Nokia's N8 is first Symbian ^3 phone

Nokia has announced its first Symbian^3 smartphone, the N8. It's the first phone from the Finnish manufacturer to use the OS since it declared itself open source.

The N8 has a uniblock anodised aluminium body and comes with 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen that's capable of displaying 360x640 pixels. It's equipped with a 12-megapixel camera with a larger than average sensor and a Xenon flash. The Symbian^3 OS brings multi-touch controls including the popular Pinch to zoom plus a host of apps and widgets.

The phone boasts a dedicated HDMI output you you can play whatever videos you manage to squeeze onto the 16GB of internal storage on a big screen.

The N8 is the first phone to come with the Qt software development environment which is a significant commitment from Nokia towards the Symbian platform. Qt will allow developers to shorten the time-to-market window and bring apps out much faster, Nokia reckons.

Expect the N8 to be available in from September from ~ £350.