Nokia reboots with the Symbian^3 based N8


With most of the talk in the smartphone market shifting towards Apple, Microsoft, and Google, it's easy to forget about Nokia. Apple's iPhone is the media darling, Google's Android phones are quickly charging down the battlefield with brute force, and Microsoft is hoping to recharge its batteries with Windows Phone 7.

So what is Nokia to do in the face of these fierce competitors? Well, today Nokia announced its N8 smartphone. The N8 uses Nokia's new Symbian^3 platform and aims to offer a superior multimedia experience.

The N8 features a generous 12MP camera (complete with Xenon flash and Carl Zeiss optics) which can record high definition video. An HDMI connector is also included to display content on to a large computer display or revision. A 3.5" capacitive touch display is included (360x640), and the N8 supports A-GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11n, Micro-USB, and USB On-the-Go.

Other features include 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded thanks to a microSD slot, FM radio, FM transmitter, TV-out, Dolby Surround Sound and the N8 will also naturally support the free Ovi Maps navigation program.

The N8 has 256MB of RAM and a 512MB ROM and the phone measures 4.47" x 2.33" x 0.51" and weighs 4.76 ounces. The N8 comes standard with a 1200mAh battery.

While its exterior probably practically screams "early 2000s", Nokia says that the N8 is "carved from a single piece of anodized aluminum and looks glorious decked in one of five eye-catching colors (Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange)."

The Nokia N8 will ship in Q3 at a price of roughly $500. When it arrives, it will have a wealth of competition from the like of the iPhone 4G/HD, Droid Incredible, and HTC EVO 4G.


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