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Nokia starts selling the much anticipated N8 smartphone in Kenya.

Press Release.

Nokia N8. Connect. Create. Entertain.

Nairobi, Kenya, November 12 2010: The Nokia N8, Nokia’s latest smartphone, 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 Nokia distributor and retail outlets as well as Safaricom retail centers from this week, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is around Kshs. 42,000.

“With the N8, and the new Symbian software, we are bringing a familiar, faster and more intuitive user experience to the world’s most popular smartphone platform. The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history and we are thrilled to start sale of the N8 in Kenya, the first of Nokia’s new Symbian smartphone range,” says Ken Oyolla, General Manager for Nokia East and Southern Africa.

“To appeal to today’s high-end buyers, smartphones have to be enjoyable, useful and beautiful. Ease of use, excellent multimedia performance and elegant design are all essential elements of the package,” Oyolla added.

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.

Like other Nokia smartphones, the Nokia N8 comes with free Ovi Maps walk & drive navigation in more than 70 countries worldwide, with no hidden costs. The latest beta release of Ovi Maps is also available for download from Nokia Beta Labs for the Nokia N8. It features visibility to public transport in 85 cities around the world, as well as real-time traffic, safety camera alerts, visibility to parking and petrol stations, and speed limit warnings.

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. www.nokia.com

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10 Comments

  1. Cosmas
    November 13, 2010 at 4:47 am — Reply

    Now I need to go break my piggybank.

  2. November 13, 2010 at 6:46 am — Reply

    But its said the phone has smart features but not good for business.

    • November 15, 2010 at 1:26 am — Reply

      @kenyanarchitect I’d say that its an entertainment phone. A business phone would be from the e-series line.

  3. a2z
    November 15, 2010 at 3:30 am — Reply

    Wait for the Nokia E7.

  4. November 15, 2010 at 11:51 am — Reply

    serious.. why do kenyans spend that much cash on a phone?? moses please enlighten me

    • Gilson P
      November 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm — Reply

      @ken- This is a high end, all-singing-all-dancing-all-conquering gizmophone guaranteed to do every thing but shave your beard in the morning. Plus at kshs 42,000, it is cheaper than its competitors like the iPhone at something close to or more than Kshs 70,000.

      I really think that it is a good deal.
      But if you can’t make rent at the end of the month, this is not the phone for you. We do have a largish middle class in Kenya who can actually afford to pay this kinds of prices. Personally, I’ll be getting my niece this for her birthday, while I treat me to the E7 for Christmas.

  5. February 5, 2011 at 7:22 am — Reply

    i have tried downloading the free QT SDK(both on/offline) numerous times without success. it just doesnt work. am prepared to give an extra effort if other means b4 giving up. Have you any suggestions? i tried calling nokia offices here in nbi but no reply.

  6. Peter
    February 23, 2011 at 6:46 am — Reply

    Want to buy the N8. Where exaclty do i get it. Am in Nakuru

  7. Ken
    June 10, 2011 at 8:48 am — Reply

    Its major drawback is a symbian based os, Androd is currently the most preffered os, hope Nokia migrates soon.

  8. wuod maggie
    June 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm — Reply

    when do we expect symbian anna to replace symbian^3 in n8 e7 c7 handsets.

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