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Nokia N8 appears for pre-order on company’s Italian web store


The eagle-eyed crew over at AllAboutSymbian have noticed that the upcoming Nokia N8 smartphone has gone up for pre-order on Nokia's Italian web store for €469 or around US$613 including tax, with a release window of the end of September. Free shipping is included by entering a code on the page with a promise that customers who pre-order will be the first ones to receive the handset. Expect to see other Nokia web stores to start their pre-orders soon.

The N8 represents many notable milestones in that it will be the first smartphone to ship with the new Symbian^3 OS, yet also the last of the N-series to use Symbian with plans to subsequently switch to MeeGo. Nokia also has a significant amount riding on the success of the device in its battle to compete with Apple, Google, RIM, HP/Palm, and Microsoft in the OS stakes, while also going up against its manufacturer rivals. In a bold statement, the company's under fire CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, last week called the N8 the beginning of Nokia's renewal to regain the leading position at the high-end of the smartphone industry.

From my point of view, I think the N8 has the potential to be a decent device, but I doubt its credentials as a flagship smartphone due to its older ARM11-based 680MHz processor, and specs that in general are less impressive than the N900 and other top current devices, excluding the camera. However, as the new top Symbian model, and a high-end mainstream smartphone with a great camera, 720p HD video recording, and media features, it is a more tempting proposition. But a lot relies on the final user experience of Symbian^3 and support for the OS, with the price and how Nokia positions it in the market also being significant factors for potential success. The N8 could be the start of something for Nokia, but it will take another, more powerful device to compete at the top-end, perhaps the first N-series handset to run MeeGo? What are your thoughts on the N8 and Nokia's current situation?

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Jeremy To

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3 thoughts on “Nokia N8 appears for pre-order on company’s Italian web store

  • Probably plenty of processing power for functions, but maybe not for processor intensive video playback and animations when the open applications stack up. Probably a great device, and I love my Symbian N79, but if it’s the last in line before a transition to Meego then it’s just like the HD2 running 6.5.3. Great, but a bit dead in the water (I realize that Symbian is not fading out quite like old WinMo). What will really hold it back from saving anyone’s job as far as the US market goes is that Nokia doesn’t kneel down to carriers like Apple, HTC and Motorola. Most of us Americans will sell our souls today for a discount on a device in exchange for a ball and chain for years. Subsidies (even when they aren’t really subsidies like on T-Mobile) rule the market no matter how foolish it is from a consumer point of view. Unless Nokia handicaps their radio to only run T-mobile or AT&T high speed data, they will only sell a handful in the US market. While it’s not the end all market, it’s a big one that produces a significant after sale revenue stream.

  • It could be nice as hardware,I have E71 which has the best quality and battery. It’s made in Finland and it shows, E72 have better specs but looks and feels cheap it’s made in China. Unfortunately Symbian is crap and a big bother with it’s certificates. It’s not user friendly at all.A friend of mine has Apple best OS and design unbelievably easy to use but its locked to operator and the plans are unbelievable exepensive.

  • Personalize your phone by adding their own widgets. Turn your Nokia N8 a tool to show, have fun and be creative. Voice guided navigation anywhere in the world. The Nokia N8 gaming experience available in high definition with the titles of the gaming experience by playing top editors premium N8 Nokia is available in high-definition game titles from top publishers premium. This are some of the best features of this phone.


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