Nokia’s First Symbian OS Based Smarphone Out in Q3

nokia-n8Mobile device giant Nokia announced that it will issue its first smartphone that is based on the Symbian 3 OS. Model N8 will hit the market third quarter of 2010.

The phone is taunted as the attempt of the Finnish company to compete with the popular iPhone of Apple and Android devices of Google. The device will feature multi-tasking, flick scrolling, pinch zooming, customizable home screens, on-demand Web TV programs and integration with social networks. It has a 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera and GPS navigation via Ovi maps.

Nokia said that N8 will act like a “portable entertainment center”. The phone can be plugged into home theater systems for HD-quality video and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.

N8 will just be the first of a series of Nokia smartphones that will utilize Symbian 3 OS. It was supposed to be sold with the current second quarter but decided against it, describing the first target as aggressive. The mobile unit will cost 495 USD or 370 Euros.

Also announced with N8 is a new software development environment named Qt. It is now available to developers to make programs that can be used in N8.