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Nokia N8

The much expected Nokia N8  has been officially launched just now and here is the press release ! The N8 looks really interesting and is the first 12 MP Camera phone from Nokia and the World’s first Symbian^3 Device . Price is just 370 EUR or Rs.22000 approx before taxes. The Finnish company has been hemorrhaging marketshare -- down to 37.4 per cent in the second quarter, from 45 per cent a year earlier -- recently replaced its chief executive and has announced the departures of two key managers.

The N8 represents Nokia’s biggest effort thus far to right the ship. And though it improves on previous offerings, it doesn’t come close to matching the state of the art as defined by Apple Inc’s iPhone 4 and the best devices from Motorola Inc, HTC Corp and Samsung that use Google Inc’s Android operating system.

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash  and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus  surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.

Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.

The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.

The N8’s software, called Symbian3, is an updated version of the software that’s been powering Nokia phones for several years. But “updated” isn’t the same as “up to date,” and while it has some nice touches it’s still behind the times.

When you write an email or send a text message and hold the phone in portrait -- that is, upright -- position, the touchscreen defaults to a telephone-style numeric keypad. For some users, that will be a trip down Wireless-Phone Memory Lane, back to those halcyon days when typing the letter “s” meant hitting the “7” key four times. Most people, however, will likely be annoyed at always having to flip the phone sideways to get a QWERTY keyboard.

Nokia N8 is priced at Mrp. Rs 26,259
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