With most of the talk in the smartphone market shifting towards
Apple, Microsoft, and Google, it's easy to forget about Nokia.
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
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
Incredible, and HTC
quote: 12 MP is an amazing amount of overkill. The lens, while good for a smart phone, is still the limiting factor for image quality. 12 MP is a tip of the hat to people who buy things for bigger numbers that don't mean anything.
quote: Other than contrarians who couldn't possibly buy an iPhone, and those that purposely want a highly specced handset with laughably old-fashioned OS and responsiveness, who on earth buys them?
quote: The N8 uses Nokia's new Symbian^3 platform