Archive for November 13, 2010

Video: Topolino70’s N8 Camera secrets revealed – attaching lenses and tripod to N8

November 13, 2010 7 comments

Topolino70 has produced some of the most stunning Nokia N8 videos we’ve seen thus far including:

Among these include some really close up shots. But the N8 has an Active Hyper-Focal lens – i.e. no autofocus but everything beyond the macro region is in focus.

In the video below, Topolino70 shares how he attaches his N8 to a tripod as well as how to achieve similar close up shots with very easy, low tech “Rubber Band/Elastic Band” solutions. We say secret, he’s never really kept it secret that he’s just been attaching magnifying lenses or vivitar macro lens :p.

Great Job on sharing the beauty of Finland. Alas I am yet to find any beauty spots around Manchester.

BTW in terms of connection to tripod, there are retail solutions out there. I’m also looking for one although my DT-22 from N93 days is still quite ok for the job. (Though a tad lop sided since it has to bend to get landscape properly). Gorilla Pod an obvious must-have.

Nokia N8 vibrator motor used to lift 60KG Fridge

November 13, 2010 3 comments

If you head on over to you’ll notice a video that shows a Nokia N8 lifting a 60KG weight. I have NO understanding of written or spoken Chinese (bar a few Mandarin phrases).

Alex68 says: “Two Chinese students from Tsinghua University used an N8 to lift 60KG fridge. The power of N8 motor was amplified 100K and it took 1 and half hours to lift the fridge”

Google Translate kinda says the same thing. I don’t get the whole motor thing – I was unaware  the N8 had a motor, let  alone amplifying its power to lift a fridge! (D-oh, it’s from the N8 vibrator motor – that little thing spins with an uneven weight to cause vibration. Cheers llaadd)

You’ll see the N8 torn down at some parts. Here’s a drawing of their plan of attack with the N8.

AND then that’s supposedly going to pull a 60KG weight. That’s like lifting Sandra Bullock or Charlize Theron with a Nokia N8.

Possibly not as glamorous as either Bullock or Theron. A white plastic box of a Fridge.

Cheers Alex68 for the tip to!

update: Someone has swiped the video and put it up on youtube (with uncannily similar title)

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Video: ST Ericsson U8500 1.2GHz Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 with MeeGo Phone OS

November 13, 2010 14 comments

A couple of days ago reader, Marcin, mentioned the ST Ericsson U8500 for MeeGo

“ST-Ericsson U8500 Linaro and MeeGo 11.30 -12.10, November 16th, 2010 MeeGo Convergence Dublin:D”

Above is a video by Charbax showing a reference design for U8500 with MeeGo on it (cheers to @Cambo078 for the find), which would apparently be suitable for tablets as well as phone. Products with U8500 expected first half of next year (Max Before July 2011). Would the Nokia N9 be one of them?

Another video below shares  more info about the U8500 – this was shot back in February also by Charbax where the reference design devices had only Android and Symbian. U8500 is apparently up to 1.2GHz (Dual Core) with ARM  Mali 400 GPU.

Check out the 720p 3D game rendering. Also look at that 1080p playback on Symbian.

It’s worth noting that Nokia MeeGo phones may also use Intel chips in future – but at the moment, ARM is the better choice for the first Nokia MeeGo phone (If I recall correctly).

What does the U8500 feature?

The U8500 is the first mobile platform with full High-Definition 1080 progressive-scan camcorder capabilities. With its combination of a dual-core SMP processor and a high-end 3D graphics accelerator, the U8500 enables a full web-browsing experience for next-generation smartphones.

  • Full HD 1080p camcorder, multiple codecs supported
    (H264 HP, VC-1, MPEG-4)
  • High-resolution, touchscreen display support up to XGA (1024*768)
  • Simultaneous dual display support
  • High performance 3D graphics, support for
    OpenVG 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0
  • Dual camera support with Integrated ISP 18 Mpixel and 5 Mpixel
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS enabled platform
  • Built-in USB 2.0, HDMI out
  • Support for multiple operating systems, Symbian, Android
    and Linux-based platforms
  • Optional support for mobile TV standards


  • Highly efficient, low-power ARM dual Cortex™- A9 processor
  • Dual multimedia DSP for low-power, flexible media processing
  • High-bandwidth LP-DDR2 interface
  • ARM  Mali™ 400 GPU and NEON®CPU extensions
  • State-of-the-art HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) Release 7 modem
  • Unique audio architecture with a wide range of audio codecs supported
  • Advanced power saving architecture enabling class-leading audio and video playback times

More ARM stuff

Whilst we’re on the topic of ARM Cortex A9 let’s check out how:

NVidia Tegra2 ARM Cortex A9 shows that a dual core performs up to 50% faster in rendering pages compared with ARM Cortex A9 with one of the cores disabled.

Here’s the Mali 400 GPU in action (but on the Samsung Orion ARM Cortex A9)


Finally from Nufront, their ARM Cortex A9 can run at 2GHz for Laptop and Desktop usage. There’s a fan going on with this one to cool down the chip. They say in the production you won’t need that (I think that’s what they said). This one powers Ubuntu 10.10 and Quake 3.

Charbax /

Video:10 minute S^3 casual game demos on Nokia N8 – Cannon Ball, Miluegg Jump, The Roach Game and Down The Fly 2

November 13, 2010 2 comments

Here’s a 10 minute medley demo video of some casual games for Symbian^3 by FUNCASTorg (I think some are/have S60 5th versions, like Roach game).

  • Cannon Ball
  • Miluegg Jump (free at Ovi Store)
  • Roach Game
  • Down The Fly 2

It’s a great demo video as you’re given a run through of what you need to do for each game and general opinions for each game and the game play. It’s in 720p HD so it’s worth upping the res (if that’s not your default) to see the games better)

via FUNCASTorg

Video: Nokia E7 Hardware hands on

November 13, 2010 3 comments



Here are a couple of hardware overviews of the Nokia E7 by  uptodateksa2 (you don’t see much software past the home screen stage).

The first video is in English and a similar longer video is in Arabic. You’ll see the N8 compared a little bit more on the second video.

As noted, hopefully by the 4th Quarter (Dec 2010) the E7 will be available on the market.

The E7 is:

  • First Eseries touch screen (and what a fantastic 4″ CBD AMOLED at that)
  • Biggest Nokia Touch screen phone
  • First Eseries without Eseries specific buttons?
  • Sporting the best hardware keyboard on a Nokia


VIA uptodateksa2

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Video: How to Sync Nokia N8 with Google Calendar and Rainlendar

November 13, 2010 5 comments

kishorat shows us how to use Mail for Exchange in the Nokia N8 to synch his laptop (and vice versa) with Google Calendar.

This way, whatever you put on your laptop (via google calendar) it will appear on your N8, and similarly what you add from the N8 appears on your laptop.

This of course should be a working method for all MfE devices.

Video: Nokia N8 Mini (China Clone) same height as N95

November 13, 2010 6 comments

Here’s another China Clone of the Nokia N8, (check out the Android N8) and it’s the same size as the Nokia N95 when closed. That’s possibly 4/5ths the size of the original

Unlike the other China Clone this morning, this one runs a Symbian knock off and not Android.



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