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Last Friday I was invited by Nokia Malaysia for a preview session for the upcoming Nokia N8.

There are 10 prototype of Nokia N8 prepared for us to test and explore.


The session was conducted by Mr. Glen Cha, Head of Operative Product Management for Nokia Singapore, Malaysia & Brunei.

Glen introduced a few key features of the Nokia N8 such as Symbian^3, Web TV, Web Browser 7.2 with Flash Lite 4.0 supported, Multiple Homescreens, Visual Multitask and more.



Below are some photos and finding of my first touch of the Nokia N8.

Outlook & Design
Let start with the outlook of Nokia N8.
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*click on images for larger preview*

The Nokia N8 is fully covered by anodized aluminium body in one-piece casing that made it feel sturdy and solid on hand.

As what I've posted previously Why Nokia Would Have One-Piece Concept? The build of one-piece is actually allowed the device to be slimmer and slicker.

Pros
The camera cover seem to be easily scratched due to the curve design.


Screen
The screen size of this device is 3.5" AMOLED 360x640 nHD. The glossy glass with AMOLED screen are very bright and vibrant in colours, a great screen to view HD images & videos.


The capacitive screen is very responsive as compare with Nokia X6.

Pros
Finger magnet screen.


Camera
Nokia N8 has a large camera image sensor which as equivalent to a standalone compact camera. It also paired with a powerful Xenon of fill flash light.


The camera function is as good as a compact digital camera with face detection and as well 720p HD video recording.


Sample photos taken with Nokia N8 without touch up, just resize to 1024px;

9MP, Widescreen Resolution, Without Flash - SAMPLE 1
9MP, Widescreen Resolution, Night Shot, Without Flash - SAMPLE 2
12MP, High Resolution, With Flash - SAMPLE 3

USB On-The-Go
This is something new that brought by Nokia, USB On-The-Go.

As you can see the images below, USB OTG is a function that allow external mass storage devices (eg: Pendrive, Ext. HDD or even phone that support mass storage) to connect with the Nokia N8 that allow files access/transferring.

Pros
Limited to FAT32 format.


Symbian^3
I noticed the Symbian^3 interface is quite similar to S^1 but with a lot improvement in performance and as well UI interactions. Thus users would not be confused or relearn on how to operate.

The respond is fast thanks to it dedicated chipset of video and audio, allow the OS to have better management.

Integration of Facebook & Twitter in phone was found also found in S^3. Web browser 7.2 with Flash Lite 4.0 support was used in this device, it mean more webpages can be view without any 3rd party apps.


Nokia N8 will start available in Malaysia early of October 2010 and there will be 3 colours first to be out which are Dark Grey, Green and Silver, followed by Blue and Orange.

Price: TBA (How much would you pay for this device?)

4 comments

SiMon Har said... @ September 8, 2010 at 11:39 AM

i'm very interested in this phone. been comparing it wit iphone and blackberry. hope it won't be very expensive ~.~

Joshua said... @ September 8, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Outside Malaysia is selling at £289.97 which about RM1.4k +/- before taxes & subsidies. Hopefully it will be sold at RM1.5k and below. :)

Mun Yew said... @ September 9, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Below RM 1.5k sound attractive

Joshua said... @ September 9, 2010 at 11:05 AM

The price still TBA but crossing finger. :)

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