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Nokia N8 Price Drops To £20 Per Month

The Nokia N8 is currently the Finnish manufacturer's top of the range smartphone, replacing the N900 and getting some great reviews for its superb camera.

The handset is currently available from Tesco Mobile - not the first network you'd think off - from a mere £20 per month on a two year contract, a clear sign of of how far Nokia (and the MVNO) are ready to go down in price to capture marketshare.

The package (opens in new tab) includes 750 minutes, 5000 texts, 1GB data as well as clubcard points. The phone itself offers a 3.2-inch 640x360 pixels capacitive AMOLED touchscreen wtih Gorilla Glass (that's less than half the resolution on the iPhone 4), Symbian^3 operating system, 256MB RAM, HDMI & USB ports, GPS, Wi-Fi, built-in FM radio, and 16GB onboard storage.

There's also a front facing camera, an ARM11-based system on chip from Broadcom clocked at 680MHz, a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, a Xenon flash and the ability to record in HD videos.

At the beginning of the year, Tesco cut the price of the device to £299.97 while the SIM-free version was available for £375 on Nokia's online store.

Previous £20 contracts for the Nokia N8, which appeared at the end of January - included only 300 minutes, 300 texts and internet on T-Mobile.

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.