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Nokia Launches First 8MP Camera Phone

Gordon Kelly


Nokia Launches First 8MP Camera Phone


Just a few hours after Nokia lumped the goodness of the Ovi Store and E Series smartphones upon us another gem has snuck out. The latest edition to the N Series, the 'N86' goes up against the industry's major camera phones being the Finn's first eight megapixel shooter.

For a first time effort, the N86 gets two out of three right too with a Carl Zeiss lens (tick), autofocus (tick) and a dual LED flash (doh). Still, the S60 3rd Edition handset will be Ovi Store friendly, sports a 2.6in OLED display, WiFi, GPS, 8GB of internal memory (plus 16GB supporting microSDHC slot), TV-out and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The usual audio and video codecs also get their day in the sun minus - somewhat disappointingly - DivX/Xvid and at 103.4 x 51.4 x 16.5mm and 149g Nokia clearly hasn't got its first 8MP handset into quite the same svelte shape as LG and Samsung. Talk time also isn't anything to *cough* talk about at 3.9 hours using 3G though video and audio playback are a more satisfying 7 hours and 25 hours respectively.

With a Q2 Euro launch on the cards the Nokia N86 isn't far away but as it fails to truly distinguish itself from the pack we'll have to wait and see if it relies on one ever more influential aspect...



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February 17, 2009, 1:01 pm

Gordon: Audio and video times should be switched. This one also has an electronic compass AFAIK.

Ben 3

February 17, 2009, 3:08 pm

Have Nokia been raiding their parts bin? The numberpad looks very 90s!


February 17, 2009, 6:28 pm



February 17, 2009, 6:34 pm

@Xamph - thanks, good spot. Fixed.


February 17, 2009, 8:02 pm

You know I was kinda waiting for this phone the last month or two as I was considering the n85 and heard rumours of a replacement. This is everything I want, pocketable, decent camera (getting good reviews and the LED flash is good enough & useful for video unlike Xenon), 3.5mm headphone jack and supposedly really solidly built (I agree about the blehhh number buttons tho), but with all the goodies coming out of MWC it just looks so dated (as do most Nokia phones baring the 5800). There's going to be too much choice in 3 or 4 months when all those phones are out, but my contract's just ended and it seems like the worst time to get a new phone. What to do, what to do...


February 17, 2009, 8:16 pm

'support for nokia mobile vpn' now we haven't seen that in a while and I reckon that will come in useful for everyone at university or business that use it.


February 17, 2009, 10:54 pm

This is a very good update to the N85. As long as the build quality is improved, then with the better camera it does everything that the target customer for the N85 would want. Basically it is even better than the N96 as is. The idea that the specs of this device are is "dated" is a laugh. This thing will sell in spades.


February 18, 2009, 6:25 pm

Nokia Launches IT'S First 8MP Camera Phone


February 19, 2009, 1:50 am

It just occurred to me that if certain companies had launched a smartphone with 8MP camera, that was widescreen, with an OLED screen no less, and 25 hour playback time, this website would proabably be exploding with praise, claiming no other phone matters. But here we have this phone and predictably, it is pooh-poohed.

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