Nokia N86 8-Megapixel Smartphone Coming to U.S.

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-07-20 Print this article Print

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 in this country.)

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 services, such as Ovi Maps, N-Gage and Ovi Files, also come preloaded.

Nokia is mum on many more details, but fan site 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 Edition.

The N86 will retail for $558 and be available through Nokia Flagship stores.

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.

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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