Nokia N8 smartphone pre-order: $549, ships September

Nokia N8 smartphone pre-order: $549, ships September

Nokia N8 smartphone with Symbian S^3 platform

Nokia N8 smartphone with Symbian S^3 platform
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the Nokia N8 is an iPhone killer or anything of that sort, but it is one of the more attractive smartphones to come out of the Finnish firm in some time. And you can start putting in your preorders for it now.

As a quick refresher, the Nokia N8 comes powered by Symbian ^3 and an ARM 11 680MHz processor. The spec sheet is certainly drool-worthy with the 3.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16GB internal storage, 12MP camera with 720p HD video, secondary VGA videocall camera, microSD expansion slot, HSDPA 10.2Mbps, HSUPA 2.0Mbps, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, stereo FM radio with RDS, HDMI-out, Dolby Digital Plus, digital compass, video/photo editor, and Flash Lite 4.0.

As an added bonus, you get free turn-by-turn navigation using Ovi Maps, the same free service you can get with something like the Nokia N97 mini.

Delivery of the device won’t happen until the end of September, but you can hit up the official page on the Nokia website to place your preorder. It will set you back $549, with either standard ($3.99) or express ($9.99) shipping options.

What do you think? The Nokia N8 beats a lot of devices on paper, but is it good enough to stand up in a marketplace populated by high-end Droids and retina displays?

Nokia N8 [Nokia]