Nokia recently launched its latest and much anticipated smartphone, the Nokia N8, in India. This is the first device powered by the Symbian^3 Operating System. It allows people to create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and content. Nokia has also introduced thousands of apps on the Ovi Store which is optimized for the Nokia N8.
The consumer is in the centre of all that we do at Nokia and we are constantly innovating to enhance user experience and address user feedback. The N8, our latest smartphone, sets a new milestone for Nokia in growth and innovation with the new Symbian^3 platform that delivers our best smartphone experience required by the ever demanding consumer today. It is the first in a new generation of Nokia devices; devices that are faster, more intuitive and fun to use.
With the N8 we are delivering a great user experience and also starting the journey of a great developer experience. People who buy the Nokia N8, besides getting a portable entertainment center, will get more than 250 new experiences and features from a faster more responsive UI to visual multitasking. On the other hand, developers can easily create custom applications and services on Symbian^3, using the Qt framework and offer them to the world’s largest mobile user base of 175 million Symbian devices globally,” said D. Shivakumar, Vice President and Managing Director, Nokia India.
Nokia N8 features a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, 680 MHz processor, Symbian^3 OS, 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, HD (720p) Video recording, 16GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, HDMI with Dolby Digital Plus sound, Ovi Maps, Ovi Store and more.
This handset allows you to access Web TV services which offers news and entertainment from international as well as Indian channels. It also allows you to update your status, share location and photos on Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Nokia N8 comes with a price tag of Rs.26,259. You can purchase this handset from the Nokia Priority Stores.
The Nokia N8 has hardly been available in the retail stores and Nokia has already released a firmware update for the device. The first firmware update for the N8 is numbered version 11.0.12. As of now, no official change-log is available from Nokia so we need to wait for the N8 users’ feedback on what all changes this firmware brings with it. The firmware update will be available via OTA (Over The Air) or via Nokia Software Updater (NSU).
Since this will be the first firmware update for the N8, I expect it to bring a performance boost, fix some bugs and improve the stability of the device. Users, who already own an N8 don’t need to make a backup of their data prior to the firmware update since the handset features UDP (User Data Preservation). UDP will keep intact all the user data and applications even after the firmware update.
Update: Though this firmware is new, it is said to be shipping with the first set of Nokia N8 devices. However, users who already own a Nokia N8 device will receive this as an OTA update.
Update: Here is the screenshot of the firmware update –
It was just yesterday that we wrote about the N8 getting its first camera mod 30FPS HD video recording and nearly 0% jpeg compression. Today, hyperX has made another addition to that list with continuous auto-focus while recording videos.
Below is the video of the N8 recording a video in 720p HD resolution at 30fps with continuous Auto-focus :
As seen from the video above, the mod works like a charm. However, like his previous mod hyperX has not made this mod public as well. hyperX has been a very active member and contributor on the Samsung i8910 modding scene. In fact, hyperX Custom ROMs for the i8910 were and still are considered to be the best in the business. With him taking active part in the N8 modding, I am sure we will see many more miracles like this from him.
Kudos to hyperX!
Nokia has been heavily advertising the N8 for its camera and multimedia capabilities. The N8 sports a 12MP camera with a very big sensor, a mechanical shutter and a Xenon flash. Now, hyperX â€” the guy behind the popular HX Custom ROMs for the Samsung i8910 â€” has given the whole world a preview of the first mod for the N8. The camera mod for the N8 brings with it RAW Images with 0% image compression and 30 FPS 720p HD recording.
With nearly 0% image compression, the RAW images taken from the N8 camera can reach up to 11MB in size. By default the N8 can record 720p HD videos at 25 FPS. Sadly, the mod is not yet public. But then not many people have got their hands on the N8. Hopefully, hyperX will make the mod public in the upcoming days.
With hyperX actively taking part in the N8 modding scene, I except many more wonders from him in the upcoming weeks.
Nokia has announced that the N8 has begun shipping worldwide. Customers who pre-ordered the N8, either through Nokia’s online shop or through retail stores, will obviously get first preference. Broad availability is expected in a few weeks, with the exact date depending upon the country and operator.
Nokia N8 got off to a rough start, with a harsh review from Eldar Murtazin. However, Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President, Smartphones, Nokia revealed, The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history and we are thrilled to start shipments of the N8, the first of Nokia’s new Symbian smartphone range”.
The N8 features the new Symbian^3 operating system and boasts of a 3.5â€³ display, and 12-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording. Although the Symbian operating system might be a turnoff for many, the N8 is a full-featured device with unique features like USB On-The-Go that will entice power users and fans of the Symbian operating system.
Just his morning I wrote a post on how Nokia was finally getting the smartphone, and also ranted on how they have to deliver devices on time. It looks like Nokia is committing the same mistake again, this time by delaying the launch of Nokia N8.
Nokia N8 which was initially unveiled at the Nokia World 2010, was set to launch sometime during September, however, Nokia has now officially pushed the launch a few weeks ahead to October.
The official statement from Nokia reads:
The amount of preorders has exceeded our expectations and we are working hard to deliver the Nokia N8 to the market. In some markets, we had planned to start delivering the Nokia N8s to our pre-order customers by the end of September. To ensure a great user experience, we have decided to hold the shipments for a few weeks to do some final amends. We’re thrilled with the response that we’ve had to the Nokia N8 and assure everyone who’ve pre-ordered it already that it’ll be worth the wait! We expect consumers to get their Nokia N8s during October.
Oh Nokia, how long do you want people to wait before they go and buy another device?
Here is some good news for Nokia fans, the Nokia E7 and Nokia N8 both run Flash 10.1. We have confirmed this when we had a look at the Nokia E7 prototype at Nokia World 2010.
Nokia E7 which will be out in 4th quarter of 2010 is still a prototype and runs beta software, however, it also runs Flash 10.1, which is good considering that you would be able to save a lot of battery power while watching Flash videos.
More details on the device will follow later on.
Nokia today announced the Nokia N8 which will be the flagship phone for the manufacturer. Nokia N8 has a lot of improvements and is definitely hundred times better than the Nokia N97. Nokia N8 may put the company in a very good position against other smartphones, though this is just the beginning.
I have had a chance to play around with the Nokia N8 and it is pretty sleek with Ovi Maps, Social Networking Integration and also a new app for Ovi Maps called Check-in which allows you to check yourself into places on Ovi Maps just like Foursquare or Facebook.
N8 also provides users with a better digital and gaming experience. Take a look at some of the hands-on pictures of Nokia N8, more to come shortly as soon as I recharge my camera battery.
Nokia has launched a new Mobile TV headset accessory for their handsets. The Nokia Mobile TV headset incorporates a DVB-H (Digital Video BroadbandHandset) receiver which allows users to tune in and watch live TV on mobile phones. Along with this, the mobile TV headset also functions like a normal mobile headset. It also features an external remote so as to allow quick access to skip, play and pause functions while listening to music.
This new accessory from Nokia is a first of its kind. The headset is compatible with any Nokia phone featuring USB OTG (On-The-Go) and running on Symbian^3. As of now, only the Nokia N8 fills the above requirement. Hopefully, Nokia will announce more handsets which are compatible with the mobile TV headset at the upcoming Nokia Event.
The Mobile TV headset will cost around â‚¬40 before taxes and subsidies. It will hit the retail market in Q4 of this year.
Nokia N8 will be unveiled at the Nokia World 2010 conference next week, however, Nokia is building up some curiosity around the device by releasing some cool videos about the device.
Just yesterday, Nokia unveiled some interactive unboxing videos of the N8 and now we have access to the Nokia N8 TV ad which will go live in a few hours, which says that “It’s not technology, it’s what you do with it.”
The ad is funky at it’s best and shows small glimpses of the Nokia N8, with some really cool things you could do with the Nokia N8. Looking at the video, I definitely want to get my hands on the N8 (and will literally do it at the conference next week).
In the meantime you can check out the Nokia N8 TV Ad in the embedded video below.
Nokia N8 Ad – It’s not technology, it’s what you do with it