Nokia’s N8, the company’s rumored 12 megapixel camera phone may not be officially acknowledged by the company but the grapevine says it’s legit, and the grapevine is rarely wrong about such things. From the leaked images, the N8 looks like a sleek touchscreen handset and just a bit similar to the Sony Ericsson Aino sans keypad. It will feature the new Symbian ^3 OS and corresponding UI.

Oddly enough the handset hasn’t even been officially announced but it’s already been previewed and the results don’t seem to be doing Nokia any favors. The handset’s display will feature multi-touch a welcome addition to the Nokia fans. The UI seems to be quite the same as the Touchscreen versions available today, but I’m curious to see for myself what Symbian ^3 brings to the table.

Some features that the handset is rumored to have include –

  • 3.5 inch AMOLED screen with 640 x 360 pixel resolution, 16 million colors
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, USB, HDMI
  • 12MP camera with Xenon flash and face recognition
  • Dolby Digital Plus support, maximum 5.1 channel speaker output
  • FM radio, and FM transmitter

The 12mp camera will shoot video in HD but up to 720p only which is no better than the Satio or for that matter the Vivaz. The camera will also feature Carl Zeiss optics and a Xenon flash, from the looks of it. An HDMI port also seems to be available but according to the previewer, it seems it’s not of a standard size. Perhaps the prototype just isn’t quite ready yet. Let’s hope so.

The Nokia N8 is expected sometime in the second half of this year. There’s been no mention of price.

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