Nokia Singapore invited a few of us to their office to showcase the Nokia N8. For some of the bloggers who had been to Nokia Connection a few months ago, they have already seen the device. However, this preview allow us to touch and play with it and Nokia has arranged 2 product managers around to answer our queries.
The moment I held the device, it fitted quite nicely to my hand. Although I must say it is on the heavier side of some touchscreen models, it has the specs that literally blows you away. It has a 12-MegaPixels camera with F2.8 Carl Zeiss, Xenon Flash, video capture at 720p and it runs on the latest Symbian ^3 OS.
Here is the look of the back of the Nokia N8.
As mentioned, it has a powerful camera and flash unit. Here is a close up.
The body of this Nokia N8 is in Aluminum and only the top and bottom part is plastic. BTW, it has a built in battery.
Here is how it looks when I open up the HDMI connector port cover.
On the side, it has the dedicated camera button and the volume up/down button and another slider button that is used to trigger the lock screen function. After checking with Gary (Nokia Product Manager), I was told that the screen saver (it is actually a clock face) will not shut off and will not consume a lot of power. It is one of the unique feature of this Nokia N8. Nevertheless, you can change the setting to disable the screen saver. I did not explore that.
On the other side, it has the slot for the SIM card and MicroSD card and a MicroUSB port for charging and data transfer.
Close up of the SIM card cover.
And here is how it looks after the covers were opened.
The cover for the SIM card and MicroSD card is not easy to open. Watch this video.
I did a small hardware tour for Nokia N8.
While trying out the phone, I did a few more videos on them.
Walkthrough of some phone features/functions (not much as the time is limited)
I also did a video on the Camera. Nokia N8 has multiple face detection and also built in photo editor to perform simple editing.
We were shown a few slides and I was quite surprised when the slide showed that Nokia has a presence of 43.5% market share globally when compared to the rest of the OS.
Nokia has also been working with a few local companies with apps for them. Examples are Makansutra and L.S. Magazine.
Next, the highlight of the evening is the HDMI output to a big TV set.
Close up of the menu.
And one of the features of the phone is watching streaming video. Here is how it looks like.
Finally, some pictures taken by Nokia N8 was displayed on the big TV screen via HDMI output.
The video output from the Nokia N8 to the TV via HDMI is very smooth and I could not detect the slightest delay. Here is the video of the HMDI output.
The Nokia N8 will be launched in Singapore in September. There will be a few colors to choose from.
Some other views.
And from Nokia Singapore, The Orange color will not be available when Nokia N8 is launched initally. However it will be available later on.
The Lime Green color
That is all for the coverage. Hope that you enjoy it.