After several delays, Nokia are finally shipping the N8 flagship smartphone to pre-order customers. If you order one now, it'll ship on October 18th (in the UK it costs £419.99 sim-free over at Amazon.com). The N8 has a large (3.5", 360x640) touch OLED and runs Symbian^3 on a 680Mhz CPU. It also has Wi-Fi, a microSD slot and a 12mp camera.
Nokia will also release soon three new AMOLED using smartphones: the E7, C6 and the C7. The E7 and C6 displays use use Nokia's new ClearBlack Display technology (CBD) - which is said to deliver better outdoor visibility.
Nokia announced they're delaying the N8 launch by a few weeks - "to do some final amends". They hope to launch it during October. They also say that the phone is seeing strong pre-order demand, in fact they claim its the strongest such demand for any Nokia phone ever. The N8 has a 3.5", 360x640 touch AMOLED and runs Symbian^3 on a 680Mhz CPU. It also has Wi-Fi, a microSD slot and a 12mp camera.
A few days ago Nokia has announced their ClearBlack-Display (or CBD) which is an AMOLED display that performs better outdoors. Today we learned that CBD means a polarized filter that sits on top of the display, and blocks light. This helps it perform better outdoors. So CBD is not the same as a Super-AMOLED display (which is an AMOLED with a touch-panel built-in).
In the photo above, you can see the Nokia's E7 (left) vs a Galaxy S with a Super-AMOLED.
Engadget has tested Nokia's new CBD display (in a prototype E7) against the iPhone's S-LCD. Both do not perform very good in intense, direct sunlight, but the CBD has a very slight edge as it offers better visibility in extreme viewing angles.
Nokia has launched three new smartphones today, two of which (The E7 and the C6-01) use Nokia's new Clear Black Display (CBD) technology which is said to perform better outdoors than a normal AMOLED. Nokia says that the display is a polarized AMOLED. This might actually be just Nokia's name for a Samsung made Super-AMOLED display, we do not know yet.
Engadget really likes the display: "The screen is simply gorgeous -- ClearBlack may be a gimmicky trademark, but CBD's black levels are no joke. We're definitely talking Super AMOLED degrees of awesome...".
Update: There are actually three new phones, the C6-01, C7 and E7.
Nokia has just announced three new Smartphones - the E7, C6 and the C7. All use AMOLED touch displays. The E7 has a 4" display, the C7 a 3.5" one and the C6 a 3.2" one. The E7 and C6 displays use Nokia's new ClearBlack Display technology (CBD) - which is said to deliver better outdoor visibility.
The phones will be released towards the end of 2010, in Europe. The E7 will cost €495, the C6 will cost €260 and the C7 will cost €335.
So, Nokia's N8 is finally shipping, in the UK at least. The N8 will arrive at Nokia's on-line shops at the last week of September, and in UK retail shops on October 1st. The N8 will cost £429 unlocked, and free for a £35 per month contract. The N8 has a large (3.5") touch OLED and runs Symbian^3 on a 680Mhz CPU. It also has Wi-Fi, a microSD slot and a 12mp camera.
Back in June, we heard some rumors about an upcoming Nokia N9 phone with a Super-AMOLED display. Today we have some fresh rumors, and a photo. The N9 will be a QWERTY slider running the MeeGo OS. The display is indeed a 4" Super-AMOLED. Other specs include a 1Ghz processor, 64Gb of memory (512Mb RAM), micro-SD slot, Wi-Fi, HSPA+ an an HDMI out (the N9 is capable of 720p video).
iSupply is reporting about the AMOLED shortage and its effect on android smartphones. Interestingly, they say that TPO Display (which is now a part of Chimei Innolux) is planning to introduce AMOLED products at the end of 2010 or early 2011.