can go ahead and check off "Phase One" on its grand plan of storming the smartphone market and propelling itself into relevance. The company's highly anticipated N8 -- the smartphone that could make or break Nokia's chances of being taken seriously in the high-end phone segment -- has starting shipping.
"With the N8, and the new Symbian
software, we are bringing a familiar, faster and more intuitive user experience to the world's most popular smartphone platform. The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history and we are thrilled to start shipments of the N8, the first of Nokia's new Symbian smartphone range," says Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President, Smartphones, Nokia.
Nokia, still the world's largest mobile phone maker, has seen its market share fall from 50 percent to 32 percent the last few years as high-end smartphones become all the rage. The N8 is supposed to be Nokia's long overdue answer to Apple
, as well as the spate of other popular devices that have shipped since then, like the Motorola Droid
, Samsung Galaxy
, and HTC
's growing stable of smartphones.
The N8 is the first of a series of smartphones built around the new Symbian platform with support for true multitasking. Features of the N8 include:
- 3.5-inch touchscreen (AMOLED)
- Ambient light sensor
- Virtual keyboard
- 256MB SDRAM
- 16GB internal memory
- microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- ARM processor clocked at 680MHz
- 12MP camera
"To appeal to today's high-end buyers, smartphones have to be enjoyable, useful and beautiful. Ease of use, excellent multimedia performance and elegant design are all essential elements of the package," says John Delaney, Research Director, IDC.