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Nokia N8

Nokia N8

October 22, 2010

This is a proper smartphone. It's a Symbian^3 device running Symbian OS on a 3.5" screen with a resolution of 360 x 640 at 24-bit depth.

It's an OLED on a device that feels as big as an iPhone (113.5 x 59 x 12.9 mm) taking up 86 cc and weighing 135g.

I like its operating speed, even though its ARM 11 CPU clocks out at 680 MHz, not the gigahertz processor on my SonyEricsson Xperia X10. It is faster than the X10, perhaps because it's built with a 3D gaphics HW Accelerator with OpenGL-ES 2.0 support.

It runs four GSM frequencies (GSM 1800, GSM 1900, GSM 850, GSM 900) and is a pentaband device (WCDMA Band I 2100, WCDMA Band II 1900, WCDMA Band IV 1700/2100,
WCDMA Band V 850, WCDMA Band VIII 900.

You can develop for this smartphone by using Flash, Java, Open C/C++, python, Qt, Symbian C++, and Web Runtime.

This is a true multimedia phone with 4000 x 3000 resolution. Its CMOS Sensor is rated at 12.0 Megapixel and the camera is a 2x Digital Zoom with a 28 mm focal length and f/2.8 F-Stop. The camera focus range runs from 10 cm to infinity.

Here are some camera features that puts the N8 into a special category: Auto Exposure, Auto Focus, Carl Zeiss Optics, Exposure Compensation, Full Screen Viewfinder, Geotagging, Red-Eye Reduction, Self Timer, Xenon Flash

My Qik videos show that the camera can record higher than Qik can accommodate. It records video up to 1280 x 720 with a frame rate of 25 fps and a video digital zoom of 3x. It records in H.263[1], H.264/AVC[2], and MPEG-4.

It can play back 3GPP formats (H.263), D-1, Flash Video, H.264/AVC[3], MPEG-4[4], RealVideo 10[5], VC-1, VP6, and WMV 9.