Nokia have offered a reasonable number of video demos of the new N8 smartphone, but one thing we’ve not seen before is how the Symbian^3 handset’s browser works. A video has been quietly added to YouTube demonstrating not just page rendering but kinetic scrolling, multitouch pinch-zooming and flash support, but if we were you we’d watch it sooner rather than later: one version has already been taken down.
Video demo after the cut
The browser is also shown flipping between portrait and landscape orientation, and we’re pleased to see that generally the full extent of the N8′s 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display is used rather than cluttering it up with menu bars. So far – and bear in mind this is a prototype running non-final software – it looks reasonable slick, though zooming is a little jerky.
The N8 is expected to arrive in Europe come Q3 2010, with a US launch shortly after. The first Symbian^3 device from Nokia, it has a 12-megapixel camera with autofocus and a Xenon flash, and can record 720p HD video footage.
[via The Nokia Blog]