Nokia N8


We were almost starting to suspect mobile phones of giving up and playing soft. They seemed unstoppable you know. They went from 5 to 12 in no time and there was nothing to suggest that digicams will ever get a timeout for a much needed breather.

Surprised or not, the game is back on and Nokia are pulling the big guns out. The N8 is the new wannabe king of cameraphones. Fat numbers on the specs sheet and all that shining armor, the new Nseries flagship is hitting hard and playing tough.

The Nokia N8 has two massive tasks on its hands: beat digicams at their own game and bring Symbian back to its past glory. The hardest thing perhaps is to tell which one is harder. But if anyone should be trusted to perform a seemingly impossible stunt, (still) market leaders Nokia are a safer bet than many.

General      2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
     3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
     Announced 2010, April
     Status Available. Released 2010, October
Size             Dimensions 113.5 x 59.1 x 12.9 mm, 86 cc
            Weight 135 g
Display       Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
      Size 360 x 640 pixels, 3.5 inches
 - Multi-touch input method
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Scratch resistant Gorilla glass display
Sound         Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
       Loudspeaker Yes
       3.5mm jack Yes, check quality
Memory    Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
   Call records Detailed, max 30 days
   Internal 16 GB storage, 256MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
   Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
Data          GPRS Class 33
         EDGE Class 33
         3G HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps
        WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, UPnP technology
        Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
        Infrared port No
        USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
Camera    Primary 12 MP, 4000x3000 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Xenon flash, check quality
   Features 1/1.83'' sensor size, ND filter, geo-tagging, face detection
   Video Yes, 720p@25fps, check quality
   Secondary VGA videocall camera
Features  OS Symbian^3 OS
 CPU 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Broadcom BCM2727 GPU
 Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
 Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds
 Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS; FM transmitter
 Games Yes + downloadable
 Colors Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange
 GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps 3.0
 Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
 - TV-out (720p video) via HDMI with Dolby Digital Plus sound
- Anodized aluminum casing
- Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
- Digital compass
- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
- DivX/XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- Voice command/dial
- Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Video/photo editor
- Flash Lite v4.0
- Predictive text input
Battery   Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D)
   Stand-by Up to 390 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
   Talk time Up to 12 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 30 min (3G)
   Music play Up to 50 h 
Misc        SAR US 1.09 W/kg (head)     0.85 W/kg (body)    
       SAR EU 1.02 W/kg (head) you see the hardware is all there – there’re not too many devices out there that can match the Nokia N8. Some will understandably frown at what looks like unimpressive CPU clock speed and scarce RAM. Just remember that it’s the performance to be judged here and not the sheer numbers.
Different platforms have different needs so we’ll only know if Symbian^3 can do without a 1GHz Snapdragon after we’ve seen the N8 in proper action.

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