The Nokia N86 8MP smartphone will soon be arriving in the U.S. and joining a growing selection of mobile phones with cameras that give point-and-shoots a run for their money. The Sony-Ericsson c905a Cyber-shot, which arrived in AT&T stores July 19, features an 8.1-megapixel camera.
Nokia's flagship imaging device, the N86 8MP, will
be arriving in the United States
in "the coming weeks," Nokia announced July 17.
Featuring an 8-megapixel camera, Nokia touts the
N86 as a true replacement for a point-and-shoot camera. It features a Carl
Zeiss lens, dual LED flash and a 2.6-inch AMOLED (active-matrix organic
light-emitting diode) screen.
(AMOLED is said to offer power savings as well as
better image quality and a more rugged display than LCD options. In March, the
Samsung Impression was the first AMOLED touch-screen to arrive
Also notable is the N86's two-way sliding design.
It slides vertically in both directions-slide the screen up to reveal a keypad,
and slide it down to discover a control panel for video functions and more.
An accelerometer means the N86's screen can also be
viewed in landscape mode, and a built-in "kickstand" allows the device to rest
at an angle convenient for video watching.
A Share Online client comes preinstalled, for
one-click uploads of video to social networking and other sites. And Ovi
, such as Ovi Maps, N-Gage and Ovi Files, also come preloaded.
Nokia is mum on many more details, but fan site NokiaN86.org is reporting
that the N86
additionally features a shutter that operates at up to 1/1,000 second; video
recording at a resolution of 640 by 480; 8GB of internal memory, plus a microSD
slot for more; Bluetooth 2.0; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g connectivity; an internal compass;
an FM radio; assisted GPS; and support for
triband 3G HSDPA/HSUPA networks. It's also said to run Symbian's S60 3rd
The N86 will retail for $558 and be available
On July 15, AT&T introduced a point-and-shoot
replacement phone, the
Sony Ericsson C905a Cyber-shot
. Packaged inside the 3G slider phone, it
features an 8.1-megapixel camera with face detection, an Xenon flash with
red-eye reduction, auto-focus, 16-times digital zoom and BestPic technology,
which shoots multiple images with each shutter click.