Nokia's N8 is its latest bid to steal back the smartphone limelight from Apple and Android

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

April 29, 2010

3 Min Read
Gadget Watch: Nokia Has Symbian 3 Phone

Let’s meet Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s latest smartphone hope in this week’s edition of Light Reading Mobile’s device news roundup.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has unveiled its first smartphone based on version three of the operating system from Symbian Foundation , the N8, which appears to be a rival for the iPhone and the very latest crop of Android phones. Features include extensive support for 3G GSM worldwide, 802.11n WiFi, and a 12-megapixel camera. The N8 is expected to be launched in “select markets” in the third quarter for $490 without a contract.Here’s an official video from Nokia running down the features:

    Nomura Securities analyst Richard Windsor, however, says that the move to Symbian 3 may be less important for Nokia than the change-over to Symbian 4, which is expected in 2011. “The reality is that Symbian 3 is a big upgrade when it comes to low-level software that does not affect the user interface with Symbian 4 being having the big upgrades to the user experience,” the analyst writes in a note on Nokia.

    “This has been badly communicated as it implies that the company still does not really understand that it’s all about the user experience. It seems to choose to place greater urgency on low-level stuff that users won’t care about or... pay for.”

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) appears to have dropped plans to make a CDMA-based Nexus One phone for Verizon Wireless . “In the US, if you’ve been waiting for the Nexus One for Verizon Wireless’ network, head over... to pre-order the Droid Incredible by HTC, a powerful new Android phone and a cousin of the Nexus One that is similarly feature-packed,” the firm writes on its official blog. The search giant is also planning to sell its first own-brand phone in Europe through Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) rather than direct to the customer over the Web. (See Google Leans on Vodafone in Europe.)

  • BlackBerry has a couple of small new 3G Pearls, our sister publication Information Week reports. The Canadian Blackberry maker announced the Pearl 3G 9100 and 9105 at its 2010 Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) event in Orlando, Fla., on Monday. The new models are the smallest yet offered by RIM at less than two inches wide and weighing in at 3.3 ounces each.

  • Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) isn’t saying exactly when it will launch the High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) EVO 4G WiMax smartphone yet. It will have the device on hand, however, to showcase its multimedia capabilities on May 12 at an evening event in New York City. LR Mobile will be there to sniff out any news. (See Sprint Pins Hopes on WiMax Phone.)

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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