Nokia N8 announced with 5-band 3G, sealed battery, 12 megapixel camera
I have not been very excited about any Nokia device for a few months, especially with the recent HTC Incredible, Nexus One, Palm Pre Plus, and other devices readily available here in the US. Today Nokia officially announced the Nokia N8 Symbian^3 device and I have to say I am planning to pick one up as soon as I can. One of the most compelling features is the unique 5-band WCDMA 3G support that we have not yet seen on ANY other smartphone to date. This means you can buy it and use it with either AT&T or T-Mobile here in the US and get 3G data speeds.
Another first for Nokia is a sealed internal battery locked inside the aluminum colored shell. This used to be one area where Nokia fans slammed the iPhone, but in all honesty even though I have spare batteries I rarely ever use them and find this to be a non-issue. On the other hand, the specs of the N8 show only a 1200 mAh battery so that may be an issue.
Other specifications of the Nokia N8 include:
- 3.5 inch 640×360 capacitive touchscreen display
- Symbian^3 OS with Qt 4.6.2 support
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
- HDMI port
- Internal 16GB memory and microSD card for up to 32GB more memory
- 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash and 720p capture capability
- Both a FM transmitter and a FM radio
- Integrated GPS with free Ovi Maps navigation
- 1200 mAh NON-REPLACEABLE battery (seems a bit low for this device)
- 5 colors in aluminum casing
- Dimensions: 4.47 x 2.32 x 0.51 inches and 4.76 ounces
Look at these specs and you will see things not seen on many other smartphones, including Bluetooth 3.0, 12 megapixel camera, FM transmitter, and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. The display is not as high of resolution as I though it would be for a high end device, but it does support 16 million colors too.
Specifications are not everything though, as we have seen with past Nokia devices, but I think Symbian^3 will add in some user interface improvements. I saw it in action at CES this year and IMHO it looks much like Maemo 5 and Google Android while still having some familiar Nokia characteristics so I think we will find it quite appealing and functional. I am sure others here in the US will slam it, but that is nothing new and doesn’t surprise me. Is the iPhone with its very limited icon-based user interface really that efficient and optimal? I don’t personally think so and never use my iPhone as a phone anymore because it doesn’t give me enough functionality.
I personally want a blue or orange one, but understand they vary by country. I wish this was available in the next month or two and am not sure I can wait until Q3 of this year.