Nokia N8 Not Aimed At High-End Market

  • Features Symbian 3 OS
  • HD videos with 12 megapixel camera
  • Thousands of apps

Nokia's N8 has finally arrived in Australia and Nokia are at pains to state that it has not been designed to take on the high-end smartphones such as the Galaxy S, iPhone 4 or HTC Desire. They see the soon-to-be released Meego as the lynchpin of that area, and with more than 50 percent of mobile phones on the market in the smartphone category, it is about to get a whole lot more crowded.

The Nokia N8 allows users to shoot high-quality photos and HD-quality videos on the 12MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash. Users can edit photos and videos on-screen and choose from multiple ways to share them – transfer large files to an external hard-drive with USB-on-the-go or upload photos to social networks sites from the homescreen.

The Nokia N8 is an ideal choice for anyone wanting to create content, connect with family and friends and enjoy entertainment on their mobile. Users can:

  • Connect the handset to a home theatre system using the HDMI input so users can watch HD-quality video in Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.
  • Access thousands of apps – from social networking services like Foursquare to games and productivity apps on the latest version of Ovi Store.
  • Update their status, share locations and photographs and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single application.
  • Access free global maps and voice guided navigation with Ovi Maps
  • Access and download thousands of songs via the Ovi Music Store and sift through their music collection with cover flow browsing.

The Nokia N8 is the first device to run on the faster, simpler and more responsive Symbian^3. Symbian^3 is claimed to introduce several OS advances including support for gestures such as multi touch, flick scrolling and pinch-zoom. The hardware acceleration also delivers a faster, more responsive user interface than other phones, claims Nokia.

New memory management allows multiple applications to run simultaneously on the Nokia N8 for a faster multi-tasking experience. Another new feature of Symbian^3 is multiple homescreens, which can be customised with different shortcuts and applications.

A number of Australian developed applications have been specially created for the Nokia N8 such as Coastalwatch, SMH/Brisbane Times/The Age/WA Today, Corkscore, the Weather Channel. Built by local developers, these apps were created using Web Runtime, a software development environment that simplifies development and makes it possible to build one application that can be deployed across Symbian and other platforms.

The Nokia N8 will be widely available through Optus, Telstra, VHA and selected retailers.  It comes in an aluminium body in dark grey and silver white with a real-glass 3.5-inch AMOLED display. 

The Nokia N8 is available from all operators and most retailers on November 1.