Nokia N86 8MP lands in the US on August 22nd, MSRP $499?

By on August 7, 2009 at 7:37 AM.

Nokia N86 8MP lands in the US on August 22nd, MSRP $499?

Ready to get your NAM on, Nokia fans? Nokia’s first crack at an 8 megapixel beast is reportedly touching down stateside on August 22nd, which is just over 2 weeks away. But wait, there’s more good news in store for all you Symbian fans out there. It turns out the launch price of the N86 8MP may be lower than the current pre-order price — $59 lower, in fact. Yup, it’s looking like $499 will get you in the door when this little guy hits Flagship store shelves and NokiaUSA.com three Saturdays from now. No word on pricing from resellers yet but expect it to come in a bit lower than Nokia USA’s offering. And then there’s Amazon, which has been undercutting nearly everyone in the phone biz lately. In other words, waiting a few weeks on your purchase will likely serve you well.

Thanks, Mark!

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Nokia N86 8MP coming soon to NokiaUSA site and Flagship Stores

By on July 17, 2009 at 10:36 AM.

Nokia N86 8MP coming soon to NokiaUSA site and Flagship Stores

Symbian-loving photogs are officially on notice… Nokia has just announced that its first 8 megapixel offering is now on its way to the US. That’s right, the N86 8MP will be hitting store shelves within the next few weeks and if you have a hankering for S60 3rd Edition FP2 and more pixels than you can shake a stick at, this little guy might be just what the doctor ordered. Of course the camera isn’t the only focus here, though for many it will be hard to get past an 8 megapixel shooter with a shutter speed of up to 1/1000 of a second, an f-stop range of 2.4-4.8 and a wide-angle lens. Once you do however, you’ll find a 2.6-inch AMOLED QVGA display, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS, 8GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi and aGPS with Nokia Maps 3.0 pre-installed and plenty more. There is some bad news to report as well unfortunately — despite being announced at €375 abroad (about $530 at today’s exchange rate, $474 when announced), the NAM N86 8MP is going to run you $558. If photography is your game however, that’s hardly a tall order for an unlocked top-of-the-line camera phone. Anyone in?

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Nokia N86 8MP hits London this Friday

By on June 16, 2009 at 5:04 PM.

Nokia N86 8MP hits London this Friday

Following what must have been an intense prayer circle attended by each and every Nokia fan in the US, the N97 somehow found its way into customers’ hands in the US before its European counterpart. Unheard of. With the hopes that a trend of timely US releases will follow, it might just be safe to presume the N86 8MP will find its way to store shelves in the next week or so. As revealed by the Nokia Flagship store in London, the photog’s dream of a handset is due to drop in the UK this coming Friday, June 19th. Our hope is that a US release happens around the same time and considering the handset is already shipping worldwide, it shouldn’t be long now. Man, what a month…

Thanks, Marcus!

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Nokia N86 8MP begins shipping

By on June 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM.

Nokia N86 8MP begins shipping

Touchscreen not your thing? QWERTY not your bag? It looks like the new kid on the block will soon have a cheaper, photo-centric neighbor as Nokia has just announced that the N86 8MP is now shipping globally. As for when it might touch down here in the US… Soon. The N86 8MP is two parts camera and one part smartphone, touting an 8 megapixel sensor, variable aperture, automatic motion blur reduction and half the processing time between snaps. It also sports 8GB of internal storage and up to an additional 16GB thanks to microSDHC support, ensuring your photos and videos have plenty of room to breathe. Pricing in the US has still not been revealed but the N86 8MP was announced at €375 so we should be looking somewhere just north of $500.

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Nokia N86 8MP support pages go live

By on June 8, 2009 at 10:41 AM.

Nokia N86 8MP support pages go live

Ok so the N97 is finally close to hitting the streets but truth be told, it’s not for everyone. Sure it’s sleek, well equipped and relatively powerful but not every S60 fan is looking for a QWERTY keypad and a touchscreen — or a $700 price tag. So what about the rest of you? The N97 breaks ground in that it’s Nokia’s first Nseries to sport a touchscreen and S60 5th Edition but the N86 8MP is a unique handset as well. Nokia, long known for producing amazing camera phones, has finally issued its first 8 megapixel-equipped handset in the N86… Oh, and it touts a few other cool new features as well. Now that the support pages are live, the N86 8MP should begin shipping within a few weeks with an expected retail price around $530. Anyone plan on snagging one?

Thanks, Buster!

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Nokia N86 8MP's kickstand alone is smarter than some phones

By on May 2, 2009 at 9:48 AM.

Nokia N86 8MP's kickstand alone is smarter than some phones

We aren’t exactly drooling in anticipation over the upcoming Nokia N86 8MP. After some time spent with it back at CTIA, we basically said it was an ok handset but it definitely wasn’t the most solid Nseries on the planet. It essentially seemed like any other Nseries device in Nokia’s arsenal — with an 8 megapixel shooter slapped on. Well, if neat little features like this one keep popping up we’re going to have to rethink our position. Everyone’s favorite Symbian guru, the Symbian Guru, was digging through the N86 emulator and it looks like the handset’s kickstand is more than just a tiny swiveling piece of plastic. Apparently a little sensor somewhere beneath the kickstand allows the N86 to open an application each time it’s flipped open. Badass. It also appears as though any app on the phone can be set as the kickstand-triggered app, leaving the possibilities nearly endless. Instant access to the movie player, music player or photo viewer jump out as obvious options but take it anywhere you like. No, this nifty little trick isn’t enough to completely change our minds about the handset but we have to give credit where credit is due — good thinking, Nokia, good thinking.

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Nokia @ CTIA: N86 8MP

By on April 2, 2009 at 1:12 PM.

Nokia @ CTIA: N86 8MP

Last but not least in our coverage of Nokia handsets at CTIA is the handset that Nseries mobile photogs around the globe have been waiting for — the N86 8MP. This past February, the N86 8MP was the subject of one of Nokia’s most bizzare announcements to date. As MWC kicked off, Nokia was busy showing the N86 off in Singapore. Then as MWC was wrapping up, Nokia finally decided to re-unveil it at the show. Yes, odd. Nokia has a few N86s on hand at CTIA but despite the amount of time that has passed since its announcement, the handsets on display are still very obviously early hardware builds. Why do we say that? They’re actually labeled “N00″, as all early internal Nseries builds are, but the early placeholder has been covered up with black marker. We’re not kidding; just look at the image above. The firmware on the handsets is plenty stable however, more stable than the N97 firmware at least, and we spent a good amount of time with the device.

Our initial impression: it feels rushed. By that we mean it seems as though Nokia was so eager to push out an 8 megapixel handset that it opted to forgo the TLC that has been a main ingredient in the making of other, more refined Nokia devices. It feels cheap. Not N95-1 cheap, but still pretty cheap. Beyond that, the stunning 8 megapixel camera sits on the back of an otherwise uninteresting device that could easily be mistaken for one of several other Nseries models — because it’s basically the same old same old. Hit the jump for some more shots but our advice is not to get too excited about this one just yet. Let’s see what happens when Nokia starts slapping its upgraded 8 megapixel Zeiss shooter into some flagship handsets.

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Nokia blows a gasket, shows off N86 in Singapore without an MWC announcement

By on February 16, 2009 at 12:12 PM.

Nokia blows a gasket, shows off N86 in Singapore without an MWC announcement

We’re sort of a little speechless right now, as we have official confirmation that Nokia is the most peculiar handset manufacturer in the world, ever. You’re Nokia. You’ve got a very good idea that Samsung will be announcing the sexiest Symbian handset of all time (OmniaHD) at MWC this year. It’s got the goods in nearly every area imaginable (though a keypad might be nice). Your upcoming flagship Nseries, the N97 is old news so you can’t rely on it as your big announcement at MWC. You’ve got a handful of ho-hum handsets spread out on your table alongside your first 8 megapixel offering with an AMOLED display, aGPS, a digital compass, an FM transmitter, a battery yielding up to 25 hours of audio playback and what looks to be configurable color-changing keypad lighting. What do you do? Well apparently you take the most interesting unannounced handset you’ve got, the 8 megapixel N86, and show it off in Singapore at something called Showcase Nokia 2009. For real? Even if Nokia does make the handset official tomorrow or Wednesday at MWC, it doesn’t make this peculiar move any more reasonable. On a related note, sources are telling us that Nokia may be announcing its first 12 megapixel handset, the Nwtf, at the Shady Acres senior center next month. Prune juice will be served. Hit the jump for more shots, and hit yourself in the head repeatedly if you were involved with the decision making process at Nokia that lead to this debacle.

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Nokia leaks lust-worthy 8 megapixel Nseries, N86, amidst a lukewarm showing at MWC

By on February 16, 2009 at 8:50 AM.

Nokia leaks lust-worthy 8 megapixel Nseries, N86, amidst a lukewarm showing at MWC

Before we get to Nokia’s showing at MWC today, we might as well start off with the handset that should have been announced in Barcelona this morning by our Finnish friends. Say hello to the N86 – leaked to the world this morning courtesy of… Nokia. The company has a history of being loose lipped but including info about an unannounced handset in a press pack has to be a new low. Hey, we’ll take it. The image above is extracted from a Nokia press document covering the background of Nokia’s business relationship with optics master Carl Zeiss. Little beyond the form factor can be ascertained from the document, though an image of the back of the phone does reveal a xenon flash to go along with that much anticipated 8 megapixel shooter. The screen looks to be a bit on the small side which makes us think it will not be touch-enabled but hey – baby steps. Nokia’s new Eseries sets are nice and all but this is the kit we want.

[Via Symbian-Guru]

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