Nokia formally launched the N8 entertainment smartphone

Just got back from the Nokia’s launch of their best entertainment smartphone yet, the N8. One lucky guy was able to win one in a raffle and he would get his on October 23 along with those who pre-ordered the phone. The N8 is slated to be widely available early November.

Nokia N8

The Nokia N8 is an odd-looking phone design-wise with a tapered top and bottom edge. It’s not as sleek as the C7 but is one excellent entertainment phone. Nokia highlighted its HD video recording capabilities on its 12MP camera as well as HD playback with Dolby Digital Surround Sound which you can also hook up to your LCD TV via HDMI cable. I’m really impressed with the clarity and sharpness of its 3.5” AMOLED screen.

It is powered by their latest Symbian^3 OS and the home screens are now highly customizable with lots of widgets and other options. Response isn’t as snappy at times especially when video editing while other apps are open at the same time but overall, the N8 is quite responsive.

Nokia N8

One thing that makes this N8 a remarkable entertainment smartphone is the WebTV apps from channels like E!, BBC and CNN. Also, starting Oct. 23, you can watch episodes on How I Met Your Mother and Gossip Girl through the Solar WatchNow! widget. It’s free from the Ovi store and all you need is a broadband connection.

Just like other Nokia smartphones the Nokia N8 comes with free Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation. The latest version of the Ovi Store will be made available on the N8 first and will give you access to more apps including popular games like Need for Speed Shift and Angry Birds.

If you want to pre-order the Nokia N8, you can do so until Oct. 19 only. Just head to http://www.nokia.com.ph/own8 and pre-order for only Php23,699. If you belong to the first 800 to reserve, you’ll get a free 16GB USB thumb drive.

Nokia N8 Specs:

  • System: GSM/EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Processor: ARM 11 680MHz processor, 3D Graphics HW accelerator
  • OS: Symbian ^3 OS
  • Display: 3.5 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen @ 360×640 pixels
  • Camera: 12MP autofocus camera w/ Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash
  • Standby time: 3G: 400h, GSM: 390h
  • Talk time: 3G: 5.5h, GSM: 12h
  • Storage: 16 GB storage with support of up to 32GB via microSD
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HSDPA 10.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps, GPRS, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Additional Features: FM Radio with RDS, FM transmitter, GPS with AGPS support
  • Battery: 1200mAh Li-Po battery
  • Colors: Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange
  • Price: Php23,699

*via: PinoyTechBlog

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