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Nokia has unveiled the N8, the first of its smartphones to use the open-source Symbian^3 operating system.
The Nokia N8, announced on Tuesday, will become available in the UK in the third quarter of 2010, with an estimated retail price of €370 (£321) before taxes and subsidies.
However, the N8 still looks very much like recent Symbian handsets. Symbian Foundation chief Lee Williams told ZDNet UK in February that the next release, Symbian^4, will be the first to adopt a new graphical approach to the user interface. Handsets using Symbian^4 are only expected to be on shelves in the first half of 2011.
New features in Symbian^3 that were missing in its predecessors include multitouch and flick-scrolling, along with a new 2D and 3D graphics architecture.
The Nokia N8 is a multimedia-centric device. It features a 12-megapixel camera with high-definition 720p video-shooting capabilities, and includes a video editor and HDMI output.
According to the Nokia Conversations blog, where the company announced the N8, the camera "features a substantially larger sensor than any ever used in any other Nokia device — even bigger than many found in dedicated cameras". Sensor size has become a limiting factor in cameraphone image quality, as rising megapixel counts have resulted in more image information being jammed on to very small sensors.
The 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen has an HD resolution of 640x360 pixels.
Nokia will preload the N8 with web TV services offering content from CNN, Paramount and National Geographic, with UK-focused content available from the Ovi Store.