Nokia N8 runs Symbian^3, looks to give N900 a run for its money

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Looks like the rumors of a new member of Nokia's N-series were spot on, with the company today officially unveiling the N8, the first device that will run the upcoming and long-overdue update to Symbian known as ^3. The sleek aluminum-bodied shell houses some impressive specs, including a 3.5-inch 640×360 capacitive screen, HDMI port, and most importantly, 5-band WCDMA support for full 3G support with either AT&T or T-Mobile here in the US..

Almost as impressive is the 12MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, featuring a Xenon flash and the ability to capture 720p video. With 16GB of internal memory and a microSD slot, there is ample storage for music or videos. An FM transmitter and receiver come standard, as well as GPS with free Ovi Maps navigation, and rounding things out are 802.11bgn wireless and Bluetooth 3.0, plus a 1200mAh internal battery. The N8 will be available in five colors later this year at a price of 370 EUR ($494 USD).

This is new territory for Nokia as it releases what could safely be called one of the sexier smartphones out there. I would have much preferred to see the N900 released in this form-factor, but maybe this is a sign of what's to come from Nokia once MeeGo gets rolling since it shares the Qt development environment with Symbian^3.

[Nokia Experts]
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Chris King

Chris King is a former contributing editor at Pocketables.