Nokia N8 - terms, price, updates, where it will be sold

    Given the interest that they show on this product on Habré, I will allow myself to give the latest update on this phone and the state in which it is located. Price, terms of appearance, points of sale and the like trifles. And also about what is currently going on in development with this device.

    Delivery time and price
    The model will begin to be delivered to a number of key markets in late September, tentatively September 25th. The cost of the device will be about 460-475 Euro, depending on the market. The Russian cost will be equal to 18,990 rubles, initially the company planned to sell the device at 19,990 rubles. The revision of the cost is associated with a delay of one month (initially the model was expected on August 25, Victoria Eremina spoke about this at PR-director of Nokia Eurasia in May of this year, she also indicated the cost of 19990 rubles).

    Contents of delivery
    For China and a number of Asian markets, a stylus is included. In European deliveries it will not be (unless the operators ask otherwise). In Russia, in connection with the recall of your humble servant, who did not shine positively, it was decided to strengthen the delivery package, a silicone case will be included in the first lots for free. Unfortunately, it will match the color of the case. That is, a black device, this is a black case. Etc. Update. In all colors there will be a black cover.


    In real life, a case (for some reason it has been stubbornly called a bumper, by analogy with the iPhone 4) does not look very beautiful. The device looks better without it. Such covers look more interesting, but they will begin to be delivered from the end of the year and only at company retail (so far no other supplies are known).


    Places of sale, scope of supply

    Nokia decided to limit the scope of supply in order not to run into problems, as was the case with the Nokia N97, Nokia X6 and other devices. Therefore, throughout the world, during October, this device will be available in a limited number of countries and in limited quantities. In fact, according to reviews in the first few weeks, a software update will be prepared, which will be offered by air to all users in the middle or end of November.

    The delay in the month and the postponement of the exit are also associated with the fact that the company is actively “finishing up” Symbian ^ 3. And they are trying to achieve stable operation in all applications. A month is a long time, let's see what happens in an extra time.

    In Russia, the model will appear at the end of September, approximately on the 25th. It has not yet been decided whether there will be a bonus in the form of a cover later. Most likely they will refuse supply to all distributors. The supply volume for the first month is about 15,000 units. In the future, monthly, there will be approximately the same amount. This is quite comparable with the supply of other models, this price range, for example, Samsung Wave.

    Changes in firmware

    Guaranteed changes. Nokia in August purchased various additional codecs, for example, DivX, and will be installed in this device. That is, DVDRip and the like, the device will twist out of the box.

    Stability. It improves quite noticeably from week to week, but there remains a fairly extensive set of small problems.

    By the end of September, the company hopes to manage to include in the delivery (update by air, only for N8) a new browser. Unfortunately, most likely this will not happen and the browser, we will see in October, or even November. Now all efforts are devoted to creating and linking the browser for the S40 Touch, which should be announced in the near future (Touch platform, not the browser). In any case, the N8 is one of the first devices with a new, updated browser (is a separate review of this browser interesting?).

    The expected time for the appearance of PR firmware around mid-August. Weekly many changes are made to the current options. At the moment, the issue of updating the version of social versions is also being addressed (the client will receive an update immediately).

    For a number of markets, the issue of including a set of free games from the OVI Store (the same games that are sold in August for 1 Euro, dollar or pound) is also being addressed. A set of games can be quite impressive. But only if the company is quite generous. At the moment, the cost of the model is increasing significantly (delay, time for additional development, more delivery and programs).

    Hardware changes
    In terms of hardware, everything is ready and there will be no changes. Prototypes are pretty well assembled and have no obvious problems. The camera constantly receives driver updates, so I hope the output delays when recording video will be fixed. There have been no such delays in the photo part for a long time.

    Hope this information update was helpful to you. Mentioned the main changes that occurred in July with this unit.

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