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Nokia N8 officially announced

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Nokia N8 officially announced

After weeks of speculation, Nokia has finally pulled back the curtain on the new N8 smartphone, bringing the Symbian 3 platform to the public eye for the first time.

The Nokia N8 is notable from a technical point of view for its 12 megapixel camera and high definition video capture capabilities and industry experts have said that the N8 is destined "to make Nokia's high end phones credible again".

The waning profile of Symbian has been exacerbated by Google's Android and Apple's iPhone operating system (OS) coming to prominence and despite Nokia's favoured platform still being the most used smartphone software on the planet, it has really needed a boost to bring it back into the limelight.

The Symbian platform has been an open source OS since February this year and Nokia hopes that allowing third parties to view and alter the code will accelerate new developments and make them more cost effective.

The N8's HDMI output means that it will support high definition video playback and surround sound. It will also make social networking sites easily accessible through a unified home screen widget.

Nokia will be launching the N8 in the third quarter of 2010, as delays have delayed its final release.

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