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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 (opens in new tab) 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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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.