Nokia N8

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Nokia N8
The Nokia N8 is the first device to run on the Symbian^3 mobile operating system
SloganWhat will you do with it?
Compatible networks
Availability by region30 September 2010 (Finland)[1]
22 October 2010 (United Kingdom)
PredecessorNokia N97
Nokia N86 8MP
SuccessorNokia 808 PureView
Nokia N9
Nokia Lumia 800
RelatedNokia E7-00
Form factorSlate bar
Dimensions113.5mm × 59 mm × 12.9 mm (4.47 in × 2.32 in × 0.51 in)
Mass135 g (4.8 oz)
Operating systemSymbian^3, upgradeable to Nokia Belle
Memory256 MB SDRAM[2]
  • 512 MB internal NAND memory; 135 MB available to user
  • 16 GB on-board memory[2]
Removable storageHot swap microSD; up to 32 GB supported w/ microSDHC support
BatteryBL-4D 1200 mAh Li-Ion fixed battery
Display210 ppi pixel density 640 × 360 px (nHD), 3.5" capacitive, multi-touch display with AMOLED technology
Rear camera12.1 megapixels with Carl Zeiss optics and xenon flash, 16:9 720p video with continuous AutoFocus, 30 frame/s
Front cameraVGA, for video calling
Data inputs
Development statusAvailable 1 October 2010, Out of production

The Nokia N8 is a touchscreen-based smartphone developed by Nokia. Announced on 27 April 2010, the Nokia N8 was the first device to run on the Symbian^3 mobile operating system and it was the company's flagship device for the year.[4] It was released on 30 September 2010 at the Nokia Online Store before being released in markets around the world on 1 October 2010.[5] There were two version made, the N8 and the N8-00. The N8 was made for Vodafone and locked to its networks,[6] and the N8-00 was made by Microsoft and open network.[7]

The N8 has a 3.5-inch AMOLED display with 16 gigabytes of mass memory, and features a 12-megapixel camera, the second time a camera of such megapixel count was used (the first one being the Sony Ericsson Satio in 2009) with a Xenon flash (like the Nokia N82) and with a very large 1/1.83" sensor size (larger than most point-and-shoot cameras of the time).[8] It also has 720p HD video recording, a pentaband 3.5G radio, and an FM transmitter. Among the connectivity features are an HDMI output, USB On-The-Go, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.[9]

The N8 was an important device for Nokia in its bid against increasing competition in the smartphone industry, and its revamped Symbian^3 software was also important. The device was delayed several times pushing its release date by several months, which had a negative impact on the company.[10][11] Despite mixed views on the Symbian software, the N8's hardware build and camera quality were very well received, with many calling it the "best camera phone".[12][13] The N8 would also become Nokia's last flagship device running Symbian, due to Nokia Lumia 800 in 2011 which ran on Windows Phone software. The N8's Symbian successor, Nokia 808 PureView, appeared in 2012.[14]


The previous flagship phone in the Nseries was the N97, which was criticised for its initial 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.[15] The N97's reception was highly negative and tarnished the company's image in the market.[16] 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,[17] being finally released on 30 September 2010 due to 'final amendments'. The N8 became the product with the most customer pre-orders in Nokia's history up to the point of its release[18] and sales in Q4 2010 were estimated to be almost 4 million.[19]

The previous Nokia phone with a focus on photography had been the N86 8MP, which has an 8-megapixel sensor and had become available in June 2009.[20]

The N8 was the second Nokia to have a capacitive touchscreen, following the X6, and the first with multi-touch.[21]



  • Anodised aluminium monocoque case
  • Available in silver white, dark grey, orange, blue, green, pink and brown
  • Size: 113.5 mm × 59 mm × 12.9 mm
  • Weight (including battery): 135 g (4.8 oz)
  • Camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 12.1-megapixel resolution



  • 680 MHz ARM11 processor (ARM v6 architecture)
  • 256 MB RAM
  • Broadcom BCM2727 GPU[23] VideoCore III Multimedia Engine with dedicated 3D Graphics HW Accelerator with OpenGL-ES 1.1/2.0 support. 32 Mtriangles/sec[24][25]
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 32 GB

Power and related information[edit]

The Nokia N8 has dual charging options,[26] allowing it to be charged both from a standard-pin Nokia charger, and through the micro-USB port.

The Nokia N8's battery compartment is internally contained and thus the battery is not entirely straightforwardly removable or replaceable by users. Nonetheless, although the procedure is not endorsed by Nokia,[27][28] it is possible with the correct tool and careful handling to change the battery.[29][30]

BL-4D 1200 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

  • Standard Nokia 2 mm charger connector
  • Talk-time (maximum):
  • Standby time (maximum):
  • Video playback time (H.264 720p, 30 fps, maximum): 6.5 h
  • Video recording time (H.264 720p, 30 fps, maximum): 3.5 h
  • Music playback time (maximum): 54 h

Data and connectivity[edit]

Operating frequency[edit]

  • 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[edit]

The N8 was the first Nokia smartphone device to run on the Symbian^3 operating system.[33]

From 7 February 2012, Nokia Belle update was available for N8 through Nokia Suite. In August of that year, Nokia also started to roll out the Nokia Belle Refresh update. This update brought new features to the Symbian Smartphone like HTML 5 web apps support and a new set of home screen widgets.

Other software which will function on the N8 smartphone:


  • Key built in applications include: calendar, contacts, music player, photos, videos, video and photo editors,[35] office document viewers and editors (with new firmware),[36] 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
  • Extra applications: Shazam Music Recognition Service, Joikuspot Free Version (extra applications may be changed/removed in certain regional firmware)


Email and messaging[edit]

  • 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
  • Support for PDF files.
  • MMS support has Facebook application, Twitter, etc.

The Anna operating system update gave Communicator support (which is usually reserved for E-Series devices). There was also a new push notification API and a corresponding app.

Sharing and Internet[edit]

Browsing and Internet[edit]

Proprietary web browser (latest version in Belle v.111.030.0609 official firmware), including:

  • Supported protocols: HTTP v1.1, WAP
  • JavaScript, Flash Lite 4.0, HTML5 and Flash video support (up to 480p)
  • RSS reader
  • Social networking profiles (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) automatically sync with contacts app and updates are 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


Image capture[edit]

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


Video cameras[edit]

  • Main camera
    • Video capture in 720p 30 frame/s (after Belle update) with codecs H.264, MPEG-4. Bitrate hovers around ~13 Mbit/s
    • 3x lossless digital zoom (it retains the HD quality of video by using its full 12 Mpx sensor)
    • Stereo MEMS microphones, records @129kbit/s, 48 kHz sampling rate
  • Secondary 0.3 Mpx(VGA) camera for video calls

The video-capturing feature is complemented by the mini HDMI port located on the top side of the phone, which normally mirrors the phone's screen, but allows for applications (such as the built-in video player, the Nokia Big Screen app and selected games) to output content in resolutions up to 720p. The corresponding cable is provided in the retail box in most regions.

Video sharing and playback[edit]


  • 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.[39]
  • 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.[40]

The Nokia Digital Radio Headset (CU-17a) allows the device to receive DAB and DAB+ transmissions.

Development support[edit]

Applications can be developed using the Nokia Qt framework.[41]


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".[citation needed]

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

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

The device also appeared on the popular Showtime TV show Dexter,[42] and the BBC TV series Hustle, as well as the film TRON: Legacy.[43] It is also the phone Sarah Lund uses in the third series of The Killing.[citation needed]

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.[44]

The "Nokia Shorts 2011" competition involved 8 Short films shot on a Nokia N8. The winner was "Splitscreen: A Love Story".[45]

The independent film Olive, which is the first feature-length film of about 90 minutes to be made entirely with a cell phone, uses the Nokia N8 along with an old-fashioned video camera attachment with a 35 mm lens made exclusively for the device and to trick the audience by not realizing it was made from the Nokia N8.[citation needed]

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