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The day we played with the Nokia N8

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N8 captured in HDR

On the 6th of August, we had the opportunity to be one of the select few to play with the new unreleased Nokia N8, Nokia’s latest Nseries device. This device from Nokia is very much aimed at putting it squarely back in the game.

For the record, the N8 we played with were prototypes and not completely production ready.

So what is the N8? A funny question to be asking since we all know what is the N8. But what is it actually?

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First thoughts on the N8

With yesterday’s launch Nokia has finally sought to pacify the voices from many N82 loyalists (me included!) about a phone that could truly vie for the post of the best imaging phone. After the N82, there has been no phone good enough to fill the void. The N86 was a good attempt, but one cannot compare LED flash to Xenon.

The 12MP camera module carries the Carl Zeiss lens and along with it, Nokia has added some extra features which had become a norm for camera phones. Editing on the N8 is also said to be good. These things are a good thing in my opinion and I look forward to getting my hands on a N8 and play with it.

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Nokia N8: Nokia’s new flagship device

Yesterday saw Nokia launch the much rumored and photographed N8. The N8 is a 12MP camera with xenon flash and a large sensor which mimics the ones found on compact digital cameras. with 720p HD recording and an HDMI out along with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound this is a media powerhouse. with 16GB flash memory inbuilt and support for 32GB Micro SD cards and 135MB internal memory the N8 is surely not short on memory to store all your memories. This device is expected to retail at about 400 Euros (370 Euros before taxes and subsidies).

256MB of RAM means that there won’t be RAM issues either. This is also the first handset to come with Symbian^3 that supports gestures such as multi touch, flick scrolling and pinch-zoom. The Nokia N8 is also the first device to be integrated with Qt, a software development environment that simplifies the development and makes it possible to build applications once and deploy across Symbian and other software platforms.

Equipped with a 3.5 inch capacitive touch-screen to enable better feedback and free life-time navigation on Ovi Maps, the N8 is the perfect companion for exploring the world around you.

The N8 is going to be available in a host of new colours, which have never been seen before in the Nseries line up. The five colours are – •Dark Grey •Silver White •Green •Blue •Orange. I liked the orange one, what about you?

We even have videos of the N8 so that you can enjoy this new device.

Unveiling the N8:

N8 UI video:

MWC 2009: What went down there (part-4)

Not to be left behind Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson have launched their own devices running S60. Wait did I mention Sony Ericsson? Well yes, I did, that’s because Sony Ericsson has outed the biggest baddie of all, the ‘Idou’.

Let’s get to that first.

idou_main02-15-09idou-300x184The ‘Idou’ is reported to be running Symbian Foundation’s S60 V5 iteration on a 3.5″ screen with a 16:9 ratio (ala N97). Sony Ericsson has said that this is not the commercial name and a proper name for it will be revealed by this summer.

Now this baddie from Sony Ericsson is reported to have a 12 Megapixel camera! yes you read it right. I wonder how Nokia and the others are going to compete with this bad ass of a device.

idou_second-300x184For more info on the ‘Idou’ you can visit, http://www.sonyericsson.com/idou/

Samsung launched an updated version of the Omnia, the Omnia HD. The Omnia HD will be running the S60 OS instead of Windows Mobile. The Omnia HD will have a touch interface (S60 5th Edition) with a 3.7″ AM-OLED display. It boasts an 8 Megapixel Camera that can capture 720p HD video recording.

Samsung had this to say about the Omnia HD,

The HD video recording feature enables you to capture precious moments in HD (720p) quality, enjoy HD content on HD TV via DLNA technology and share real-time live video as users shoot it via qik.com. The 16: 9 screen of QHD display with 16M colour and dual stereo speaker reveal a whole new world of mobile multimedia experiences on the move, enabling users to enjoy SD (Standard Definition)/HD (High Definition) videos in cinema-scale quality with caption. Brilliant Convergence Allied to the industry-leading 8MP camera which allows you take digital camera-quality photographs on your phone, the Samsung Omnia HD ensures you capture the best possible photographs of your friends and family.

The Specs for the Omnia HD are given below:

(The Specs is courtesy ZomgitsCj.)

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  • – 8 Megapixel CMOS + CIF, Auto-Focus / Power LED Flash / Face Detection/Smile Shot / Blink Shot / Panorama Shot Video : DivX / XviD / H.263 / H.264 / WMV / MPEG4, RV 24fps@HD(1280 x 720p)
  • – Video recording DLNA & HD TV out (DLNA dongle needed) Video Editing: Trim video / Audio dubbing / Live dubbing / Add subtitle / Image capture
  • – Audio : FM Radio with RDS MP3/ AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+ / WMA / RA Dual Stereo Speaker & DNSe 2.0
  • – Other sensors: Proximity, Light Sensor, Compass, Accelerometer
  • – Size : 123 x 58 x 12.9
  • – Battery : 1500 mAh
  • – HSUPA 5.76Mbps and HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  • – 3.7″ AMOLED, 360 by 640 pixels Auto-Rotating Display
  • – GPS with integrated compass “makes this suitable for both pedestrians and drivers, and the navigation touch control and voice guidance via dual stereo speaker provide drivers with easy and safe navigation.”
  • – Available in 8GB and 16GB internal capacity options), plus microSD expansion
  • – Intuitive “3D interface”
  • – “Samsung Mobile Widget delivers up-to-date information of your choice with just one touch, creating a personalized interface with which to access the infinite wealth of web content.”

omnia-hd_still-300x174Eldar (of Mobile-Review fame) has already [p]reviewed the device. You can read the review here.

1kt770LG on the other hand quietly launched the KT770. the LG KT770 is a regular slider, with a 2.8″ WVGA (400×240 pixels) resolution display. This device runs S60 3rd Edition with FP2 and is reported to sport a 5 megapixel camera and also a inbuilt GPS receiver. The KT770 is little thick compared to the newer S60 devices outed by the other firms, it measures in at 111mm x 51.5mm x 15.8mm (4.4in x 2in x .6in).

The internal memory is expected to be either 1GB or 2GB, with a microSD card slot to expand it to 16GB. The KT770 comes with Bluetooth, WiFi. There is Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) support and dual-band 3G (900/2100MHz or 850/2100MHz) is also there board, for high-speed data connections.

12.25 MP camera in your phone anyone?

The new Exmor camera sensors for mobile phones.

The new Exmor camera sensors for mobile phones.


A few days ago, Sony announced the first commercial 12 megapixel camera sensor for mobile phones. Sony says that “IMX060PQ” sensor is for meeting the advanced image quality needs of cellular phones with cameras. The range has been named ‘Exmor’. Along with the 12.25 effective megapixel CMOS sensor, they also chowcased a 8.11 megapixel CMOS sensor(“IMX046PQ”) along with a 5.15 megapixel version (“IMX045PQ”).

Not only that, Sony will also be commercializing a new series of lenses “IU060F” and “IU046F” which is a 1/3.2 lens module with autofocus functions. The good news does not end there, there’s more.

The new CMOS camera sensors will allow future users to record in HD quality (1080p @ 27fps, and 720p @ 30fps). There also a few more technical enhancements. This one though, is most important.

THe development is nice, finally phones will be able to record HD quality video. But wait a minute, this opens up a new set of problems. let me list them below –
1. The mobile phones will become thicker for sure.
2. The current architecture (processor, RAM) might not be enough for HD quality videos and photos.
3. Battery life, what about that?

Unless these things are taken care of, it makes no sense to have 12 megapixel cameras in a phones. Also if you do not give the phones optical zoom, face recognition, image stabilizers and what have you, to these phones a la ‘point and shoot’ cameras, what good are they? Its high time consumers and manufacturers realized that this half convergence of the camera with the phone cannot continue. Either take a step forward or stop until you find a way to move ahead!

To me this megapixel race seems like a scam! My current phone, the N82 is a 5 megapixel phone. I bought it for the Xenon flash. I still wish that the phone had optical zoom and a few more digital camera features. It makes for a good camera, when you don’t have one and need to click a picture. But the fact that my ancient 4 megapixel Nikon (E4600) captures better quality images should make you, the reader realize, how futile this megapixel race is in the mobile phone industry.

The level of detail the 12MP sensor will be capable of capturing

The level of detail the 12MP sensor will be capable of capturing


Click here to read the Sony press release on the new camera sensors.