Nokia Unveils First Symbian 3 Smartphone

Posted: May 31, 2010 in News
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Nokia introduced the N8 phone, its first smartphone based on the highly-anticipated Symbian 3 operating system, designed to challenge Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android devices in the high-end handset market.

The Espoo, Finland-based company said the N8 features a 12.0-megapixel lens with Carl Zeiss optics and a Xenon flash to capture photos and record DVD-quality videos, rivaling those found in digital cameras.

The handset can also stream Web TV services, browse social networks and navigate the globe with free mapping software.

Running Nokia’s new Symbian 3 operating system, the N8 has a more responsive and user-friendly interface, faster multi-tasking capabilities and multi-touch functionality with flick scrolling and pinch-zoom options — similar to the iPhone.

Earlier this week, Nokia said the launch of its Symbian 3 phones would be delayed into the third quarter, disappointing many analysts who say the embattled handset maker has fallen behind in the highly-competitive and profitable smartphone sector.

The beleaguered company, which has lacked a top-range model to challenge Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Nexus One devices, is counting on the new software to turnaround its fortunes and regain lost market share.

Nokia said the N8 will be available for $495 in selected markets starting in the third quarter.

Nokia N8 review on GSMARENA

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