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Nokia N8 – an European phone comes to USA

by Collin Hilder  |  May 26, 2010

Nokia, the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer revealed on 27th April** its newest smartphone Nokia N8, which is eager to compete with Apple's iPhone.

With a curved body, made out of one piece of anodized aluminum, and a 3.5-inch HD touchscreen, Nokia N8 is the first smartphone to be powered by the new Symbian^3 platform and use the Qt cross-platform application framework. The new OS - Symbian^3 platform brings multi-tasking controls and a homescreen that can be customized and loaded with all sorts of applications and widgets.

Besides the improved OS, the Nokia N8 comes with a 12MP resolution photocamera which benefits from Carl Zeis optics and a Xenon Flash. Also, N8 gives the user the possibility to capture and edit high definition videos. The Finnish phone also has with a HDMI connector for plugging into a TV, so you can watch your home made videos on a flat screen. You can store all those home made videos on the 16GB of built-in storage, which is expandable up to 32GB with a micro SD card.

And if the new smartphone from Nokia aims to be a competitor of iPhone, here you have the techs and specs, in case you are undecided between these two brands:

Product Nokia N8 iPhone 3GS iPhone 4G*
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 2100 /1900 HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Dimensions 113.5 x 59.1 x 12.9 mm 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm

115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm

Weight 135 g 135 g 137 g
Display/Type/Size AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

360 x 640 pixels, 3.5 inches
- Multi-touch input method
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Scratch-resistant surface
TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches
- Multi-touch input method
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Scratch-resistant surface

 

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

640 x 960 pixels, 3.5 inches
- Multi-touch input method
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Scratch-resistant surface
Sounds/Alert Sounds Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtone Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes - 3.5 mm audio jack Yes - 3.5 mm headset jack Yes - 3.5 mm headset jack
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Detailed, max 30 days 100 received, dialed and missed calls 100 received, dialed and missed calls
Internal Memory 16 GB storage, 256MB RAM, 512 MB ROM 16 GB/ 32 GB storage, 256 MB RAM 16/32 GB storage
Card Slot Yes - microSD, up to 32GB No No
GPRS Class 33 Yes Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 33 Yes Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 MB
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, UPnP technology Wi-Fi 802.11b/g Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Infrared Port No No No
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, headset support only Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB OTG Yes, v2.0 Yes, v2.0
Camera/Primary 12 MP, 4000x3000 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Xenon flash 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Camera/Features Geo-tagging, face and smile detection Touch focus, geo-tagging Touch focus, geo-tagging
Camera/Video Yes, 720p@25fps, LED video light Yes, VGA@30fps, video geo-tagging Yes
Camera/Secondary VGA videocall camera No Yes, videocalling over WiFi only
Features/Operating System Symbian ^3 OS iPhone OS (based on Mac OS) iOS 4 (based on Mac OS)
Features/CPU ARM 11 680 MHz processor, 3D Graphics HW accelerator ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX535 graphics Apple A4 processor
Features/Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Features/Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds HTML (Safari) HTML (Safari)
Features/Games Yes + downloadable Downloadable, incl. motion-based Downloadable, incl. motion-based
Features/Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS; FM transmitter No No
Features/Colors Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange Black, White Black, White
Features/GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps 3.0 Yes, with A-GPS support Yes, with A-GPS support
Features/Java Yes, MIDP 2.1 No No
Features - TV-out via HDMI and composite
- Dolby Digital Plus via HDMI
- Anodized aluminum casing
- Digital compass
- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- Voice command/dial
- Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Video/photo editor
- Flash Lite v4.0
- T9
- Digital compass
- Google Maps
- Audio/video player
- TV-out
- Voice command/dial

- MicroSIM card support only
- Scratch-resistant glass back panel
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.
- Digital compass
- Google Maps
- iBooks application
- Audio/video player and editor
- Voice command/dial
- TV-out


Battery Standard battery, Li-Po 1200 mAh (BL-4D)

Stand by up to 390 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)

Talk time Up to 12 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 30 min (3G)

Music up to 50 h
Standard battery, Li-Ion

Stand by up to 300 h

Talk time up to 12 h (2G) / Up to 5 h (3G)

Music up to 30 h

Standard battery, Li-Ion

Stand by up to 300 h

Talk time up to 15 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)

Music up to 40 h

 
* The iPhone 4G is going to hit the stores on 24th June

** According to latest news N8 will be officially released on 24th August, at a $465 price tag.

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