Nokia N8 

Released October, 2010
  • Symbian Belle
  • 3.5G
  • 3.5"
  • 0.68 GHz
For a consumer that wants clear tangible benefits to choosing a specific OS, the Symbian^3 interface doesn’t step up its game enough.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)
A pretty decent alternative to the built-in browser is the free Opera Mobile 10.1, which offers a very fast and smooth performance, but unfortunately allows for just a single zoom level (which, in most cases, does the job).
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)

Features Key features of the Nokia N8

screen size

Nokia N8

screen resolution

Nokia N8
640 x 360
Galaxy Note 3
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080


Nokia N8
0.5 GB
2 GB


Nokia N8
Single core
Galaxy Note 3
Quad core
Quad core

camera resolution

Nokia N8
12.1 MP
808 PureView
41 MP
Lumia 1020
41 MP

Reviews Word on the street for the Nokia N8

Thanks to the 12MP sensor and Nokia’s efforts, images don’t break down as soon as they are zoomed into, so there is some leeway in terms of cropping an image once it is taken.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


. Nokia commissioned the University of Westminster, a university with a strong photographic heritage in London, to conduct research into the Nokia N8’s sensor.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)
Indoors, the Nokia N8’s great sensor coupled with its Xenon flash can actually light up a small room and produce a decent picture in the process.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)
The raised element on the back means the phone won't sit flat, but this has been needed in order to make the larger sensor possible.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)


The N8's screen nevertheless performs exceptionally well with above average pixel density, very vibrant colours and fantastic viewing angles.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)
Once an album or artist is selected, the screen will split, the top half displaying a mini coverflow, while the bottom half has the track list.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)
3.5 inches is a decent size for the screen of the phone touted as Nokia's multimedia powerhouse.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)


Outputting content to an HD TV works pretty well, providing smooth video playback leaving us genuinely impressed.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)
With it chewing up everything we threw at it up to a resolution of 720p (DivX, H.264, MP4 and Xvid), and playing it back to us smoothly as can be, we really have no hesitations calling the Nokia N8 a great multimedia phone.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)
There is little jaw-dropping about it in terms of specs, with similarly spec'd screens having been available on phones for nigh on two years (i.e. the Samsung OMNIA HD).
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)

Operating system

If however, your eyes are set on an OS that gives you greater versatility in the future, perhaps you might want to look elsewhere.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)
Software: The N8 doesn’t have a huge amount of software loaded on it, but what it does have is generally good.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)
With the omission of things like games and other non-core software, Nokia may be encouraging N8 users to venture onto the Ovi Store.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)


This is a global GSM phone, it can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 3.5"
Resolution 640 x 360
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 209 ppi


Has an assisted GPS Yes


Supports FM radio Yes


Operating system Symbian Belle
Multitasking Yes
App store Nokia Store
Adobe flash support Yes
App store size 104,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot No
Supports NFC No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0

form factor

Weight 135 g
Thickness 12.9 mm
Size 59 x 113.5 x 12.9 mm


Clock speed 0.68 GHz
Number of cores Single core
RAM 0.5 GB
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDHC
  2. SD

photo & video

Camera 12.1 MP
Resolution 12.1 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps


Generation 3.5G
  1. HSUPA (2 Mb/s)
  2. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  3. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. Unknown (10.2 Mb/s)
  5. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  6. HSDPA (10.2 Mb/s)


Talk time 720 min
Talk time (3G) 349.8 min
Standby time 23,328 min
Standby time (3G) 24,048 min
Capacity 1,200 mA·h
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