On Monday, CNET UK heard rumblings about a Nokia N86 8-megapixel camera phone but we found it odd that we hadn't seen it at Mobile World Congress. After all, we had attended Nokia's press conference, gone to a one-on-one meeting, and no one ever said a word about the N86.
Well, it seems the Nokia N86 was so special that it deserved a separate announcement aside from the Nokia E55 and Nokia E75 and was officially unveiled on the second day of GSMA 2009. The highlight feature of the N86 is its 8-megapixel camera. Nokia N series models, including the Nokia N95 and the Nokia N85, have been equipped with 5-megapixel cameras for a long while now, and with competitors (e.g., Samsung Memoir) coming out with 8-megapixel camera phones, it's nice to see an upgrade.
The N86 8MP features a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens for panoramic pictures and variable aperture to help you get better pictures in super-bright or low-light environments. There is also a dual-LED flash and the camera phone claims to have a fast mechanical shutter that should reduce motion blur.
Photos can be geotagged, thanks to the integrated GPS, and of course, you can upload them to Nokia's Ovi service or Flickr. The N86 also has video-out capabilities, so you can show off your pictures on a larger TV or computer screen. There's 8GB of onboard memory for storing photos and other media files, which can be expanded through the microSD slot (accepts up to 16GB cards).
Other highlights of the Symbian S60 phone include a 2.6-inch, scratch-resistant OLED display, stereo Bluetooth support, Wi-Fi, e-mail support, an FM transmitter, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Full specs are here. The Nokia N86 8MP is expected to ship in Q2 for around 375 Euros (around $472 U.S.).