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Vodafone Takes Preorders On Nokia N8 Smartphone

Mobile phone operator Vodafone has announced that it will be selling the Nokia N8 smartphone, the latest model from the world's biggest phone manufacturer and the first one to make use of the new Symbian^3 mobile operating platform.

Vodafone has a registration (opens in new tab) page up on its website which says that is currently showing a "Coming soon" status. The N8 comes with a 12-megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss lens and Xenon flash and can record HD content.

It comes with a mini HDMI slot, 16GB internal memory (and a microSD card reader) with a 3.5-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen display that can display 640x360 pixels, Bluetooth, WiFi, turn-by-turn GPS, up to three different home screens, all crammed into a 135g chassis.

Nokia claims that the phone will offer up to 960 minutes worth of video playback without charging. The most interesting bit though is that it will cost only around £350 SIM Free which is a jolly good price for a device with this specification.

The HTC Desire by comparison costs around £420 while the two-year old iPhone 3G 8GB version is on sale for £490. There are reports that the device will be launched on the 24th of August, nearly two and a half months after the iPhone 4G is scheduled to be launched by Apple.

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 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.