mobile / 17/08/2010

playing with the Nokia N8

I was invited earlier today to get a sneak peek of the Nokia N8. The handsets are prototypes and from the demonstration I was given, I was very impressed.

If you’re a Nokia fan, and have been waiting very patiently for a revamped operating system, then you won’t be disappointed with Symbian^3. Most noticeable was the fast and responsive user interface, when browsing through the 4GB music library, with cover flow.

The wow-factors about this phone is: 12MP camera, HD recording and playback (720p), the fresh Symbian^3 OS.

What really sets this device apart is the built-in HDMI connection and USB-on-the-go. Two very handy features that any smartphone could do with. Additionally, the HDMI and USB cables are included in the box.

The N8 has 3.5″ capacitive touchscreen with a 640×360 resolution, comes with 16GB built-in memory (expandable via micro SD up to 32GB), FM transmitter, FM radio, mp3 player, free walk & drive navigation with Ovi Maps and 3 customisable homescreens.

According to Nokia, the handset will retail for under R6,000 on prepaid, and will be available on contract, by October 2010.

More information on the Nokia N8 here.



Nafisa Akabor
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  • Wow, sounds like really cool features. And at a reasonable price too…
    Most importantly, as you say, is the fast UI, which interests me the most, as my pet gripe with symbian has always been the slow UI.
    Btw have you ever used the SE Satio? If so, how would you compare the picture quality as they both have 12mp? The satio blows me away in that department, though once again symbian….

  • Yes, the price is very good! The phones will also be available for pre-order online and in-store.

    I haven’t used the Satio, so I can’t compare. I can’t wait to get the N8 on review!

  • I wants one. Who do I have to kill to get one?

  • Did you see my tweet last night? They will be giving 60 to review, just follow the Ringaz blog. I think 8 reviewers will win the phone. I think you stand a good chance ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nokia need to change their font on the screen display..
    Maybe adopt a highlight with screentip option..
    It just looks outdated now

  • A quick update for everyone – we have just opened the Online Pre-Orders for the Nokia N8 with the guys from OnlineStuff – you can find the story here http://bit.ly/bile26 The wait is almost over!

  • Thanks for letting us know NokiaRSA ๐Ÿ™‚ I must say I’m a little jealous of all those pre-ordering it!