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Nokia N8 launches in New Zealand
Posted on 17-Nov-2010 16:35. | Tags Filed under: News.

Nokia N8 launches in New Zealand
The highly anticipated Nokia N8 arrived in New Zealand and Nokia expects to to set a new standard in smartphone imaging functionality.

The Nokia N8’s 12 megapixel digital camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash provides users with everything they need to take the highest quality photos and shoot HD-quality videos. Users can edit their content on-screen and share it by transfering on to an external hard-drive with USB-on-the-go or upload to social networks sites from the homescreen for example.

Nokia Australasia’s head of product marketing, Stephen Wright, said: “The Nokia N8 is the first step in the renewal of our smartphone range. It has exceptional imaging and editing functionalities that surpass other smartphones, along with all the features you would expect from a top-class handset.

“With the Nokia N8 we decided to push the boundaries of what consumers can do with a smartphone and in doing so we’ve created asomething that provides a truly exceptional user experience,” Wright said.

The Nokia N8 allows consumers to connect the handset to a home theatre system using the HDMI input and watch HD-quality video in Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.

Users can enjoy thousands of apps, everything from social networking services like Foursquare, to games and productivity apps, through the Ovi Store.

Ovi Maps also gives users access to free global maps and voice-guided navigation.

The Nokia N8 is the first device to run on the a faster, simpler and more responsive Symbian platform. Symbian introduces several major OS advances including support for gestures such as flick scrolling and pinch-zoom. The hardware acceleration also delivers a faster, more responsive user interface.

Improved memory management allows multiple applications to run simultaneously for a faster multi-tasking experience. Another new feature of the Symbian platform is multiple homescreens, which can be customised with different shortcuts and applications.

“Consumers will really see and feel the difference with the new Symbian platform. Being a fully open platform also means that developers can create exciting and flexible content the way they want to,” Wright continued.

Locally, Air New Zealand has made its grabaseat app - which delivers real-time updates of grabaseat flights - available for free download on the Nokia N8 through Nokia’s Ovi Store.

The Nokia N8 will be available from Vodafone later this week for a retail price of NZD$999 and Telecom will be bringing it to its range in the New Year.

It comes in a robust, aluminium body in silver white with a real-glass 3.5” AMOLED display.

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