Nokia N8 launches with 12-meg camera

We thought those megapixel wars were over, but Nokia has launched its latest smartphone, and it's a whopping 12-megapixel camera phone with as many high-end specs as Nokia could stuff in, including a 3.5-inch high-definition touch-screen.


Like its predecessor the N86 8MP, the N8 packs a Carl Zeiss lens with a Xenon flash (the sort that's meant to produce more natural looking photos) and a large sensor that apparently rivals those found in standard point-and-shoots. We'll see about that when we get our hands on one - but the N86 was certainly one of the most capable snappers around.


It's HD-ready and you'll be able to edit video in-phone with the production suite, and you can also stream TV like CNN and National Geographic, or connect it all to your HDTV via an HDMI port.


The N8 is also Nokia's first touch-phone with a capacitive screen (finally), and it supports multi-touch and pinch-to-zoom. Running on Nokia's new open-source Symbian^3 platform, the N8 has multiple, customisable homescreens, rather like the HTC Hero or Legend, and Nokia is playing up its multi-tasking ability.


And of course, there's the requisite social networking knowhow, with a Facebook and Twitter aggregator app pulling updates onto the homescreen, which looks rather like that of the N97 Mini, with its boxy widget layout. You can also feed calendar info from Facebook into the device calendar, which is pretty cool.


Ovi Maps is on-board too, offering free walk/drive voice navigation anywhere in the world.


The Nokia N8 is available in the UK in Q3, for around £320. No operator or tariff details have been announced.

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