Nokia N8 set to debut in pink with Anna update

By on May 3, 2011 at 2:23 AM.

Nokia N8 set to debut in pink with Anna update

Via its Conversations blog, Nokia has announced the addition of a new color variant to the N8 family, pink. Pictured sporting the upcoming Anna software update — due out in the next few months — the device has the same innards as the original N8 we reviewed back in November. But this time… it’s what’s on the outside that counts. “Following the fantastic response to the range of colors we launched for the Nokia N8, it seemed a natural step to extend this choice,” said Rachael Bell, senior designer at Nokia. “The Nokia N8 in pink complements the original line up well with its expressive, intense hue.” The announcement did not indicate when the new shade would be available for purchase.
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Nokia W7 and W8 said to be Nokia's first Windows Phones

By on April 14, 2011 at 8:41 AM.

Nokia W7 and W8 said to be Nokia's first Windows Phones

According to industry insider Eldar Murtazin, a man whose been known as a Nokia seer of sorts over the years, Nokia will make its Windows Phone debut with two new devices, the W7 and the W8. Reportedly, the W7 is being used inside Nokia as a test device and will hit the market first. Rumor has it the W7 will have a hardware design that’s relatively similar to the Nokia X7 that was announced earlier this week. We’d be pumped about that, given that the X7 sports a 4-inch AMOLED screen and is made of stainless steel and glass. Nokia’s second Windows Phone device could be the W8, which Murtazin says will resemble the Nokia N8 — another device with a top notch industrial design. While we’ve heard that Nokia’s first Windows Phone will land in 2012, the wait should be worth it — Murtazin claims that the Finnish phone maker already has a dozen Windows Phones slated to launch next year. More →

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Nokia files patent for N8-like tablet

By on March 15, 2011 at 10:59 PM.

Nokia files patent for N8-like tablet

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a patent filing that is both new and familiar. Initially submitted by Nokia in May of 2010, the patent in question is for a tablet device that bears an extremely strong resemblance to Nokia’s N8 handset. From the drawing we can make out a 3.5mm headphone jack, and several additional ports on the device’s top — we’re assuming at least one of which is a HDMI-out port. The schematic is likely for a MeeGo or Symbian based device the will, in all likelihood, never see the light of day. As with all things Nokia that occurred before February 11, 2011, it is unclear whether or not this project has been shelved. There are a few more drawings of the device after the jump, have a look for yourself. More →

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Nokia N8 torture tests give Windows Phone fans a taste of what’s to come [video]

By on February 18, 2011 at 2:15 PM.

Nokia N8 torture tests give Windows Phone fans a taste of what’s to come [video]

We’re big fans of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform here at BGR, but we have to admit that the OS is seriously lacking when it comes to top-notch hardware. Even the 4.3-inch display touting HTC HD7, which we thoroughly enjoyed in our review, felt a bit light and plasticky for our taste. Right now the Dell Venue Pro is easily the most solid Windows Phone available, but that will soon change thanks to a little deal Nokia announced earlier this month. Nokia has a laundry list of strengths and hardware is definitely somewhere near the top, as any Nokia fan will attest to. If you haven’t had the chance to play with a recent Symbian phone to see for yourself, which is pretty like if you live in the U.S., Russian site hi-tech.mail.ru put together an N8 torture test video that should help convince you. We can’t say we approve of this Russian Nokia fan’s choice of swimwear  — you’ve been warned, readers — but he definitely helps stress just how solid and durable Nokia handset are. The N8 laughs in the face of a key, a blade, snow, ice and even sand before finally dying after being submerged in seawater. Of course, Nokia’s N8 isn’t a waterproof phone, so we’re not sure why this smartphone sadist chose to submerge it in the first place. Hit the jump for the full video. More →

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Nokia N8 has sold 3.5 to 4 million units according to research firm

By on December 29, 2010 at 8:10 PM.

Nokia N8 has sold 3.5 to 4 million units according to research firm

Finnish equity research firm Inderes said Wednesday that Nokia is estimated to have shipped between 3.5 million and 4 million N8 smartphones to date. The Nokia N8, which launched late in the third quarter of 2010, was the first Nokia smartphone to feature the Symbian^3 operating system  — which has since been renamed simply to “Symbian.” Ahead of the N8 launch, Nokia stated that it had “received a record number of online pre-orders for the Nokia N8.” Nokia did not provide any figures to substantiate its claim at that point in time, and it has not reported any sales figures since the launch of the N8. Inderes’ sales estimates, which are based on channel checks and other data, suggest that the N8 has been quite popular in several markets such as India, Finland and Malaysia. While estimated N8 sales fall short of popular devices like the iPhone 4 and Samsung’s Galaxy S, Inderes’ figures are very promising for the struggling Finnish cell phone maker.

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Nokia to launch dual-core smartphones, new Symbian UI in 2011

By on December 14, 2010 at 1:38 PM.

Nokia to launch dual-core smartphones, new Symbian UI in 2011

Following word that the release of Nokia’s E7 smartphone has been delayed, some uplifting Nokia news comes from Beijing Tuesday morning. IDG reporter Mikael Ricknäs is in attendance at the 2010 International Mobile Internet Conference, and he has relayed some tasty tidbits from the show. First, Nokia apparently has some big things in store for the Symbian OS in 2011. The somewhat stale UI will be a primary focus, which is of course great news for Symbian users. Of course we’ve known that the Symbian UI would be overhauled in 2011 for quite some time now — Symbian^3 was intended to be a major behind-the-scenes update, while Symbian^4 and S^5 would address more user-facing issues. The only difference now is that the S^4 and S^5 monikers have wisely been dropped. More →

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Skype updates Symbian client for N8, C7, E5 handsets

By on December 9, 2010 at 4:11 AM.

Skype updates Symbian client for N8, C7, E5 handsets

In a brief blog post, internet communication company Skype announced an updated client for newer Symbian smartphones (formerly known as Symbian^3). The updated app will run on Nokia’s N8, C7, and E5 handsets, bringing free Skype-to-Skype calls, Skype Out, and text-chats to the Finnish handset maker’s latest and greatest. The post highlights the Skype’s SILK codec, which will “make sure calls are crystal clear, even when on a low-bandwidth connections.” If you’re a Symbian user and are interested in picking up the new goodies, you can direct your phone’s browser to skype.com/m. More →

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Want to see TRON: Legacy early? We’re giving away a pair of tickets to an advanced screening!

By on December 7, 2010 at 3:53 PM.

Want to see TRON: Legacy early? We’re giving away a pair of tickets to an advanced screening!

Nokia hit us up to let us know that in addition to partnering with Disney on the upcoming TRON: Legacy movie (Nokia said the film will be the first to feature the Nokia N8), they are going to be having a very special advanced screening of the movie. It’s taking place on Tuesday, December 14th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, and Nokia has give us a pair of tickets to give away to you guys. Here are the details on how to enter!

  • To enter to win (2) tickets to an advanced screening of Disney’s TRON: Legacy, courtesy of Nokia:
  • Drop in a comment below on why you’d like to attend the screening — maybe tell us your favorite scene from the first film, maybe your favorite Nokia handset — anything you want.
  • The content will run until this Friday, December 9th at 11:59PM ET. We’ll notify the winner by email within 48 hours after the contest has closed.
  • Good luck!

P.S. If you don’t win in our contest, hit up Nokia’s Facebook page to try your luck. More →

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Nokia: some N8 units have a ‘power management’ issue

By on November 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM.

Nokia: some N8 units have a ‘power management’ issue

Following widespread reports, Nokia confirmed on Thursday that some of its N8 smartphones are faulty. The response comes following reports from N8 owners around the world claiming that their devices inexplicably died. Users all complained of similar symptoms — the device wouldn’t reboot, take a charge or even power on after the failure. As some speculated, Nokia confirmed that the issue is related to power management.

There have been some reports in media on the Nokia N8 quality. Niklas Savander, head of Nokia sales and marketing, addresses the issue in a video interview published today in our company blog Nokia Conversations. In a limited number of Nokia N8 devices, there appears to be an issue relating to power management. As product quality is a top priority for Nokia, we have taken immediate actions to address this. As with any product performance issue, this is covered by Nokia’s warranty. Any affected consumers should contact their local Nokia Customer Care. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thankfully, the issue does not affect all N8 handsets and as Nokia’s statement points out, faulty units will be replaced under warranty. More →

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Rogers officially announces Nokia N8

By on November 9, 2010 at 3:19 PM.

Rogers officially announces Nokia N8

Last week, we told you the N8 was coming to Rogers Wireless and this week, it is here. The Canadian wireless carrier has officially announced that the Nokia N8 is available to the masses. The device, which boasts a 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss lens, can be purchased for $79.99 with a three-year contract; or contract-free for $449.99. You know how we feel about the device, how about you? Anyone from the great white north plan on picking one up? More →

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Rogers’ Q4 roadmap revealed

By on November 5, 2010 at 12:37 PM.

Rogers’ Q4 roadmap revealed

We just received an internal Rogers document highlighting the carrier’s upcoming handsets and promotions. The document covers Q4 2010 through the beginning of February, and there are definitely a few choice revelations to be found.

Devices on the way to Rogers include the BlackBerry 9780, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Focus and the Dell Streak. There’s also tons of info on the new Data Sharing option that allows users to share a data allowance between multiple devices such as Rocketsticks or tablets.

Other interesting tidbits:

•The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is listed at $149.99 on contract.
•The Nokia N8 is listed at $79.99 on contract.
•The Samsung Focus is listed at $199.99 on contract.
•The Dell Streak is listed at $149.99 on contract.
•Oddly, the Vivaz Pro is eligible for the $10 unlimited data plan typically not available for smartphones.
•Internal rumors at Rogers suggest that the Galaxy Tab may launch at $299.99 with a 2-year agreement and $199.99 with a 3-year contract. This info is not confirmed in the roadmap we received.

Hit the jump for a slew of images, including four summary slides at the end that lay out all the pricing and details you can handle. Our source did mention, however, that not all pricing has been finalized. More →

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Nokia N8 review

By on November 2, 2010 at 1:01 PM.

Nokia N8 review

Here it is ladies and gentlemen, Nokia’s latest and greatest Symbian handset, the N8. The N8 got a bit of a late start in life, with production and shipping delays a plenty, but the handset is now starting to propagate itself the world over. Available in five different colors, the full-touchscreen device — which is powered by the Symbian^3 operating system — is a sleek, compact handset that packs plenty of hardware features. Capacitive AMOLED display? Check. 12-megapixel camera? Check. HDMI interface? Check. Now the only question becomes: how does this hardware synergize with the device’s software and, ultimately, your work flow? Hit the jump to read our full review.

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Nokia N8 and HTC Desire HD now available on Vodafone UK

By on October 23, 2010 at 2:40 PM.

Nokia N8 and HTC Desire HD now available on Vodafone UK

You can go ahead and pity / envy UK mobile subscribers. If it wasn’t hard enough already, Vodafone has just thrown two more premium handsets into the fray to choose from. If you hit up Vodafone’s official UK website, you can now start placing orders for the gargantuan HTC Desire HD or the solidly-built Nokia N8. The HTC Desire HD is the European equivalent of the Sprint HTC EVO 4G (minus the 4G) found state-side. The phone sports a 4.3-inch WVGA display, runs Froyo out of the box and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU. If this handset tickles your fancy, you can pick it up at most Vodafone retail outlets, or optionally online. According to Tech Radar, Vodafone have confirmed the following pricing and plan details:

The HTC Desire HD is available free on £35, 24 month price plans and customers buying the device online will get 900 minutes (compared to 600 offline) unlimited texts and 750MB (500MB offline) of mobile data,” the company added. Buying online will also give you 5MB of European roaming data in your bundle

If HTC is not your cup of tea, the Nokia N8, might be of interest. The N8 is the first Symbian^3 handset to hit the market. The phone has garnered mixed reviews (ours is coming soon), but has gone down well with the Nokia purists. The phone is free when signing up for a £30-a-month two year service agreement. The Nokia N8 is available in lime green exclusively to Vodafone subscribers; we’re still not sure if that’s a good thing. More →

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