Is the N8 Nokia’s Mobile World Congress Secret Weapon?

Ever since Nokia announced they would not be attending the 2010 Barcelona Mobile World Congress, and would instead be holding their own event nearby, speculation has grown that they would not be showing off any new mobile phone handsets. This has changed over the past few days however, with the possibility they may debut the Nokia N8 ‘superphone’.

If you haven’t heard of the N8, we’re not that surprised, as it has been known by several names. It started life under the codename of the Nokia Vasco, before graduating on to become the N87, a replacement for the aging N86. Most recently, another option has been added in the form of either the shortened N8, or the N8-00. As varied as the choices of name are for this phone, it’s not the most interesting part, as we haven’t looked at the features yet.

If the N8 does launch at MWC 2010, it’s most likely to be a 3.5″ capacitive touchscreen phone, with both gesture control and multi-touch, and will possibly be the first to run the new Symbian ^3 operating system. It will also be the first Nokia phone to include a 12 megapixel camera ready to shoot not only great stills, but 720p video too. An HDMI socket is also rumoured to be found on the casing.

When the N8 was still the N87, it was expected to be running an ARM Cortex 8 600MHz processor with 256MB of RAM, and be available in both 16GB and 32GB versions. Carl Zeiss was mentioned as the lens manufacturer, with a xenon flash used for lighting, plus onboard GPS and Wi-Fi. The screen size changed regularly, with it being touted as a 3.7″, a 3.2″ and an AMOLED item. While Carl Zeiss’s involvement and the Wi-Fi and GPS are almost a given, these other specs haven’t been mentioned since late last year in connection with the N8. Symbian ^3 is also a question mark, as the Symbian Wiki seems to suggest we won’t be seeing it until the second half of 2010.

Nokia will be holding their press conference later today, so we shouldn’t have long to wait until the MWC N8 mystery is solved.

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