Nokia Preparing N8-00 12-Megapixel Smartphone

Out fo China comes the first blurry snaps of what appears to be Nokia's next N-Series phone, the N8-00 which will be the first one that actually runs on the new Symbian^3 operating system that comes with, amongst other things, multi touch.

Popular tech website IT168 has some pictures of the phone which should come with a 3.5-inch (or maybe a 4-inch one) capacitive touchscreen, a 12-megapixel camera with a Xenon flash, Carl Zeiss lens and autofocus, 720p video capture and HDMI output.

The phone, which some sources say might be called the N98, also has a microSD card and shares some similarities with the N900 tablet. Like it, the screen is a 480x800 pixels model and it has a 1200mAh battery which slides out like the HTC Legend.

Interestingly, there is also a forward facing camera and one of the pictures show the N8-00 phone with a bright greenish colour scheme. We've also noticed that the camera doesn't come with a cover.

No release dates or pricing have been confirmed and no pricing as well. The phone is likely to target the two other 12-megapixel camera smartphones on the market; the Sony Ericsson's Idou and the Samsung Pixon M8910.

On a sidenote, LG never released the Louvre GC990 12-megapixel camera which it showcased back in 2009 and Motorola has yet to come out with such a model.

Our Comments

Expect it to come with at least 16GB internal memory, maybe a slideout keyboard and an ARM-based chip with a 3.5-mm headphone jack. Since Nokia has the habit of launching three phones at the same time, we suspect that there will be other models available at the same time.

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