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Nokia Readies U.S. Launch Of N8 Smartphone

8/18/2010 04:05:00 PM Eastern
White Plains, N.Y. - Nokia's first smartphone based on the company's new Symbian^3 OS will be available in the U.S. as an unlocked phone at the end of September at $549 on the company's website and through CE distributors.

The N8 is a quadband GSM/penta-band HSPA touchscreen phone, enabling operation in 3G HSPA mode on the AT&T and T-Mobile USA 3G bands as well as in foreign 3G bands. It operates in GSM 850/900/1,800/1,900 networks and in HSPA 850/900/1,700/1,900/2,100 networks.

Features include 3.5-inch-wide capacitive OLED touchscreen with 640 by 360 resolution, 16GB of embedded memory plus MicroSD memory slot, 720p video capture, HDMI output, Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, stereo FM tuner, FM transmitter, A/V playback, integrated Facebook and Twitter feeds, and Nokia's free turn-by-turn driving and pedestrian navigation service. The phone also accesses Nokia's Ovi store to download applications and games.

The 12-megapixel main camera features Xenon flash, Carl Zeiss optics, automatic red-eye removal and face-recognition software with autofocus. A secondary camera can be used for AT&T's Video Share video calling.

Video is encoded at 25 fps and decoded at up to 30 fps. Location technologies include GPS, assisted GPS, WLAN location and Cell-ID.

The phone also features on-demand Web TV, with additional channels available through the Ovi store. A unified email client supports Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Windows Live, Hotmail and other POP/IMAP email services, as well as Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus traveler. The phone also supports Microsoft Outlook synchronization of contacts, calendar and notes. The email client supports attached images, videos, music and documents.

 The Symbian^3 OS, compared with the predecessor Symbian^1 OS, adds multiple enhancements, including multi-touch capabilities and support for gestures such as "pinch-to-zoom." Multiple, personalized home screens can be selected by a finger flick, and a new 2D and 3D graphics architecture delivers a faster user interface. The OS also provides more efficient memory management so that more applications can run in parallel for multi-tasking.

  For music playback, the OS offers a cover-flow feature for easier access to albums. An improved photo experience features a large image grid and transition effects, and a streamlined menu structure with far fewer prompts.

 The device is available for preorder by consumers at www.nokiausa.com/n8.
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