A new Nokia camera flagship with optical zoom to succeed N8 this spring. Still runs on Symbian
Here’s an interesting bit of news, that we now heard from multiple trusted sources:
Nokia is working on the successor/ replacement for their N8 cameraphone. The new Nokia imaging flagship will have a bigger camera sensor (not sure about resolution), optical zoom, 3.5” WVGA Clear Black display with Gorilla Glass, 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM. And it will still run on Symbian.
N8 successor is scheduled for Q2 2012 release, and may be launched at Mobile World Congress in February. But we are still not sure about MWC announcement plans, since a major Symbian phone upgrade might detract from a huge Nokia Windows Phone marketing push they have planned in Barcelona.
Given Nokia’s commitment to Windows Phone, and announced Symbian phase out plans, it was pretty strange that their new imaging flagship will use the old OS.
But the fact of the matter is- Windows Phone Tango (WP iteration that will be shipping next spring) is not able to handle all the Nokia camera wizardry yet. The earliest that they might be able to port most of Nokia’s imaging assets to Windows Phone, will be Apollo/WP8, which is now scheduled for Q3 2012 release. If then.
And after more then 18 months on the market, 24 months after it was announced – next spring Nokia N8 will be an obsolete device which Nokia will be phasing out of the market. The new improved camera flagship on Symbian should replace the aging N8 for those, who really care about quality camera in their phone. Especially if it will be priced at around 350EUR, as the current specs suggest.
One question that remains – is which version of Symbian will the next Nokia camera flagship run. Current Symbian versions (Anna/Belle) only support the nHD screen resolution, and new phone’s display should have higher res then that. Will it be a full fledged Symbian update like Belle, or just a minor revision that ads the support for better displays?