Nokia India has very kindly invited me to an exclusive preview of the Nokia N8, a device I have been wanting to get my hands on for a very long time. To say that I am excited is an understatement, for the the simple reason that the N8 brings functionality that I have wanted to ages. USB on-the-go and support for a bluetooth mouse in addition to all the other awesome functionality such as HD video capture, 12 MP stills, capacitive multitouch OLED display and I could go on.
So I will be going to New Delhi, come Friday to put the N8 through its paces and go over it with a fine tooth comb. If you have anything questions, or things I must check out, do let me know and I will be sure to get you answers.
Fortunately, by this time the N8 firmware should have also reached a certain level of maturity and we will get a good idea of what thinks will be like when it launches in late September.
Nokia today finally announced the much leaked Nokia N8, its first Symbian ^3 12 Megapixel Pixel touch device and instead of dishing out the press release to you, I decided on looking into it a little more before making up my mind and bringing you my thoughts.
The N8 brings quite a lot of first’s for Nokia.
The first 12 MP camera.
The first Nokia to shoot 720p HD video.
The first device to run Symbian ^3.
The presense of a Xenon flash and a LED in one device.
Only the second Capacitive touch device, but the first with multitouch.
The first Bluetooth 3.0 device.
The first with HDMI out and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.
Powered by an ARM 11 processor running at 680 MHz, making it the fastest in a Nokia yet.
Symbian^3 itself brings a ton of new features such as coverflow, a visual task manager, even better multitasking with data paging, single tap access, streamlined menu, 3 homescreens with 6 widgets each and Flash Light 4.
Other key features:
A slim profile of 113.5 x 59.12 x 12.9.
135g in weight, which is not much considering its carved from a single piece of anodised aluminium.
3.5″ capacitive multitouch display with a 640x 320 pixels resolution.
720p video recording at 25 frames per second, with an LED light.
Camera aperture of F2.8, focal length 5.4.
HDMI out with the Nokia Adapter Cable CA-156.
The fairly standard 3.5mm jack.
WIFI, Radio, FM transmitter, A-GPS.
A 1200mAh BL-4D Li-Ion battery.
135MB phone memory, 16GB inbuilt with support for a microSD card.
256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM.
Initially available in five colours: Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue and Orange.
Now that you have finished reading a very impressive spec list, here is the most impressive things about the N8, its price – $499/€370/£320/Rs. 22,150 before taxes or subsidies.
The N8 will come in five great looking colours (Silver white, Dark grey, Orange, Blue and Green) and the aluminum build will mean that it will feel premium. Hardware wise, its virtually perfect, even the 1200 mAh battery is supposed to last as much as the N97’s 1500 mAh, if not more. There are even more hidden goodies like stereo microphones for stereo audio capture, a shutter release at 150 milliseconds and effective digital zoom.
The only question now is whether S^3 will deliver? The criticism people have heaped on it is that it looks a lot like S^1, but I have a feeling that while it may not be as revolutionary as S^4 can be, the small tweaks and improvements will result in a much better experience. Integrated Qt should mean that we will have even more apps for the platform and Flash 4 (with Flash 10 compatibility for video coded and formats) will certainly help.
The N8 has a non removable battery, this will be important to some, but for the most of you it will be a non issue specially with products like the Proporta Turbocharger in the market. If I really had to pick faults, I’d say the lack of a hardware keyboard is a let down for me.
In fact I’ll take two, Black and Silver/Gray please. If you (Nokia) can get it out soon, then pretty please with a cherry on top!
We saw some aggressive pricing with the Cseries and the recently announced E7, but with the N8 Nokia has really taken the fight to the opposition. It is a fight that they seem to have started very well.