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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Nokia Announces New Flagship Smartphone: N8

Nokia unveiled details of its first phone with new Symbian 3 software on Tuesday, designed to challenge the iPhone and Blackberry at the high-end of the market.

Available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is EUR 370, before applicable taxes or subsidies.

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with a built-in editing suite. People can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.

People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.

The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Powering the Nokia N8 is Symbian ^3, the latest edition of the world's most used smartphone software, which introduces several major advances, including support for gestures such as multi touch, flick scrolling and pinch-zoom. The Nokia N8 also offers multiple, personalizable homescreens which can be loaded with apps and widgets. The new 2D and 3D graphics architecture in the platform takes full advantage of the Nokia N8's hardware acceleration to a fast and more responsive user interface. Symbian^3 is also delivering greater memory management allowing more applications to run in parallel.

The Nokia N8 is Nokia's first device to be integrated with Qt, a software development environment that simplifies the development and makes it possible to build applications once and deploy across Symbian and other software platforms. Nokia has also made the Nokia Qt SDK available, in its initial beta, to enable developers to start realizing the potential of Qt.

Basic specifications:

* Size: 113.5 x 59 x 12.9 mm
* Weight (with battery): 135 g
* Volume: 86 cc

Display and user interface
* Screen size: 3.5"
* Resolution: 16:9 nHD (640 x 360 pixels) OLED
* 16.7 million colours
* Capacitive touch screen
* Orientation sensor (Accelerometer)
* Compass (Magnetometer)
* Proximity sensor
* Ambient light detector

Power Management
* BL-4D 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery

* Talk-time (maximum):
o GSM 720 mins
o WCDMA 350 mins

* Standby time (maximum):
o GSM 390 h
o WCDMA 400 h

* Video playback time (H.264 720p, 30 fps, maximum): 6 h (via HDMI to TV)
* Video recording time (H.264 720p, 25 fps, maximum): 3 h 20 mins
* Video call time (maximum): 160 mins
* Internal memory: 16 GB music playback time (offline mode, maximum): 50 h

Data Network
* GPRS/EDGE class B, multislot class 33
* HSDPA Cat9, maximum speed up to 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA Cat5 2.0 Mbps
* WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n
* TCP/IP support
* Capability to serve as data modem
* Support for MS Outlook synchronisation of contacts, calendar and notes

* Bluetooth version 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
* 2mm Charging connector
* Micro USB connector and charging

* High-Speed USB 2.0 (micro USB connector)
o USB On-the-Go

* 3.5 mm AV connector
o FM Radio
o FM Transmitter

* Internal memory: 16 GB
* MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 32 GB

Software platform & user interface
* Symbian ^3 for Nokia
* Java MIDP 2.1

* Qt 4.6.2, Web Runtime 7.2
o HTML 4.1

* Software updates Over the Air (FOTA) & Over the internet (FOTI)
* Flash Lite 4.0
* OMA DM 1.2, OMA Client provisioning 1.1


* Key applications: Calendar, Contacts, music player, internet, messaging, photos, Ovi Store, Maps, Videos, WebTV, Office document editors, Video & photo editor, Mail, Chat, Radio
* PC Applications: Nokia Ovi Suite, Nokia Ovi Player

Email and messaging
* Easy-to-use email client with attachment support for images, videos, music and documents .doc, .xls, .ppt, .pdf, .zip
* HTML support for email
* Unified email client for multiple protocols: Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Windows Live, Hotmail and other popular POP/IMAP services, Mail for Exchange, IBM Lotus traveler
* Editing of key office documents
* Email web widget for home screen
* Chat instant messaging support: OVI Chat, Yahoo, AIM, Windows Live, Gtalk, MySpace
* Unified MMS/SMS editor
* Conversational view for SMS
* Push email and expanded portal support available through Nokia Messaging for Email and Instant Messaging

Browsing and internet
* Full web browsing of real web pages
* Web browsing with touch control
* Supported markup languages: HTML, XHTML MP, WML, CSS
* Supported protocols: HTTP v1.1, WAP
* TCP/IP support
* Visual history, HTML and JavaScript suppprt, Flash LIte 4.0 and Flash video support
* Nokia Mobile Search
* RSS reader
* Support for streaming video
* Unified home screen access to Facebook and Twitter through Ovi by Nokia Social client
* Social networking profiles visible in phone contacts
* Upload and view photos and video and see locations via Ovi by Nokia Social client
* Social networking events visible in phone calendar

GPS and navigation
* Integrated GPS, A-GPS receivers
* Ovi Maps with free car & pedestrian navigation
* Wi-Fi Positioning
* Compass and accelerometer for correct orientation of display
* Nokia Map Loader application via PC to upload maps to the device memory

* 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics
* Fullscreen 16:9 viewfinder with easy-to-use touchscreen parameters
* Xenon flash
* Face recognition software
* Autofocus
* Focal length: 5.4 mm
* F number/Aperture: F2.8
* Still images file format: JPEG/EXIF
* Zoom up to 2x (digital) for still images
* Zoom up to 3x (digital) for video
* Secondary camera for video calls (VGA, 640 x 480 pixels)

* Internal memory: 16 GB
* MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 32GB
* High-Speed microUSB to PC connectivity

Video cameras

* Main camera
o 12 megapixel with Carl Zeiss optics
o HD quality 720p resolution
o Shoot 16:9 videos in HD

* Video capture in 720p 25 fps with codecs H.264, MPEG-4
* Settings for scene, video light, white balance, colour tone
* Secondary camera VGA for video calls

Video codecs & formats
* H.264, MPEG-4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark VGA 15fps, Real video 10 QVGA 30fps
* Streaming: H.264, Flash Lite 4, Flash 10 compatibility for video, On2 VP6, Sorenson Spark

Video sharing and playback
* HD 720p Video plabyack on HD TV through HDMI cable
*Dolby Digital Plus surround sound when played with HDMI & a home theatre
* Support for download, streaming, and progressive download
* Video editing software
* Access to last-played video and easy resume
* Videos application: collection of stored videos
* On demand WebTV widgets to watch local & global internet streaming TV
* Support for Flash video
* YouTube browsing and streaming
* WebTV
* Video call and video sharing support (WCDMA network services)

Music features
* Cover flow user interface to browse the albums in your music collection
* Comes with Music service on selected markets
* Nokia Music Player
* Ovi Music store
* Music codecs: .MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB
* Bit rate up tp 320 kbps
* DRM support WM DRM, OMA DRM 2.0
* FM transmitter

* Stereo FM radio (87.5-108 MHz/76-90 MHz)

* Use the touch UI to play games
* Dedicated graphics processor with OpenGL 2.0 enables 3D graphics
* Java games
* Use the accelerometer to play games

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