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iPhone 3GS Rival Alert : Nokia N8 Down To £180

Online retailer Expansys has discounted the Nokia N8 smartphone by more than 50 per cent from £400 to £180, a price that includes free shipping.

The catch though is that the phone is locked to 3 Mobile, although the N8 is said to be easily unlocked.

One of the main features of the N8 is its 12-megapixel camera. It is not only the highest pixel count on any camera on the market but it has the more than decent Carl Zeiss optics, a Xenon flash and is one of the fastest around (bar the iPhone 4S).

The rest of the features are rather uninspiring although Nokia has managed to tweak the Symbian^3 OS to excel on low performance hardware.

There's a Broadcom ARM11-based SoC clocked at 680MHz, 256MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 3.5-inch 640x360 pixel AMOLED screen, a 1200mAh battery that provides up to 12 hours talk time, HD recording capabilities, an HDMI and USB port, free voice-guided navigation, a microSD card slot, Dolby Digital Sound and an aluminium body that's a step above what you'd be expecting from phones within this budget range.

It has to be said though that there are better phones - like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play - available for less and with a more powerful hardware configuration. That said, if you're after a smartphone with a stunning camera, then you can't go wrong with the N8.

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