I was waiting for all three to come online to post them. So here they are, the videos highlighting the prime features of the mighty Nokia N8. Overwhelming device, underwhelming presentation I should say; the host, Chris Bennetts, doesn’t feel so right at times.
New 9MP Photo Samples and Symbian^3 Screenshots from Nokia N8! (With Review & Benchmark tests) [Updated!]
It’s been 2 weeks since I posted anything on the Nokia N8, so it’s time again to rekindle some good stuffs on this upcoming great Nokia device.
ifanr, a Chinese site, has extensively posted on their hands-on experience with the Nokia N8, including some great screenshots of the new Symbian^3, as well as 2 comparative sample images at 9MP (16:9).
Some highlights from the article:
- - Symbian^3 is not old wine in new bottle. It’s not just an upgrade from S60.
- – Symbian^3 seems to have been designed from scratch for touch usability, with no roots to S60v5
- – No more using the “Options” button like on Symbian^1. Pop-up menus and follow-up menus are accessible from any point
- – Mail client is greatly improved, in terms of UI also
- – New homescreen combines the features of iPhone’s homescreen (is there any?), effect of Android’s UI, and usability of Symbian^1. Users can also place icons on their homescreen (like on iPhone OS) – up to 72 for all the pages
- – Homescreen not as effective as on N900, but productive enough
- – Switching between tasks is fluid. Unfortunately, webOS task manager looks better.
- – screen switching system is very smooth in terms of animation and its dynamic too
- – the music player is very similar to iPod’s, but not the same
- – standby screen can display more content, with the use of interactive information handling.
- – browser interface – no significant changes, but the stability of much better than before.
- – Opera Mobile 10 and the default OSS browser are both good
- – best feature he liked is to support OTG + HDMI output
- – the battery lasted for 1.5 days with some HD output, e-book, and other common uses
- – shortcoming – Symbian^3 is not a beauty at first glance. Sometimes feels like using in the shadows of Symbian^1
- – some Symbian^1 apps had compatibility issues with this phone.
Nokia N8 Overload: Promo Vids, 12 MP Sample Images, 720p Sample Video, Tear-down & Real-life Images [Updated!]
Some promo vids:
Sample images from the 12MP cam:
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Finally, after all that leaks and unofficial reveal via Eldar, the mighty Nokia N8 is out!
The Nokia N8 marks the global device debut of the new Symbian^3 software, featuring several major advancements:
* Usability enhancements across the user interface, including single tap, multi-touch and support for gestures such as “pinch-to-zoom.”
* Three personalizable homescreens on the Nokia N8, easily maneuvered through by a simple flick.
* Faster and more responsive user interface with new 2D and 3D graphics architecture that takes full advantage of hardware acceleration
* More efficient memory management allows more applications to run in parallel for a faster, more complete and efficient multi-tasking experience.
* System: WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 and GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
* OS: Symbian^3
* Form Factor: Touch screen monoblock
* Dimensions: 113.5 x 59.12 x 12.9 mm (L x W x H)
* Weight: 135g
* Display: 3.5 inch widescreen (640 x 360 pixels) capacitive touch
* Battery: 1200mAh BL-4D
* Media Storage/Memory: 16GB mass memory + micro SD card slot, 135MB internal memory, support up to 32GB memory cards.
* Video Playback: Video recording, Performance: encoding 25fps, decoding 30fps, File Formats: H.264, MPEG-4, VC-1, H.263, Real Video 10, ON2 VP6, Flash video
* Music Playback: FM radio, FM transmitter, MP3 player, Supported codecs: MP3,AAC,eAAC, eAAC+,WMA,AMR-WB, DRM support, DRM: OMA DRM 2.0
* Main Camera:
o Lens: Carl Zeiss optics
o Image capture: 12 megapixels
o Video capture: HD 720p
o Aperture: F2.8
o Focal length: 5.4
o Flash: Xenon flash
o HDMI adapter CA-157
o WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n
o BT2.1 with support for stereo headsets
o Positioning with GPS, A-GPS, WLAN and Cell-ID
o Micro-USB 2.0 high speed for file transfers and charging
o USB On-the-Go
* Nokia AV connector 3.5 mm for audio input/output and TV out
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Additional specs/features not listed:
- ARM11 CPU at 680 Mhz, 256 RAM, 512 ROM and 3D Graphics HW Accelerator with OpenGL-ES 2.0 support
- Comes with Music in select markets
- Flash 10 compatibility
- OLED display with 24-bit colour depth (16 million colours)
- Composite video out (secondary)
- Newer OSS Browser
- 28mm wide angle lens with Still and Video Stabilization
- no stereo speakers (hands-free speaker only)
- no over-sharpening or “digital looking” images
- Conversational view for SMS
- Editing of key office documents
Read more on Nokia N8 Officially Revealed!
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I was excited about the coming of Nokia N8, but after reading this preview from Eldar; not anymore.
Just like what Engadget says, Nokia’s woes on the drop in profits are about to become even more woeful with the launch of this model. Imagine still lagging behind your competitors after given so much time to catch up, real waste of opportunities. “Almost as responsive as the iPhone”? Now how does this not surprise us? I’m a big fan of Nokia, have always been, and I did support the stand of some analysts stating that Nokia is likened to a humungous ship, which naturally would take a longer time to make a U-turn compared to other smaller ships (competitors); but this is not something exciting after all this wait, seriously. Someone also recently commented over at a forum that Nokia phones always launch with alpha-like firmware, and mature only after the release with newer firmwares. I guess it’s going to be true again with Symbian^3.
Okay, enough of the rant, let’s go over to the phone.
Take note that it’s still a prototype, so lots of things could be changing over the next few months.
At one part he says this: “...they’ve made cosmetic improvements, that users should like. And users do not like them. I get a feeling that Nokia is living in some wonderland, where people are buying it’s products in droves. But this is not the case. And as a flagship product, Nokia N8 looks not just bleak, but as something incomprehensible. With the help of advertising, they will get people’s attention, start selling and will sell quite a few of them. Just to scare more people away from Nokia brand. A feeling is that there are some competitor moles working at Nokia, sabotaging the work. Purposefully destroying Nokia brand step by step. I can not find any other explanation for current events…“
It’s just depressing with the UI part. But we do also know that Symbian^3 is a rewrite and restructure of Core OS and some UI elements where Symbian^4 will be redesign of UI and enhancement of some Core OS elements.
Well nothing really shocking actually, since Nokia has officially pushed the launch date to sometime 3 months from now (not announcement, but sales launch). There’s nothing wrong with the hardware, although on the most part, Nokia’s just catching up with the market trend.
I guess they’re taking the time to improvise on the software in this mean time (high hopes!). Symbian^3 will probably be tweaked and developed more until it’s available to the mass market, and will probably improve on its current ‘responsiveness’.
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Last month I posted on (and leaked) some exclusive images and details on the upcoming rumoured Nokia N8, which unfortunately lasted not long before Nokia sent a “request” for its removal.
And now, the phone has leaked all over the internet again. And this time, I won’t be deleting anything, since I’m not the sole authoring covering this. For those doubtful and missed out the earlier post, I can tell that this unit here is the same one I had featured therein.
Without going over to the details, let’s just look at some not-so-decent images of the rumoured Nokia N8-00.
It looks like a pre-production prototype, and quite unfinished. I’ll fill up more device details soon, they’re all safely tucked in somewhere in my PC.