Nokia N8 smartphone to sell for $749 on all carriers

The handset is the first from Nokia to feature the company's new Symbian^3 operating system

Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia this morning revealed it would sell its flagship N8 handset through all of Australia’s three major mobile telcos — Telstra, Optus and VHA — for $749 up-front from 1 November.

The handset is the first from Nokia to feature the company’s new Symbian^3 operating system, which includes a number of major upgrades allowing users to use multi-touch on its screen — delivering the ability to scroll through flicking one’s fingers on the screen, and pinch to zoom in. Other features of the new O/S include memory management — allowing faster multi-tasking — and multiple home screens.

The N8 will be the last in Nokia’s N-series line to run Symbian, however — with future devices to run the company’s new MeeGo platform, which it is currently developing with Intel.

The phone features a 12 megapixel camera with optics from specialist lens company Carl Zeiss, the ability to be connected to a home theatre system from a HDMI output and the ability to record high-definition video at 720p. A second VGA camera on the phone’s front allows video calling, and sound can be exported in Dolby Digital Plus.

The screen is a 3.5″ AMOLED capacitative display at a resolution of 640×360, and an accelerometer is included so that users can view the display in landscape or portrait mode, and a USB connector so that files can be stored on it. The device has 512MB of internal memory, as well as 16GB of on-board memory.

From a connections point of view the device will support most anything — from the HSDPA networks to quadband GSM — including Telstra’s 850MHz Next G network. And the device also supports Wi-Fi in the 802.11b/g/n standards, as well as Bluetooth 3.0 and more.

Nokia has worked with partners to develop a number of Australian applications specifically for the local launch of the phone — such as weather forecasting applications Coastalwatch and the Weather Channel, as well as news from Fairfax publications such as the Sydney Morning Herald, and even a wine rating service Corkscore.

“The Nokia N8 is the first step in our aggressive renewal of our smartphone range,” said Nokia Australia’s managing director Emile Baak. “We decided to stretch the boundaries of what consumers can do with a smartphone and at the same time, make it accessible to everyone at a price point that won’t break the bank.”

The news comes as Australia is currently being flooded with a wave of smartphones — and soon, tablets — based on Google’s Android platform, which Nokia has eschewed. In addition, Microsoft last week launched a number of Windows Phone 7 handsets locally from many of the same manufacturers that are also supporting Google.

And Apple’s iPhone 4 is also believed to still be selling well — with some retailers having had problems keeping the handset in stock after its launch earlier this year.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobile phonesNokia N8Nokiasmartphones

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Renai LeMay

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?