Nokia: N8 release can save us

The Nokia N8 - the pressure's on for success
The Nokia N8 - the pressure's on for success

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has stated that the launch of the new Nokia N8 will lead to a turnaround in the company's fortunes.

He believes that the company's fortunes can be turned around with the launch of the new N8, the first handset to use the new Symbian^3 OS, with this phone marking the beginning of a Nokia comeback.

"We are approaching the end of this painful product transition at the high end of our product portfolio," he told analysts.

"Delivering the N8, with a high-quality user experience, will mark the beginning of our renewal. We will achieve our potential and regain high-end leadership in our industry."

Symbian^3 must have quality

He also believes Nokia will ship 50 million handsets powered by the new Symbian^3 OS, which offers an experience closer to that of Android and the iPhone iOS, with multiple home screens and improved widgets.

He states that as Nokia challenges the incumbent top smartphones in the future, the MeeGo operating system, formed between the Finns and Intel, will be key.

This will be confusing to consumers looking at the Nokia N8, as the operating system used on that phone seems ultimately destined to be used on mid-range handsets – albeit fairly decent ones.

Kallasvuo also hinted that the reason the Nokia N8 release date was pushed back to Q3 of this year, rather than Q2, was a question of 'quality', showing that Nokia is clearly hoping to get the user experience right this time after the debacle of the N97.

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Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.