The Nokia N8 has been anticipated for quite some time by Nokia enthusiasts and smartphones lovers. While the jury is still out about the quality and effectiveness of this device, it is expected to be the newest phone in Nokia?s lineup of smartphones. In addition to that, it will be the first and possibly the last running the Symbian^3 operating system. As we?ve noticed with our Nokia N900, Nokia has had issues sticking with a single OS and staying with it.
The N8 is currently on preorder on the Nokia site and is expected to be available at the end of September. This means that they should be available just in time for anyone seeking to get the latest and hopefully greatest phone from Nokia before the holiday season starts up. For those of you who have never heard about the N8 or are wondering why it?s so special there are a few points of this device that should hopefully make it a competitor with some of the other smartphones out there today.
The Nokia N8 in all of it’s glory including that stylish front facing camera.
For those of you who are big fans of stylish devices, the Nokia N8 definitely bodes well in that category. If you?re picky about color, Nokia has also got you covered there. Since our initial article talking about the announcement of the device, Nokia has decided to stick with the same color options and make the phone available in the following colors: Silver white, Dark Grey, Orange, Blue and Green. The color availability and timing will vary so don?t expect all of these to be available at launch. In addition to that, the phone is very thin at only 1/2 an inch or 12.7 mm. The screen will come in at a standard 3.5 inches and feature an AMOLED screen at 640×320 resolution. So, Nokia has done well in regards to finally adopting AMOLED although we?re not sure why they didn?t opt for the new standard 840×480 in today?s smartphones. In addition to this, the N8 has 16GB of internal memory with an additional 32GB via MicroSD. This is probably one of the biggest reasons people may choose a Nokia device over, say, an Apple. The N8 also will feature HSPA up to 10.2Mbps which unfortunately means that it will not fully support the current roll-outs of HSPA+ from T-Mobile and AT&T.
With those standard things covered, we also need to mention that the device has a few very unique features. For example, it supports 720P video capture as well as carries a 12 megapixel wide-angle camera with Xenon flash for extremely detailed photography. It also has a VGA front facing camera for video calling. And if you wish to show either the 720P video or 12MP images, you can do so through the phone?s HDMI out. It also has a compass, FM radio, and FM transmitter for easy in-car sharing. On top of that, it will have a headphone jack and support Bluetooth 3.0. One of the most interesting features, though, was the introduction of USB on-the-go also known as OTG. USB OTG enables you to connect any USB drive or USB based device to the phone and to allow for data communication. So if you are away from a computer but are given a USB drive with data that needs to be transmitted you can connect it to your phone and send it from there. Unfortunately, we could not locate any information detailing the phone?s processor so at this point we remain cautiously optimistic about the phone?s potential performance. The information leaked so far was that the phone is based upon 680MHz ARM11 core with 3D graphics, putting it right in Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 territory. This doesn’t really bode well in our eyes considering the fact that most new smart phones coming out right now feature various flavors of 1GHz chips. Perhaps Nokia has found a way to optimize performance for this device, but we’re not holding our breath.