather nasty reviews. Nokia has said that it was a pre-production prototype that the reviewer had. We still have not seen any reviews of the Nokia N8, so this is a bit too early to pass a judgement for sure.
As far as design does, it is a clean design – but nothing dramatic. The Nokia N8 will be the first Nokia phone to use the latest version of the Symbian OS. The phone’s display will be a 3.5 inch AMOLED touchscreen with 360×640 pixel resolution (Read more about touch screen phones in India). It will also support multi-touch gestures, pinch zoom and will be equipped with an accelerometer for UI rotation.
The new Nokia N8 smartphone will feature a 12 mega pixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens and Xenon flash but will be priced lesser than other 12 megapixel camera phones such as Samsung Pixon and Sony Ericsson Satio. The camera also allows for HD video recording with the option to view the videos on an external HD device through the phone’s HDMI port. Some Nokia N8 videos have already appeared on the Net, and the results seem impressive.
The Nokia N8 will also feature three customizable home screens onto which users can add multiple widgets and apps. Cross-platform Qt apps, developed on the Qt framework are supported by the Nokia N8 and it is the first phone to do so. The Nokia N8 will also support Flash Lite 4.0 and play Flash videos. Battery stamina on the phone will be up to 7 hours 40 minutes on 2G network and 5 hours 20 minutes on 3G network. The device will contain 16 GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot that can support up to 32 GB of external memory.
Additional features on the Nokia N8 include A-GPS with free Ovi maps for over 70 countries and WebTV content from the Ovi store. It will also be equipped with FM radio as well as an FM transmitter. The phone will have an anodized aluminum encasing and will be available in five colours – Silver white, black, green, blue and orange.