Despite its relatively small presence in the US, overseas cellphone giant Nokia can still design a heck of a phone, with its latest top-of-the-line model, the Symbian^3-powered N8, finally getting its first official release date: September 30th. That according to Tapani Kaskinen, Nokia’s Senior Comms Manager, who was quoted by Finnish newspaper Kauppalehti as saying that “advance orders begin shipping 30 September” (via Google Translation) for 499 euros (~$642).
Besides its class-leading 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 25fps video capture at 720p, the N8 boasts the still-rare Bluetooth 3.0 spec, HDMI-out, and support for five separate 3G bands to ensure compatibility with almost any network. Also on board are Nokia’s favored nHD (640 x 360) capacitive AMOLED at 3.5 inches, 16GB of internal storage (buoyed by a 32GB-capable microSD slot), Flash Lite 4.0, and a handy FM transmitter.
Early reviews of the N8 have not been totally positive, with respected blogger Eldar Murtazin noting that Symbian^3 is feeling dated with Symbian^4 and MeeGo right around the corner. It certainly doesn’t help matters that the N8 was delayed a full quarter from its original release window — just ask Sony Ericsson how customers react to the delay of highly-anticipated hardware.