Nokia N8 Review – Extensive Features & Tech Specifications

Posted May 6, 2010 by Chaos Inc. in Specs






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Operating System: Symbian OS Anna, S^3. Firmware modifications are also possible unofficially.
Camera: 12 MP, 4000x3000 pixels max resolution, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus with Xenon flash. Includes 720p HD recording capability at 25fps.
GPS: A-GPS with OVI Maps 3.0 built in.
Memory: 512 ROM, 16GB in built and the micro SD card is expandable up to 32GB.
Sensors: Proximity sensor, accelerometer.
Display: 3.5 inches of Corning Gorilla Glass with a display resolution of 360 x 640 pixels with a 2.144:1 contrast ratio.
Data Capability: HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps. 3G, 2.5G Edge, WAP, GPRS etc
WIFI: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, UPnP technology
Phone Type: Touchscreen
Hardware Details: 680 MHz ARM 11 CPU, 256MB of RAM.
Weight: 135 g
Dimension: 113.5 x 59.1 x 12.9 mm, 86 cc
Talk Time: Up to 12 h (2G) / Up to 5 h 50 min (3G)
Music Playback: Up to 50 h
Stand By: Up to 390 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
Extras: 3.0 A2DP Bluetooth, ND Filters and lots more.
Speciality: ,


Fantastic 12MP Carl Zeiss Camera, with high end specs including an on-board graphic accelerator.


General Symbian OS issues and it is a pricey device.
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Finally after all the speculations about whether this monstrous smartphone actually existed – Nokia have finally announced the confirmation of its new generation power device – the Nokia N8! The Nokia N8 boasts some extremely powerful and exciting new features including a revamped Symbian v3 Operating System, an option to record 720p based High Definition […]

by Chaos Inc.
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Finally after all the speculations about whether this monstrous smartphone actually existed – Nokia have finally announced the confirmation of its new generation power device – the Nokia N8! The Nokia N8 boasts some extremely powerful and exciting new features including a revamped Symbian v3 Operating System, an option to record 720p based High Definition (HD) video with Dolby Digital Surround Sound and HDMI Output, an unbelievable and off the hook quality 12 megapixel camera (which presently has the world’s biggest sensor ever to be installed on any smartphones!!) supported by an auto focus lens & a Xenon flash, a 680MHz CPU with a hardware accelerated 3D graphics engine and 256MB of RAM! Obviously it has all the other features that you usually find in any of the high end N-Series devices like Voice Assisted Gps, WiFi, 3G, lots of space (16GB memory is built in & it is expandable to 32GB) etc.  This powerful device sure packs a lot more beef than any of its existing cousins for the tagged price $485 (in USD) or 370 Euro!

Featured Highlights:

Series 60 Symbian ^3 OS – The brand new OS of the Nokia N8 may come as a surprise to many and I am sure that most of us will wonder if the upgrade was wise or will it kill the speed down of the operating system. Let me tell you that the new Nokia Symbian OS v3 looks really great all around with many combined features of the Apple iPhone OS and the popular Google Android OS built in. The new Symbian ^3 brings in the power of running multiple custom sized home screen widgets at the same time which is similar to that of the Maemo OS of Nokia’s own N900. With an interface like that of the Google Android OS and pointers like that of the iPhone, the circle indicators at the bottom of the home screen points to which screen you are on! There are a total of 3 home screens that can be set in Nokia N8. Nokia have also streamlined the main OS menu navigation and have upgraded the image viewer to include a grid based navigational structure with smooth transitional effects. The new Symbian OS ^3 also includes an iTunes like cover flow display for all your songs and the video player comes with HD video recording as default!

N8 - Color Options

N8 – Color Options

An Exceptional Camera – The N8 bangs with A 12 Mega pixel Carl Zeiss Optics based camera with a Xenon Flash and an auto focus lens. That means that the Nokia N8 can take pictures of up to a maximum 4000 pixels x 3000 pixels. The camera comes with a built in auto focus feature to automatically optimize any image so that your images don’t end up being in a blur. However, to give you a better understanding of how good this particular 12MP camera is on its own let us consider the tech specs of the N8 camera. This Carl Zeiss wide angel camera has a focal length of 5.9 mm which turns around to 28mm wide angel optics or the effective focal length and has an aperture value of f/2.8. The ISO value of the camera is measured to be at ISO 1200 and can shoot at nHD 16:9 resolutions. The Nokia N8 uses a 1/2 inch CMOS sensor which is 30% larger than most compact digital cameras and it comes with max shutter speed of 1/1000.

N8 12MP Camera and Xenon Flash

N8 12MP Camera and Xenon Flash

One of the most important factor that determines a camera’s performance is actually measured by its sensor ratio. The higher the result of the sensor ratio – the better the image quality. That means the lower the value in the divisor – the better the camera will perform. Most digital cameras comes with a sensor of 1/2.33. In terms of performance the lower the value in the denominator the better the sensor is, the less the image noise will be and the better a camera actually performs in real life. Badabing Badabang and the sensor ratio which Nokia N8 packs is a super impressive 1/1.83!! As of now the Nokia N8 is using the biggest sensor that has been ever put into a mobile! If this is right then the Nokia N8 will be able to take pictures almost as good as the pricey Nikon Coolpix P5000 which has a similar sensor ratio to Nokia N8 i.e. 1/1.8.

To give you an even easier summary of Nokia N8’s amazing camera in terms of performance and quality let us compare it against some existing camera focused smartphones and even against some dedicated digital cameras – the Nokia 8MP N86, the Samsung Pixon 12 MP and the Sony Ericsson Satio all have a sensor ratio of 1/2.5, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz has a sensor ratio of 1/3.2. The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W80, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, Canon PowerShot A570 IS has a sensor ratio of 1/2.5! Almost all the regular Kodak Coolpix Digital Cameras or Nikon Point & Shoot Digital SLR Cameras have a sensor value of 1/2.33.

Here are some of the sample images that were taken by the Nokia N8 camera. (Please click the images to view a larger version!) I am sure that you will be astonished at their high clarity and unbelievably good quality.

Image quality of the Nokia N8 Camera:

N8 Camera Quality

N8 Camera Quality

N8 Camera Quality

N8 Camera Quality

N8 Camera Quality

N8 Camera Quality

The camera also has some built in added functions that are generally found on digital cameras. These functions include Geotagging and a Face/Smile Detection Shutter. Beside taking some exceptional photos the Nokia N8 camera can also record video in HD format of up to 720 p at 25 frames per second. It also has a built in LED back light that optimizes video recording under low light conditions. Also, there is a secondary VGA camera for video calling. Want to see how exceptionally the camera actually is in terms of video recording?

Check out this video below to see the actual quality of the video recording through a Nokia N8. I had to reduce the video size by 90% to actually be able to show you this because in 720p HD, 1 minute of video equals to 178MB!! The quality of the has not been altered in any way, it is only converted to FLV format:

Video quality of the Nokia N8:

Physical Dimensions & Display – The N8 has a volume of about 113.5 x 59.1 x 12.9 mm, 86 cc. It weighs about 135 G (with the battery intact) and comes with 4 rounded rectangle corners for both comfort and style. The phone is also quite nicely protected by the rugged E71-like aluminum case which ensures a longer operation life of the phone in general. The 3.5 inch scratch resistant touchscreen display of the phone thankfully is not TFT based, rather it is powered by an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that can yield 16M colors and supports multiple touch inputs exactly like that of the iPhone. With no other physical input methods like QWERTY or Keypads present – the smooth transition of its touch operation is one thing that needed to be up to the highest standard and thankfully it is! The display is based on the standard 360×640 pixel ratio of S60 9.4 OS devices and includes a proximity sensor for automatic turn off, handwriting recognition system and an accelerometer for auto rotation in landscape mode.

N8 Display and Homescreen Widgets

N8 Display and Homescreen Widgets

Primary Hardware – The N8 is powered by the ARM 11 680 MHz CPU processor alongside an Open GL 2.0 supported 3D Graphics Hardware Accelerator. The Nokia N8 comes with a built in 16 GB of internal memory, 256 Megabytes of RAM based memory and an additional 512 MB of Read Only Memory (ROM). It also includes a microSD slot for memory expansion of up to 32 GB. The N8 supports all major GSM & CDMA networks including GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 2100 /1900 based telecom providers.

N8 Back Side

N8 Back Side

GPS, Data & Networking – N8 comes with voice Assisted GPS (or A-GPS) support built in. The N8 also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connections with UPnP technology based wireless connections. There is a 3G modem for fast HSDPA internet connectivity that can transfer data at a maximum speed 10.2 Mbps. It also supports HSUPA networks of a maximum data transfer rate of 2.0 Mbps. The standard EDGE, GPRS, WAP based modem connections are obviously all supported as well.

Nokia N8 Blue and Silver

Nokia N8 Blue and Silver

Slots, Ports & Expansion – The N8 includes the encoding/decoding of Dolby Digital Plus audio and can route the music along with the HD video to any Television that supports HDMI (or to any other HDMI composite player) based connectivity. This means that the Dolby HDMI connection can channel audio up to 2.1 surround speaker systems. The Nokia N8 also includes a version 2.0 micro USB port, an A2DP supported bluetooth which also features a direct output. It has a standard 3.5mm audio jack for wired based direct audio output. It also has a Stereo FM Radio player & transmitter (RDS) which can export music through the very same port to any headphones or any stereo supported speaker systems. Lastly, another smart feature of the N8 is the SIM Card slot which is located just below the USB slot on the side.

Nokia N8 Golden Yellow

Nokia N8 Golden Yellow

Power Consumption – The Nokia N8 supports battery charging through a standard 2mm USB connector  which I personally think is yet another smart & thumbs up feature of the phone. N8 comes with a standard 1200mAH Li-Po battery (aka BL – 4D) which can serve talk time up to 12 hours & 30 min in 2G mode and up to a maximum of 5 hours & 30 minutes in 3G mode. The music play time for the N8 is estimated to be 50 hours straight. The standby time of the battery in 2G mode is up to 390 hours whereas it is 400 hours in 3G mode.

N8 Album Art Coverflow

N8 Album Art Coverflow

N8 Front

N8 Front

Awesome New Extras – The N8 comes with the Flash Lite 4.0 player and it is also QT compatible! It has a built in digital compass, a brand new face recognition system, 3 home screen widgets etc. The N8 includes a TV app for watching on demand Web TV on the HD compatible N8. The SMS messages in the Messaging menu are displayed in ‘Threaded SMS‘ style. Also, as mentioned above, the new transparent media player displays album artwork in an iTunes style ‘cover-flow‘ format when you are playing a track or a playlist.

Standard Features – The upgraded media player for the playback of MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ files. The media player also supports video playback for MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV video file formats. It has an office document viewer, comes with OVI Maps 3.0 for voice assisted GPS navigation, includes a video and image editor among other things. The S60 ^3 internet browser supports all major web formats like HTML, SWF etc while the messaging system supports sending and receiving of regular SMS, MMS, E-Mail messages etc. It also supports push e-mail servers! The phone comes with an unlimited support for displaying contacts/messages/logs etc.

Color Options – You can choose your N8 from over 5 different color combination which includes Dark Grey, Silvery White, Green, Blue and Orange. From the looks of it my favorite so far is the Silvery White one – so damn elegant!

Nokia N8 Retail Pack

Nokia N8 Retail Pack

Nokia N8 Retail Box Contents – The Nokia N8 retail box includes a bunch of stuff in it. Beside the obvious Nokia N8 smartphone aka mobile computer there is a BL-4D Li-Po battery, a CA-179 connectivity cable, a branded Nokia stereo headset (WH-701), a AC-15 travel charger, a CA-156 HDMI cable, an USB cable (OTG CA-157), an optional SU-36 stylus (varies by countries) and a quick start guide.

Nokia N8 Silver

Nokia N8 Silver

Nokia N8 Gallery:

Here are a few shots of the Nokia N8 from all sides to show you all the extras, slots and ports that are on the phone.

N8 HDMI Port

N8 HDMI Port

N8 Bottom Ports

N8 Bottom Ports

N8 Back Side

N8 Back Side

N8 Black

N8 Black Front

N8 Right Side

N8 Right Side

N8 Front

N8 Front

N8 Front Focused

N8 Front Focused

Nokia N8 Front Color Options

Nokia N8 Front Color Options

N8 Physical Dimensions

Nokia N8 Physical Dimensions

Prices in Different Countries – The N8 is expected to be priced at around $480 in the USA (in US dollars), €370 Euro in most of Europe, £324 GBP in the UK, about $490 in Canada (in Canadian Dollars), Rs. 22000 in India, $530 in Australia (in Australian Dollars), RM1540 in Malaysia and BDT 32000 in Bangladesh.

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About the Author

Chaos Inc.

Hi, I am Ishtiaq and I'm the blogger of Nokia Symbian Themes. I have been a mobile enthusiast all my life so any questions you have regarding your mobile - I'm the person to ask.


  1. hanson akano

    asearch everything a’ve got in mind i think is the best fone,bt having a problem with my social networks! am unable to open the social! What could be the cost?

  2. monjur alam rumel

    Nokia n8 phn is very good.Bangladesi der jonno bolte c ektu deke sune nien.

  3. mukesh singh

    what is the price of nokia n 8 tuch price ?

  4. Suraj CMR

    Superv…. Camera quality, and its musical out put is really good other than phones..

  5. thank 4 ur review sir!!

  6. damo

    why the hell dont all countries ship the item with a pda pen? what does it cost them? 5p? i have to buy 1 at £5 but it comes free in some areas!!! im in uk, should it of been in the box?


  7. adewumi

    video recording & pictures are excellent but fails to manipulate or reflex tv iplayer like iphone & samsung legacy.any solution to this or needed any stuff to download.advice pl’s.

  8. manu

    Even i have one but there is a big problem. Once u delete Ovi store or hard reset it Ovi store cant be reinstalled. Please help!!!!

  9. CJ

    This is one of the best phone ever released. Would’ve being better on Android, anyways this phones rocks better than some 4G phones I ve seen.

  10. shammy

    oh i have this ph. and its really wow…… camera quality is good… you can convert it into anroid also by installing spb shell… i love my n8…… great ….. love u nokia

  11. The N8 is a great phone, I love the quality of materials and of course his wonderful camera (nice photos here btw). the features that I like the most are that it can read USB memory and the FM transmitter.
    But I’m not too sure about the good performance of the new Symbian OS, especially when it comes to the performance of the touch screen.

  12. Jonny

    How can I get to read grid references and longitude latitude on my Nokia N7 for South Afica. I know there is a program in UK, but not for South Africa. Please help…….outdoor enthusiast

  13. How much this cell phone costs here in India or also in Australia?

  14. rishabh

    camera quality is nt so gud



  16. Pedi

    Is it Made in Finland fully?

  17. John

    OMG……… I was about to cry out inmediatly I saw the entire page……. I want it….. I love it…… my last one was nokia N95 8g… rocks…they stole it…. but this one is amazing… and is going to be my next one…… I can’t wait!!!!

  18. dima

    I still can’t believe that I have this phone . . . AMAZING 😀

  19. Ravi1in

    Nokia .. rockkkkkkssssss …………………………….

  20. Realy its a Great invention og nokia

  21. Realy this is a gr8 invention of NOKIA…………

  22. Realy this is an amazing product of NOKIA………

  23. V900

    Bah… Besides the dog-ugly and vastly outclassed UI, the N8 offers little of interest. Most of its hardware is a generation too old, compared to the Iphone 4, or new Android handsets…

    Let’s look at the N8 specs vs. modern phones.

    CPU: Nokia used an OLDER generation of ARM CPU, compared to the ARM Cortex-based competetors.
    On top of that, the N8 uses a 680 mhz CPU, compared to the gigaherz, and faster, CPUs in HTCs, Motorola and Samsungs devices.

    Screen: N8 has a medium res 640*360 screen, while Apple has its Retina display, and HTC and Samsung use a 800*480 display.

    Memory: N8 has a paltry 256 MB of memory, while pretty much all older Android handsets has around double of that. Newer handsets has 1 GB of memory.

    Connections: Nokia fanbois keep talking about the HDMI port on the N8, old news… HTC, Samsung and LG are all using a wireless DLNA connection.

    Batterylife: Similar, despite how powerefficient Symbian is supposed to be…

    Pretty much the only area where the N8 has an advantage is with its camera, which of course would be great if the camera was the only feature, that buyers consider. Which it isn’t.

  24. logan

    pretty happy with my new n8. touch screen is really nice, looks a little different than my old unlocked gsm phones but that’s ok. pretty happy with it. processor is faster and it’s great for my business in every way. not as much fun as my old unlocked iphones but i can’t complain. wifi and gps are great for getting around and helping me meet my deadlines. cant complain. also pretty great games in there I guess, for when i’m on the road. my wife loves hers for the facebook and camera and recorder to get all our little kids precious moments. texting and emailing can be a little difficult sometimes i’m used to having a keyboard i can push. but we got our blackberry unlock codes and htc unlocking for free so that’s nice! got our last couple nokia n8’s at 2 thumbs way up

  25. Rishi

    Great Phone. But don’t know why Nokia is launching phones which always lack some features.
    N8 lacks an integrated QWERTY keypad(I don’t like on-screen QWERTYs)
    N900 lacks a higher resolution camera(should be at least 8MP) and a Xenon flash.
    E7(which looks like the brother of N8) lacks a MMC slot. MMC makes data portable.(4GB is enough)
    And many more new phones lack something or the other.
    Currently I’m using N73 which, when launched, has all featured components available at that time.
    After N73, no featured smartphones were launched. Now my n73 is in its last stage. I’m waiting for Nokia to launch a true MONSTER.

  26. Nokia N8 correct price with tax 23k. because other more option is better then N8 for example Today
    Dual Sim Phone are very Popular & other cheap phones available in the markets. (SAMSUNG, MICRO MAX, SPICE & MANY MORE.

  27. NOYON

    it’s a wonderful product of nokia i am dreaming when will i get the set….:)

  28. tabrez

    what will be price of n8 in Bangladesh

  29. Devender

    8th wonder in our hands

  30. Dr.Tek

    It looks like the estimated price of $485 was off quite a bit. has them on preorder for $549. I’d say $64 is quite a bit of change.

  31. mustafa

    what about the volume of ring tone ?

  32. krish

    i found all nokia with good features but On typying msg in d msg box cursor should move easily from any point upwards n download but it lacks this in n series.

  33. topdrive

    N8 is ultimate device it is the best n series device till date with excellent vfm and with top of the line features which some of high end devices like androids and iphones dont have.It is a device which even non nokia fan would has set new standards in mobile arena.

  34. mico-bugija

    does any one know if the camera lens scratch resisant??

  35. Raed

    it sounds like a very high end moblie , however i did not like the fact that nokia uses Symbian ^3 for the first time in this mobile when the new MeeGo O.S. is expected to be used in the N9 (which is expected to be sold in 2011) , i did not see many new/outstanding features in Symbian ^3 … which is compared to the iphone OS or samsung BADA kind of old fation…
    ANYWAY i tend to by the phone cause the camera sounds great but hate the fact that in less than a year the N9 with the new MeeGo OS will be lunched …

  36. mundi

    The best and coolest phone made ever. No comparison with IPHONE. IPHONE is featureless..just touch device. No good features in IPHONE.

    Eagerly waiting for N8 to release so that i can own one.

  37. nic

    heyy.. this is honestly my favorite phone in the world.. im obsessing over it like its no ones business 😛
    i know every single spec on it..
    anywho, the big question of the day is if you know if it is being released in canada, and if so, then when and if it’ll be on the store and/or a particular canadian service provider.
    its really important that i get this question answered.
    thanks alot! 🙂

  38. jon

    this is the most coolest n series!

  39. chiduprakash

    Very Nice review and the stuffs explained well.

    Review tells only positive ones. And does not tells any missing things in the phone like PTT etc.

  40. if am i buy a new mobile?
    Only nokia n8… This is the most usefull mobile phone in world

  41. im planning To Buy This 1 soon.

  42. bushra

    me sell my mobile n8, complte saman , only 15 thousand, contact mi on this number 021-37808220 bushra,
    condition ix clear

  43. johnzeliang

    I can appreciate the still photos but the video is awsome. I don’t think any other mobile can beat it for some times to come. Real amazing.

  44. i was a sony ericsson fan before i see nokia n8. its really awesome . 12mp cam & 16gb inbuilt memory . i just compare Nokia N8 vs Sony Ericsson satio . its N8 is UPPPPPPPPP

  45. Hello Eveyone!!!

    Can anybody please tell me its “”actual””( I want yhe real and actual) price of Nokia n8 in PAKISTAN………..And 1 more thing……..Which oh the 5 colours of tne mobile iZ perfect for a Sportsman……….?????

    • syed Daniyal

      real price of nokia N8 is 45000.
      silver colour is best, as a sportsman and local use.
      This phone release in july

  46. HDMI port? Are you kidding me? And 12MP camera… Its… beyond awesome, or maybe not.

    Nokia is the best at making phones IMO. I never liked SE because the shape is pretty same on every model. And I don’t see anything new in their phones.

  47. “It also has a built in LED back light that optimizes video recording under low light conditions.”
    are you sure that the N8’s LED can be used in video recording?
    search through the google, i think the LED is only used in auto-focus when the environment lack of light.

    hmm… do you own a N8 when you wrote this review?

  48. wasif

    32000 in bangladesh…????……u must b kidding……..

  49. kayros204

    wohoooo good…

    • Very good too! Lol. The price of the N8 is lower than that of N97 or N900 – quite unbelievable! The value for your money couldn’t be any better!

  50. petre georgescu

    Please, tell me if old programs symbian S60 are compatible with the new Symbian ^3 from Nokia N8.
    Thanks a lot,

    • At this point it seems that is a big no-no. But I am sure that just like what happened with 5800, 5530 or N97 and other S60 OS 9.4 devices there will be loads of application available as soon as there is a demand for it. For eg. RotateMe, Ovi Maps n Digital compasses are built in within this smartphone and so are other applications such as Quickoffice, Image Editor, Threaded SMS etc;

      Nokia will never market a product like N8 if they thought that developing or extending compatibilities for 3rd party apps will be difficult for the new OS. As soon as it is released you can take it for granted that other app developers like LCG, Opera will release their existing apps for the New N8 OS.

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