Nokia has started to take preorders of the N8 smartphone since this morning and is aiming to deliver the phone by the end of the month for a mere £429 for the SIM Free version, a price that excludes delivery but carries two-year standard warranty.
The Nokia N8 is being touted as the "ultimate social smartphone" by the company with HD video recording and editing capabilities, a 12-megapixel camera, HDMI connectivity and a number of apps.
It comes with a 1Ghz Qualcomm ARM-based processor, two Xenon flash, a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen (640x360 pixels), free voice-guide navigation, three home screens, Bluetooth 3.0, a front-facing VGA camera, Dolby Digital Plus, up to 50 hours worth of music playback and will be available in up to five colours.
As expected, the N8 comes with an accelerometer, a compass, a proximity sensor plus an ambient light detector and 16GB onboard; surprisingly, Nokia chose a 1200mAh Li-Ion battery to power the phone, a far cry from the 1800mAh we found on some smartphones.
The phone, which is expected to take over the N97 as the top of the range Nokia model has had a patchy start with a number of botched pre-launches; we first heard about it back in March 2010 and the launch date was initially planned for July 2010.