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Nokia N8 is launched today.

The Nokia N8, Nokia’s latest smartphone was launched today. It intuitively connects to the people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps. Available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is €370, before applicable taxes or subsidies.

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.

Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar. The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Symbian^3 in action

Powering the Nokia N8 is Symbian ^3, the latest edition of the world’s most used smartphone software, which introduces several major advances, including support for gestures such as multi touch, flick scrolling and pinch-zoom. The Nokia N8 also offers multiple, personalizable homescreens which can be loaded with apps and widgets. The new 2D and 3D graphics architecture in the platform takes full advantage of the Nokia N8’s hardware acceleration to deliver a faster and more responsive user interface.  Symbian^3 also raises the bar in performance by delivering greater memory management allowing more applications to run in parallel for a faster multi-tasking experience.

Getting Qt for Developers.

The Nokia N8 is Nokia’s first device to be integrated with Qt, a software development environment that simplifies the development and makes it possible to build applications once and deploy across Symbian and other software platforms.  Nokia has also made the powerful and simple to use Nokia Qt SDK available, in its initial beta, to enable developers to start realizing the potential of Qt.

About Nokia

At Nokia, we are committed to connecting people. We combine advanced technology with personalized services that enable people to stay close to what matters to them. Every day, more than 1.2 billion people connect to one another with a Nokia device – from mobile phones to advanced smartphones and high-performance mobile computers. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices with innovative services through Ovi (www.ovi.com), including music, maps, apps, email and more. Nokia’s NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive digital mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks provides equipment, services and solutions for communications networks globally.

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20 Comments

  1. bonny
    July 15, 2010 at 8:07 am — Reply

    hi
    how much is the nokia n8 and where can i get it in nairobi. Please waiting for your reply.

  2. bonny
    July 15, 2010 at 8:09 am — Reply

    hi
    how much is the nokia n8 and where can i get it in nairobi. Please waiting for your reply and please do email me.

    • July 15, 2010 at 11:54 am — Reply

      Its not yet been launched. Its coming out in a few month’s time.

  3. bonny
    September 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm — Reply

    hi,
    i would like to know if the n8 can watch local tv or connect to dstv without using a doogol (not sure about the spelling). Wat capacity of xtl memory does it come with or one has to buy. And any other information will be useful to me coz i want to buy it. Does it hang coz the battery is not removable?

    • September 3, 2010 at 4:11 am — Reply

      @bonny the N8 is not yet in Kenya. It will be coming towards the end of 2010.

  4. bonnie
    September 14, 2010 at 7:55 am — Reply

    is it only kenya that people have to wait coz its already in south africa and it is one of the phones you get a chance to win for voting in bba.

  5. Justin
    September 17, 2010 at 2:55 am — Reply

    @bonny- It is a dongle, and you have to use the newly announced DVB-H headset for Symbian^3 devices such as Nokia N8. It should work pretty much the way you use the ZTE f912 for DSTV. check it out here (url)http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news/item/12093_Nokia_announce_Mobile_TV_heads.php(url). I think it is way better than the bluetooth dongle we’ve had to use with the current Nokia S60 smartphones.You could also use the web TV thingy they are yet to finalize although it will use 3G or WiFi which are murderous on your phone battery power. DVB-H is far less so.

    @bonnie-There is no consumer anywhere in the world today who has a Nokia N8. Maybe developers (url)http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news/item/12116_Nokia_hands_Developer_Conferen.php(url). It has not been shipped as yet. It is only available in selected European countries such as UK, Germany, Italy Spain, Poland and in the USA for an average price of €469 (£390). It is slated to ship at the end of September. I imagine Nairobi should be getting it near Christmas… Anywho what do I know?

  6. Justin
    September 17, 2010 at 3:33 am — Reply

    @bonny-Nokia postponed shipping of the N8 from end of June this year to end of September so that they wouldn’t have to ship a device riddled with bugs like the N97 at launch in June last year. Thus I don’t think you’ll have to worry about hanging. It also has plenty of RAM (256 MB) plus a high end GPU and writeable demand paging, which will greatly improve RAM memory usage. Check out this web page(url)http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news/item/11449_Nokia_N8-content_creation_and_.php(url).
    If you want to know the technical specifications, check out this page(url)http://www.forum.nokia.com/Devices/Device_specifications/N8/(url)
    The N8 has 16GB onboard Mass Storage Memory and microsd card slot. It supports upto 32GB cards.

  7. bonnie
    September 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm — Reply

    thank you for all the information. All i need to know is when it will be arriving in kenya coz i need to buy it. When you hear something please do inform me. E7 is also not bad but lack some spec that n8 has. C6 c7 this are for people who cant afford n8. Check their spec. N9 might be using meego or symbiam 4 (rumour).not yet out. We will have to wait and see.

    • September 28, 2010 at 11:23 pm — Reply

      @bonnie the n8 will be here next month I believe.

  8. Patel
    October 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm — Reply

    Hey has it arrived yet..

    • October 10, 2010 at 11:12 pm — Reply

      @patel. Not yet. It comes in November 2010. Kenya “launch” is October 20th.

  9. John
    October 25, 2010 at 7:27 am — Reply

    Still waiting to get the N8 in Nairobi. Does October mean “At the very end of October?”

  10. bonnie
    October 29, 2010 at 5:24 am — Reply

    am the first kenyan to have it and i love it!!!!

  11. Samuel
    November 4, 2010 at 1:05 am — Reply

    @bonnie where the hell did u buy it from

  12. Imtiaz
    November 5, 2010 at 3:57 am — Reply

    Why do the companies launch their respective smart phones late in Kenya. Do they care less for the Kenyan market? Samsung Galaxy launched in sometimes back in June- we are yet to see the phone locally

    • November 5, 2010 at 6:17 am — Reply

      @imtiaz actually, the galaxy is in Kenya from last week but all 200 units got sold in one day! 🙂

      • Imtiaz
        November 6, 2010 at 1:11 am — Reply

        @Moses, thank u for the info. Are they going to get more units and when? Whats the pricing? And also please when do u think the N8 will be launched?

  13. bonnie
    November 6, 2010 at 9:43 am — Reply

    @samuel: the phones are not being sold to anybody. It is a case of you know sombody who knows somebody etc. You will have to wait longer than expect. If you really want it i know somebody who could get it for you but it will cost you!!!

  14. December 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm — Reply

    how much money n8 and where buy i in mombasa

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