Nokia N8

Nokia N8
Nokia N8
Nokia N8 (front view).jpg
The Nokia N8 is the first device to run on the Symbian^3 mobile operating system.
Manufacturer Nokia
Series Nseries
Compatible networks
Introductory price 370, INR 21,000[1] ($549; £320)
Availability by country

30 September 2010 (Finland)[2]

22 October 2010 (United Kingdom)
Form factor Slate bar
Dimensions 113.5 × 59 × 12.9 mm (4.47 × 2.32 × 0.51 in)
Weight 135 g (4.8 oz)
Operating system Symbian^3 (Latest Nokia firmware update v025.007)
Memory 256 MB SDRAM[3]
  • 512 MB internal NAND memory; 135 MB available to user
  • 16 GB on-board memory[3]
Removable storage Hot swap microSD; up to 32 GB supported w/ microSDHC support
Battery BL-4D 1200 mAh Li-Ion fixed battery
Data inputs
Display 640 × 360 px (nHD), 3.5" capacitive, multi-touch display with AMOLED technology
Rear camera 12 Megapixels (main) with Carl Zeiss optics and xenon flash, 16:9 720p video with continuous AutoFocus, 30 frame/s
Front camera VGA, for video calling
Ringtones & notifications Nokia Tune
Development status Available 1st October 2010

The Nokia N8 is a Symbian^3 smartphone of the Nokia Nseries and Nokia's flagship device of 2010. It was released on 23 September 2010 at the Nokia Online Store before being released in markets around the world on 1 October 2010.[5] The N8 features a 12 megapixel camera, a pentaband 3.5G radio and image-based gesture recognition. Among the connectivity features are an HDMI output, USB On-The-Go, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.[6]



The N8 became the product with the most customer pre-orders in Nokia's history up to the point of its release.[7] Despite those high pre-order numbers sales for the N8 have been lagging. The device has never been marketed in key markets such as Japan, and in October 2011 sales will be halted in North-America, when Nokia will retire all of its high-priced Symbian models in exchange for a push of its first Windows Phone 7 models.

The previous phone in the Nseries was the N97, which was criticised for its earlier firmware issues. Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's Executive Vice President for Markets, said in an interview that software quality control would be better than for the N97[8] The N8 was the first device to feature the Symbian^3 operating system. Initially scheduled for the second quarter of 2010, the N8 was pushed back to the third quarter,[9] being finally released on 30 September 2010 due to 'final amendments'.

The previous Nokia phone with a focus on photography is the N86 8MP, which has an 8 Megapixel sensor and has been available since June 2009.[10]

The N8 is the second Nokia to have a capacitive touchscreen, following the X6, and the first with multi-touch.[11]



  • Anodised aluminium monocoque case
  • Available in silver white, dark grey, orange, blue, green and pink
  • Size: 113.5 × 59 × 12.9 mm
  • Weight (including battery): 135 g (4.8 oz)
  • Carl Zeiss optic 12 mega pixel resolution



  • 680 MHz ARM11 processor (ARM v6 architecture)
  • 256 MB RAM
  • Broadcom BCM2727 GPU[14] VideoCore III Multimedia Engine with dedicated 3D Graphics HW Accelerator with OpenGL-ES 1.1/2.0 support. 32 Mtriangles/sec[15][16]
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 32 GB


Nokia N8 has dual charging options.[17] It requires either a standard-pin Nokia charger or a 'flat pin' "micro"-USB charger. When connected to a computer or any other electronic device the aforementioned 'flat pin' "micro"-USB connection will also charge the device. Nokia recommends that users only use Nokia specific chargers though the device gets charged with any "micro"-USB chargers.

The Nokia N8's battery is not easily removable or replaceable, which may inconvenience the user in case the device "freezes" or "bricks". Although this procedure is not endorsed by Nokia,[18][19] it is widely reported on the web that the battery actually is replaceable by removing two screws at the lower end of both sides of the phone.[20] Alternatively, in case the phone freezes, users needing to temporarily cut power should keep the power button on the top side pressed for about 8 seconds, which will be followed by the phone vibrating 3 times and will power off and this will reboot the device. In case this still didn't work it means the device probably "bricked", necessitating the user to let the batteries run out before recharging the phone, or to manually remove the battery (not endorsed by Nokia) or to turn the device in at one of the Nokia Care Centres for repairs (as endorsed by Nokia).

  • BL-4D 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery.
  • Standard Nokia 2 mm charger connector
  • Talk-time (maximum):
    • GSM 720 mins
    • WCDMA 350 mins
  • Standby time (maximum):
    • GSM 390 h
    • WCDMA 400 h
  • Video playback time (H.264 720p, 30 fps, maximum): 6.5 h
  • Video recording time (H.264 720p, 25 fps, maximum): 3.5 h
  • Music playback time (maximum): 54 h

Data and connectivity

  • GPRS/EDGE class B, multislot class 33
  • HSDPA Cat9, maximum speed up to 10.2 Mbit/s [21], HSUPA Cat5 2.0 Mbit/s
  • WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • TCP/IP support
  • Capability to serve as data modem
  • Support for MS Outlook synchronization of contacts, calendar and notes
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • HDMI mini C connector
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 Micro USB connector with USB charging
    • USB On-The-Go[22] with built-in support for mass storage devices, HID keyboard, mice, and USB headphones.
  • 3.5 mm Nokia AV connector supporting the connection of hands-free headsets, regular headphones, or a Nokia TV-out cable.
  • FM radio
  • Short range FM transmitter

Operating frequency

  • Quadband GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Pentaband WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • Automatic switching between WCDMA & GSM bands
  • Flight mode



Software platform and user interface

The N8 was the first Nokia smartphone device to run on the Symbian^3 operating system. The latest N8 firmware version is 022.014, and was released July 5, 2011. Newly produced (pink-colored) N8-devices have been reported to be front-loaded with a slightly altered version of the Symbian^3 OS (Symbian Anna). According to Nokia's official blog Symbian Anna will be available for the existing owners of the N8 "by the end of August".[23] As of August 18, 2011, Symbian Anna was made available for download. However, only a limited number of devices could actually be updated. As of September 2011, the majority of the countries still don't have access to the update.[24] On August 24, 2011, Nokia announced that its next update of Symbian^3, Belle, will also be available on the N8, as well as other existing Symbian^3 OS devices. Other software that will work on this mobile phone will be:

  • Java MIDP 2.2
  • Qt (framework) 4.7.3, Web Runtime 7.3
  • Software updates Over the Air (FOTA) and over the internet
  • Flash Lite 4.0[25] (Note: Flash Lite 4 has been made available via partner Calsoft)
  • OMA DM 1.2, OMA


  • Key built in applications include: calendar, contacts, music player, photos, videos, video and photo editors,[26] office document viewers and editors (with new firmware),[27] radio with Radio Data System (RDS) support
  • PC Applications: Nokia Ovi Suite, Nokia Ovi Player
  • Online applications: Nokia Ovi Store, internet, messaging, Ovi Maps, Web TV, Mail


Email and messaging

  • Email client with HTML and attachment support for images, videos, music, and documents
  • Unified mail client for multiple providers: Yahoo! mail, Gmail, Windows Live, Hotmail and other popular POP3/IMAP services, Mail For Exchange, IBM Lotus traveler
  • Support for editing office documents
  • MMS support has Facebook application, twitter, etc.

After the Anna update there is now Communicator support (which is usually reserved for E-Series devices). There is also a new push notification API and a corresponding app.

Sharing and Internet

Browsing and internet

Proprietary web browser, including:

  • Supported protocols: HTTP v1.1, WAP
  • JavaScript, Flash Lite 4.0, and Flash video support
  • RSS reader
  • Social networking profiles visible in phone contacts


  • Integrated GPS, with A-GPS functionality
  • Free voice-guided navigation via OVI Maps Free Lifetime Navigation (not all Navteq maps are available in and/or from all countries; e.g. Japan)
  • Wi-Fi Positioning
  • Electronic compass



Rear view of the Nokia N8 illustrating the 12 megapixel autofocus lens with Carl Zeiss optics and xenon flash

In late 2010, Techradar awarded the N8 to be the best camera phone on the market.[28]

Image capture

  • Geotagging of images and video
  • Face detection software
  • Photo editor


  • Internal mass memory: 16 GB
  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 32 GB
  • Natural hd display
  • Gorilla glass


Video cameras

  • Main camera
    • Video capture in 720p 25 frame/s with codecs H.264, MPEG-4. 30 frame/s with Symbian Anna and a Official Camera Update
    • 3x Smart Digital zoom (it retains the HD quality of video by using its full 12 MP sensor)
    • Stereo microphones
  • Secondary 0.3 megapixel camera for video calls

An update has been released through Nokia's betalabs channel that enables 30 fps videos as well as continuous autofocus (albeit only in close-up mode). The camera UI has received a facelift as well. The update is expected to be available via official channels after the Belle update.

The video-capturing feature is complemented by the HDMI port located on the top side of the phone.

Video sharing and playback

  • 720p video playback through HDMI
  • Support for subtitles in srt format with utf8 encoding
  • Video editing software


  • At the time of its launch in November 2010 the Nokia N8 came with the "Comes With Music" service (also branded "Ovi Music Unlimited") in selected markets. In January 2011, Nokia stopped offering the Ovi Music Unlimited service in 27 of the 33 countries where it was offered. The service is still offered in China, India and Indonesia with a 12-month subscription and in Brazil, Turkey and South Africa with a 6-month subscription. The reason for the closure in a majority of the markets where Ovi Music Unlimited was offered was due to a lack of popularity.[29]
  • Ovi Music store
  • Digital rights management support: Windows Media DRM and OMA DRM 2.0
  • Short range FM transmitter
  • Stereo FM radio (87.5–108 MHz/76–90 MHz) with RDS


The Nokia Mobile TV Headset provides DVB-H TV.[30]

Development support

Applications can be developed using the Nokia Qt framework.[31]


To highlight the capabilities of the Nokia N8 camera, Nokia created a short film, The Commuter, in October 2010. Directed by the McHenry brothers and starring Dev Patel, Ed Westwick, Charles Dance and Pamela Anderson, the seven-minute film was shot entirely on the phone's 720p camera. For the Spanish promotion of the phone they also created a short video featuring luminescent puppets, called Love Knot.

The phone was also used to film Drums of Death's "Won't Be Long" music video.

Using CellScope technology, Nokia also released another film called "Dot" which they marketed to as the world's smallest stop-motion animation character.

The device also appeared on the popular Showtime TV show, "Dexter"[32] as well as the film, "TRON: Legacy".[33]

In Asian countries, it was promoted differently through the fictional character Pier Roxas on Nokia's Project Gener8 by Young & Rubicam Philippines. He also appeared on the GMA talk show Startalk to promote the device.[34]

See also


Nokia N8 Price in India

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