By Chuong Nguyen | April 27, 2010 12:12 PM
The capacitive touchscreen Nokia N8 has been officially unveiled for Nokia. The device runs Symbian^3 OS and is more finger-friendly than current Symbian OS devices, adding three home screens for shortcuts and widgets as well as a media player with cover flow. The star of the Nokia N8 is its ability to capture and share media with a 12-megapixel camera, Xenon flash, Carl Zeiss lens and the ability to capture video in 720p HD resolution as well as share that with an HDMI out connection. It looks like there may be a variant for AT&T and T-Mobile compatibility, though Nokia has yet to announce availability for the US market.
All the other Nokia high-end smartphone features are present, including WiFi B/G/N, Nokia A/V connector via the 3.5 mm port that doubles as a headphone port, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and free turn-by-turn voice guided navigation with OVI Maps.
The Nokia N8 comes preloaded with 16 GB of memory onboard, though total memory can be augmented to 48 GB with a micro SDHC card. The N8 will be available in five different colors.
The device is expected in the third quarter. With Symbian^4 coming in 2011, Nokia hasn’t announced whether Symbian^3 devices like the N8 will be upgradeable. According to a Nokia rep on Twitter, “That’s still to be determined. Symbian^4 is still in development.”