Nokia N8 revealed as first open-source Symbian phone

Nokia N8 revealed as first open-source Symbian phone

Summary: The smartphone will be the first to use Symbian^3, but one of the last to use the familiar Symbian user interface


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  • 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.

  • The N8 measures 114 by 59 by 13mm and weighs 135g.

    The smartphone has a 1200mAh battery and comes with 16GB of internal memory. It also includes an FM receiver and transmitter.

    The device is Nokia's first to be fully integrated with the Qt graphical development toolkit, which is based on technology the company bought in 2008 when it acquired Trolltech.

    On Tuesday, Nokia rolled out a beta version of its new Qt software development kit (SDK), which is designed to help developers create graphically intensive applications for Symbian-toting handsets, as well as for devices running the upcoming MeeGo Linux OS.

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

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  • Nokia N8 is an amazing device and sports some of the greatest features that you can think of in a cell. I am a proud owner of this set. You can't get better than this at this price.
  • This phone is really a cool device to have, Symbian gives you certain feature that many other os including Android os can't provide. I purchased the set online form a site along with many freebies.