May 9, 2010

Nokia N8…a powerpacked smartphone

After the launch of HTC Legend, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia phones and Motorola Milestone, the wait for Nokia’s path breaking N8 was on. The wait ended on April 27, 2010, when the company announced the launch of Nokia N8, company’s latest smartphone that intuitively connects you to the people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, you can create compelling content, connect to your favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps.

Let’s take a look at some of the cool features of N8;

  • The phone comes with a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. People can also make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite.
  • It offers a true home theater experience with HD quality film and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. You can plug the device to your home theatre system with an HDMI cable.
  • The Nokia N8 enables access to local and global Web TV services that deliver TV programs, news and entertainment from channels such as CNN, National Geographic, E! Entertainment and Paramount directly on the homescreen.
  • For the social networking buffs, you can update your 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 phone comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, taking you where you want to be and showing you what want to see in over 70 countries worldwide.
  • The Nokia N8 has 16GB of in-built storage space, expandable up to 48GB with a Micro SD card. Large files can be easily transferred to a memory stick with the USB On-the-Go.

The Nokia N8 also marks the global device debut of the new Symbian^3 software, featuring several major advancements:

  • Usability enhancements across the user interface, including single tap, multi-touch and support for gestures such as “pinch-to-zoom.”
  • Three personalizable homescreens on the Nokia N8, easily maneuvered through by a simple flick.
  • Faster and more responsive user interface with new 2D and 3D graphics architecture that takes full advantage of hardware acceleration
  • More efficient memory management allows more applications to run in parallel for a faster, more complete and efficient multi-tasking experience.

With this announcement, Nokia is also offering developers a new platform to innovate on. The Nokia N8 comes 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 simple to use Nokia Qt SDK available, in its initial beta, to enable developers to start realizing the potential of Qt.

The phone is currently priced at EUR 370 and as far as Indian market is concerned…the phone has already started shipping to the customers who booked it.


  1. TheRohan

    Just checked out this great tutorial and thought of sharing it with you guys.

    This tutorial guides you in getting started with Qt application development. The document covers the following topics: downloading and installing the Nokia Qt SDK, creating your first project, running it in the simulator, and deploying the application to a device.

    For more info to this visit

  2. vishalgaba

    @TheRohan – thanks for sharing this 🙂

  3. Manan

    This looks like an amazing deal at 22000. Eagerly waiting for its launch now:)

  4. TheRohan

    I am a mobile developer and received an email from Forum Nokia, inviting for a workshop to learn how to create Widgets and more about QT.

    This workshop is on 16th June in Mumbai and we just have two days for registration. So just wanted to know if any one knows more about this workshop or has attended any such workshop before.

    If anyone can share their experiences or thoughts in the same regards?

    The link to their website that I received in the email was:

    Thanks in advance..

  5. vishalgaba

    @Manan – Indeed, it looks like it will sell like hot cakes…

    @TheRohan – Sorry Rohan, have no idea bout this 🙁

  6. it looks good. I might just buy it.

    • vishalgaba

      It is pretty good in terms of performance as well.

  7. Nice looking phone. Nokia N8 has great specs too. The Symbian software , unfortunately , is being step-over by the newly released Androids. Not sure though if Nokia will jump on the Android bandwagon to get back its lost market share.

    • vishalgaba

      i think Nokia will have to do somehting about symbian or else it will lose out to the iphone, android and blackberry!

  8. karan

    nice celll

  9. Yo, I almost think that phone is better than the iPhone! Really.

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