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Nokia Launches N8 With a Cinema Screen Stunt

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This little smartphone has much more in mind than making call or serving web pages.

Nokia, still the world's largest phone maker, has launched its new Symbian^3 super device that will go up against the iPhones and Androids in its segment.

While it Symbian^3 may not have the youthful chops of the iOS or Froyo, the latest Nokia N8 handset has some very impressive hardware features.

The camera can capture 12MP images with its Carl Zeiss optics. You can edit photos and videos on-screen on the 3.5-inch AMOLED glass display and choose from multiple ways to share them, as well as transferring them to an external hard-drive with USB-on-the-go.

Besides just being a really decent camera phone, the N8 also features HDMI out so that it can be plugged into an HDTV. The audio outputted supports Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound too.

Nokia did a showoff of this capability and used the N8 to project video onto the world's biggest cinema screen. The screen, which measured 1428m2 (width 51m and height of 28m) was hit with light from four 140kg projectors, which were hooked up to a N8 as the media player.

Nokia Launches its N8 on a Cinema Screen

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    guzz46 , October 1, 2010 11:19 AM
    12mp camera with Xenon flash, 720p video recording, 720p TV-out via HDMI and composite, Dolby Digital Plus surround sound when played through HDMI & a home theatre, FM transmitter, USB plug & play, pretty good specs by any standards.

    And apple & android aren't dominating the market, in america maybe but not globally, Nokia's global device market share is estimated to be between 33% & 41%
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    alyoshka , October 1, 2010 11:23 AM
    welshmousepkDoes anyone care about Nokia anymore?...

    Certainly..........
    Direct Quote.... "Nokia, still the world's largest phone maker, has launched its new Symbian^3 super device that will go up against the iPhones and Androids in its segment." Huva Vittoo.... :) 
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    welshmousepk , October 1, 2010 10:16 AM
    Does anyone care about Nokia anymore?...
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    mayankleoboy1 , October 1, 2010 10:17 AM
    nokia, you are NOT welcome to the smartphone party
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    N.Broekhuijsen , October 1, 2010 10:22 AM
    was just checking this phone out on some other hardware sites, and tbh, the specs of it are not all that impressive... and then it's price tag is much higher than that of most decent andriod phones, and then this doesnt even have android....

    quite dissapointed already
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    mauller07 , October 1, 2010 10:32 AM
    3.5in AMOLED and a mini HDMI out sound nice, but the whole 12mp camera and carl zeiss lense is such a gimmick.
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    Anonymous , October 1, 2010 10:59 AM
    You apple fanboys are weird.
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    welshmousepk , October 1, 2010 11:00 AM
    Someone from Nokia PR is being paid to come here and thumb down negative comments.

    Seriosuly, Nokia no longer matters. with Apple and Android dominating the market, Nokia no longer matters. until they seriously catch up, no one is gonna care.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , October 1, 2010 11:08 AM
    FunnehYou apple fanboys are weird.

    DUDE, we are not apple fanbois. I for one am probably the biggest apple hater on the planet! I am just critical about my gadgets! Im pretty sure none of those comments come from apple fanbois, and you, are not funneh!

    and whats with all the downthumbing?
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    sharpless78 , October 1, 2010 11:15 AM
    xbeater: android fanboi then.
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    sharpless78 , October 1, 2010 11:16 AM
    welshmousepkDoes anyone care about Nokia anymore?...


    Yes, but I'm waiting for them to release their N9.
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    guzz46 , October 1, 2010 11:19 AM
    12mp camera with Xenon flash, 720p video recording, 720p TV-out via HDMI and composite, Dolby Digital Plus surround sound when played through HDMI & a home theatre, FM transmitter, USB plug & play, pretty good specs by any standards.

    And apple & android aren't dominating the market, in america maybe but not globally, Nokia's global device market share is estimated to be between 33% & 41%
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    alyoshka , October 1, 2010 11:23 AM
    welshmousepkDoes anyone care about Nokia anymore?...

    Certainly..........
    Direct Quote.... "Nokia, still the world's largest phone maker, has launched its new Symbian^3 super device that will go up against the iPhones and Androids in its segment." Huva Vittoo.... :) 
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    SchizoFrog , October 1, 2010 11:46 AM
    I've been waiting for this to launch since it was first announced. The main decider for me will be the OS and support which will not really be put to the test until a couple of weeks the devices are actually launched.

    With a less than 1Ghz processor it may well not be as snappy as some others but as long as it is not sluggish I won't mind as this will lead to a much longer battery life.

    As for those complaining about price. The N8 16GB version is £419.99 for the off contract phone. Now compare that to the iPhone 4 16GB version and it's £549.99 price tag.

    Yes there ahs been a lot of developement with Andriod and such but to me, so far the recent competition has seemed a little stale. I'm hoping that Nokia and it's new open source Symbian^3 OS will bring new life back to this market.
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    Vladislaus , October 1, 2010 11:59 AM
    schizofrogI've been waiting for this to launch since it was first announced. The main decider for me will be the OS and support which will not really be put to the test until a couple of weeks the devices are actually launched.With a less than 1Ghz processor it may well not be as snappy as some others but as long as it is not sluggish I won't mind as this will lead to a much longer battery life. As for those complaining about price. The N8 16GB version is £419.99 for the off contract phone. Now compare that to the iPhone 4 16GB version and it's £549.99 price tag.Yes there ahs been a lot of developement with Andriod and such but to me, so far the recent competition has seemed a little stale. I'm hoping that Nokia and it's new open source Symbian^3 OS will bring new life back to this market.

    The problem isn't just in the clock speed of the CPU. The cpu is based on an "old" architecture. The CPU is an ARM11 when it should have been a Cortex. I dislike Apple, but buying the Iphone 4 is a better deal that this phone, it has a faster CPU/GPU and a much better screen. The only good thing in the N8 is the camera.
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    jossrik , October 1, 2010 12:14 PM
    I think it would have been cooler if everyone had to huddle around the phone to hear the movie.
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    jojesa , October 1, 2010 12:54 PM
    I haven't had a Nokia phone in a while.
    But this is a move in the right direction....we have to like rivalry.
    Competition is always good for us the costumers.
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    Tamz_msc , October 1, 2010 1:00 PM
    Nokia may be lagging behind in the high end smartphone market, but globally it still rules the entry-level and mid-range categories, and appeals to people who want a budget, straightforward and no fuss smartphone.
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    cinergy , October 1, 2010 1:21 PM
    N8 is a great device. Been playing it around for awhile already.
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    Sardaukarz , October 1, 2010 1:51 PM
    If the OS is as crappy as it is for the N97 witch bugs all the time, well I maintain my postion : the N97 was the last Nokia phone I buy in a while...
    Looking for an Android powered device...
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    culgor , October 1, 2010 3:15 PM
    welshmousepkSomeone from Nokia PR is being paid to come here and thumb down negative comments.Seriosuly, Nokia no longer matters. with Apple and Android dominating the market, Nokia no longer matters. until they seriously catch up, no one is gonna care.


    Your comments are being thumbed down because they lack any useful information. More vendors, creating more smart phones, means more competition for our smart phone dollars. More competition means we all get better products.
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    technosavvysi , October 1, 2010 3:19 PM
    Wow, I was expecting much more intelligent comments considering this is a tech site. AMOLED is THE BEST screen you can get for smartphones. The image quality is INCREDIBLE. HDMI out is a tremendous feature since just about every household in USA has an HDMI tv now. USB output is great for actually printing the photos. The Carl Zeiss lens is one of the best in the world, and 12MP means you can output 11x14 prints with ease. Nokia is THE largest cell phone manufacturer in the world and being last one in isn't always a negative. Compare this to automakers around the world. When Japan started making cars they didn't start with a model T. The Japanese were able to produce great vehicles because they didn't have to start from scratch. They had all of the mistakes the US automakers to learn from without having to make the mistakes themselves. The same thing helped the Korean automakers when they started exporting cars. So Nokia has taken the experience of Apple and Android smart phone manufacturers and come up with a first generation phone that would be greeted with awe if users hadn't become so jaded. I own a iPhone 4 but if I didn't I would absolutely get myself an N8. This is a fantastic phone that intelligent users recognize as having high end hardware with all the features a 'power user' needs. Other than the speed of the processor there is very little that can be labeled a negative for this phone. However, since this is an ARM 11 and not an Arm Cortex A8 processor so the speed of the processor may be misleading. All in all the comments here were surprising for their lack of tech savvy and knowledge of Nokia. Expected much more from a technology website. Comments were more on par with what I would expect on a Best Buy website.
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