Nokia has just taken the wraps off the first model running Symbian^3, the operating system that’s replacing S60. The Nokia N8 will have a focus on recording and playing video, and sport a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.
This smartphone will double as a portable entertainment center, giving users access to HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theater system. It is also going to give access to Web TV services that deliver programs from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional shows will also be available from the Ovi Store.
To hold multimedia content, the Nokia N8 will include 16 GB of built-in storage plus a microSD/SDHC memory card slot, adding up to 32 GB of additional space.
More than just a portable TV, the smartphone will offer social networking capabilities and free global Ovi Maps with turn-by-turn navigation.
Symbian S60 Gives Way to Symbian^3
Symbian ^3 is an updated version of the Symbian OS with S60. This has been created for touchscreen-based devices, and includes support for gestures such as multi touch, flick scrolling and pinch-zoom. Devices like the N8 will offer multiple homescreens for placing apps and widgets.
The new 2D and 3D graphics architecture in the platform will take advantage of the N8’s hardware acceleration to speed up the user interface. In addition, Symbian^3 includes improved memory management allowing more applications to run simultaneously.
Like its predecessor, this new OS includes a suite of communication and personal productivity software, including the ability to synchronize its calendar, contacts, and notes with Microsoft Exchange. Users will be able to get additional third-party apps from the Ovi Store.
Its 12 MPx camera will have a Xenon flash and the ability to make HD-quality videos that can be edited with built-in software.
Other features will include a 1200 mAh swappable battery, 3.5 mm headset port, FM radio, FM transmitter, accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, and ambient light detector
Overall, it is going to be 4.5 x 2.3 x 0.5 inches (114 x 59 x 13 mm) and weigh 4.8 ounces (135 g).
Not Yet Available
The Nokia N8 is scheduled to be released in some regions during the third quarter of this year. It will include the wireless frequencies that will allow it to be used in N. America and around the world.
In Europe this model will cost EUR 370 ($490), before applicable taxes or subsidies. Pricing for other areas has not yet been revealed.