Nokia N8: first images and impressions, disappointment?

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First images of the Nokia N8 from the hand of the guys at Mobile-review, accompanied by some brief but important impressions, and it is that as we can read, neither the phone nor Symbian ^ 3 seem to live up to what we can expect. There is still room for improvement, but the base of the system is not much different from what we already know in Symbian S60.

The call to be the new flagship of the Finnish company, also known by the code name Vasco, has been the subject of rumors and leaks of dubious quality for months, so it is appreciated to find decent material to share with you.

Nokia N8, the expected specifications

We knew that the phone was going to have a 12.1 megapixel camera with Xenon Flash, and this has been confirmed. It will be accompanied by Carl Zeiss' contrasted lenses and will be able to record video in 720p format. In the opinion of the source, the image quality is somewhat better than what we can achieve with a Sony Ericsson Satio, so in this regard the phone will be well served.

Entering to assess the screen, it is multitouch and is developed with capacitive technology and its response is exact to what we could find in the Nokia X6. The screen has a glass cover.

Another novelty to note is the presence of an HDMI output on the phone, not much more is specified in this regard, but it seems that it is a smaller port than a standard connection. This type of addition is appreciated, which makes our phone become a decent source of portable high definition video.

The phone is adequately sized, and is fairly well built. It is presumed to have powerful hardware, but in practice there is not much difference in performance with other Symbian S60 terminals on the market, such as the recently reviewed Sony Ericsson Vivaz.

Symbian ^ 3, more of the same?

Some visual improvements, in that you can summarize what they have been testing of Symbian ^ 3, far from surprising us with something new that we have not seen in Android or iPhone OS, or even the conservative bada.

Few details we have regarding the interface itself, we can see that it has a home screen with three desktops full of widgets, nothing revolutionary, so somehow we are summoned to the great change in early 2011, with Symbian ^ Four. I hope that both me and the source are wrong and Nokia surprises us with juicy news about it.

In the absence of having the opportunity to try it, the feeling that comes to us is that Nokia is still out of date and oblivious to the fierce competition in the smartphone market, which little by little is eating its huge piece of cake. Anyway, and waiting for the phone and the system to improve before its official release, I am sure that Nokia will sell them without much trouble, as has happened with its previous Nokia N97 heavyweight.

The opinion of Eldar Murtazin (Mobile-review) about the Nokia N8 has enough weight, and has left me with a negative feeling of this promising project so far, so I do not think I have any choice but to place my hopes in Meego to find something that really catches my eye in the Nokia world.

Complete Specifications

  • Screen: 3.5 " OLED, Capacitive with 16: 9 aspect ratios (640 × 360 pixels) 16M colors.
  • Processor at 680MHz.
  • Connectors: HDMI, 3.5 mm AV, micro USB.
  • Memory: 256MB RAM, 512 ROM.
  • User memory: 140 MB once the system is loaded, 16GB microSD (up to 32GB).
  • FM Radio.
  • 12MP camera with autofocus, Carl Zeiss Tessar f / 2.8 28mm wide angle lenses. Xenon Flash. 20x digital zoom.
  • Dimensions: 113.5 × 59 × 12.9mm, 86cc.
  • Weight: 135 grams
  • Receiver Gps, accelerometer and proximity sensor.
  • Battery: BL-4D 1200mAh up to 7.7 / 5.4 hours in 2G / 3G conversation, 719/603 hours in idle, 7.3 hours playing H.264 720p video, or 3.2 hours recording 720p video.

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