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Nokia N8 smartphone gets 12-megapixel camera, new Symbian OS

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It's been a busy couple months for the smart phone market – system upgrades for the Apple iPhone, rumors of an iPhone 4G, a new BlackBerry Bold from the folks at RIM. Today, Nokia dove into the fray, releasing details for a smart phone called the Nokia N8, which should be available sometime late this summer. Nokia is touting the N8, which runs the latest iteration of the Symbian OS, as a "revolutionary" product, which could set new industry "benchmarks."

We're not sure we'd go that far, but the Nokia N8 sure is packing a lot of power under the hood. For starters, the phone, pictured at left, gets a 12-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera, a whopping upgrade over the 3 megapixel camera found on the Apple iPhone. (Read our standard disclaimer about megapixels.) The Weiss camera is also capable of shooting HD video; a second video camera on the front of N8, meanwhile, can be used for video calling.

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