Difference Between Nokia N8 and N9

Nokia N8 vs N9 – Full Specs Compared | MeeGo 1.2 for Nokia N9

What would you say if the battle for supremacy is within the family? Yes, this is what is going to happen with the recent unveiling of the latest smartphone Nokia N9 by the Finnish giant. N8 was launched in the last quarter of 2010 and became popular with its exciting features. But it has to face stiff competition with its younger sibling Nokia N9 based on Meego which has arrived on the scene with faster and better performance. This article will highlight all the differences between N8 and N9 to enable new buyers to choose according to their requirements.

Nokia N8

Without even using it, Nokia N8 feels special. It looks robust in anodized aluminum body and has a superb 12 MP camera with Xenon flash. It also has a superb OLED screen. You get a special feeling the moment you pick up the smartphone with its shiny, metallic finish.

To begin with, the smartphone measures 113.5×59.1×12.9mm and weighs just 135g. It has a AMOLED capacitive touch screen that stands at 3.5 inches, and produces a resolution of 360×640 pixels (though not exceptionally high, but decent enough to make a bright and vibrant display). It has all standard smartphone features such as accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyro sensor, multi touch input method, and a 3,5 mm audio jack at the top.

N8 runs on legendary Symbian 3 OS, has a 680 MHz AEM11 processor, and packs 256 MB of RAM with 512 MB ROM. It provides 16 GB storage expandable to 32 GB through micro SD cards.It is Wi-Fi802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, GPS with A-GPS, EDGE and GPRS (class 10). It boasts of stereo FM radio with RDS. It has WAP HTML browser that allows smooth browsing.

N8 is packed with 2 cameras and the rear camera is a delight for those fond of clicking pictures as it is 12 MP that shoots in 4000X3000 pixels, has a Carl Zeiss lens, is auto focus with Xenon flash and allows geo tagging and face detection. It can record HD videos in 720p@25fps. N8 also has a secondary VGA camera to make video calls.

N8 is equipped with standard Li-ion battery (1200mAh) that provides a talk time of up to 5 hrs 50 min in 3G.

Nokia N9

If you are fed up with Android and Apple OS, and want something new, try N9 from Nokia. It operates on Meego, a brand new OS that is a big departure from the legendary Symbian OS. It is packed with comes exciting new features that make it a sure shot winner such as swipe. No matter where you are inside an app, just a simple swipe at the edge of the display will take you back to home screen; so no more pushing of buttons. It boasts of three home screens that allows for a larger number of features and apps to remain at your finger tips. Let us see what it holds for a user.

N9 measures 116.5×61.2×12.1mm and weighs 135g making it light and handy. It boasts of a nice 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen with true to life 16 M colors and a resolution of 480X854 pixels. The screen makes use of Gorilla Glass technology making it scratch resistant. It is also anti glare to make for easy reading in bright lighting. N9 has accelerometer, proximity sensor, 3.5 mm audio jack and a multi touch input method.

N9 runs on Meego v1.2 Harmattan, has a powerful 1 GHz cortex A8 processor and packs a solid 1 GB of RAM. It provides for 16GB/64GB of internal storage, so no provision for micro SD cards. The smartphone is Wi-Fi802.11b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, NFC, EDGE and GPRS (class 33), Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP+EDR, and an HTML and WAP browser that provides seamless browsing. With NFC, it’s very easy to pair and share the media contents, just touch the devices to share.

N9 has a 8 MP camera with Carl Zeiss opitcs sensor and wide angle lens at the rear side that shoots pictures in 3264×2448 pixels. It is continuous auto focus with dual LED flash. It has features of geo tagging, face detection and touch focus. It can record HD videos in 720p at 30fps. Nokia boasts N9 as the world’s first phone with Dolby Digital Plus decoding and Dolby Headphone post-processing technology. With this head phone technology you can enjoy the surround sound experience with any type of of headphone.

N9 comes preloaded with Angry Birds, Real Golf, and Galaxy on Fire. It has a standard Li-ion battery (1450mAh) that provides a talk time of up to 7 hours in 3G.

Comparison Between Nokia N8 and Nokia N9

• N9 has a bigger display (3.9 inch) than N8 (3.5 inch)

• N9 has more RAM (1 GB) than N8 (256 MB)

• N8 has a better camera (12 MP) than N9 (8 MP)

• The pictures shot by N8 have a better resolution (4000×3000 pixels) than those shot by N9 (3264×2448 pixels)

• N9 is thinner (12.1mm at the center-thicker side and 7.6mm towards the edge) than N8 (12.9mm)

• The screen of N9 has more resolution (480×854 pixels) than N8 (360×640 pixels)

• N8 makes use of latest version of Bluetooth (v3.0) while N9 has v2.1.

• N8 has stereo FM radio while N9 does not have it

• N9 runs on MeeGo OS while N8 runs on Symbian OS

• N9 has unique swipe ability and three home screen that are absent in N8

• N9 has a better sound technology than N8

• N9 has NFC for added connectivity which is not available in N8

Nokia N9 – Introduced

Comparison of Specifications
Nokia N9 vs Nokia N8
 DesignNokia N9Nokia N8
Form FactorCandy Bar - Unibody with all screenCandy Bar
KeyboardOn-screen VirtualVirtual keyboard
Dimension116.45x61.2x7.6-12.1 mm113.5 x 59 x 12.9 mm
Weight135 g135 g
Body ColorMagenta, Cyan, BlackSilver White, Dark Grey, Orange, Blue, Green
 DisplayNokia N9Nokia N8
Size3.9 in3.5 inches
ResolutionFWVGA (854 x 480 pixels), 16:9 Aspect ratio360 x 640 pixels
Features16M color, Scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass with anti glare coating16M color, scratch resistance
SensorsAccelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensorMagnetometer, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor,Ambient light detector
 Operating SystemNokia N9Nokia N8
PlatformMeeGo 1.2 HarmattanSymbian 3.0
UINokia custom UI
BrowserWebKit2, HTML5, XHTMLWAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML 4.1, HTTP v1.1
Java/Adobe FlashJavaScriptJava MIDP 2.1, Flash Lite 4.0
 ProcessorNokia N9Nokia N8
ModelARM 11
Speed1GHz684 MHz
 MemoryNokia N9Nokia N8
Included16GB / 64GB16 GB
ExpansionUp to 32 GB with microSD card
 CameraNokia N9Nokia N8
Resolution8 MP with Carl Zeiss optics12 Megapixel
FlashDual LEDXenon
Focus, ZoomContinuous auto focus, touch focus, 4x Digital zoomAuto focus, 2x digital zoom
Video Capture720p@30fps HDHD 720p@25fps, 3x digital zoom
FeaturesWide angle lens, Aperture F2.2, Digital shutter, Photo editor, Automatic Motion Blur ReductionCarl Zeiss optics, Face recognition, pinch zoom image viewer, Geo tagging
Secondary cameraMagnetometer, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor,Ambient light detector
 EntertainmentNokia N9Nokia N8
AudioDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Headphone, Formats: MPEG-4 AAC , eAAC, eAAC+, MPEG-1, WMA9, FLACDolby Digital plus Surround Sound, File Formats: MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, E-AC-3,
Video720p Playback, Dolby Mobile and Dolby Digital Plus support, Formats: H.263, MPEG4-SP & ASP, H.264 BMPEG4, H.264, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, Real video 10, Video streaming
Gaming3D Games, Preloaded: Angry Birds Magic, Need for Speed Shift, Galaxy on Fire 2 Real Golf 2011Support for OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenVG 1.1, Java games
FM RadioYes
 BatteryNokia N9Nokia N8
Type Capacity1200 mAh Li-ion
Talktime7 hours (3G), 11 hours (2G)Up to 12 h (2G), 5 h 50 min (3G)
Standby450 hours (3G), 380 hours (2G)Up to 390 h (2G), 400 h (3G)
 Mail and MessagingNokia N9Nokia N8
MailPOP3/IMAP Gmail, Email, Push mail4POP3/IMAP Email, Unified Push Email Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, Outlook
MessagingSMS, MMS, IM (Google talk, Facebook, Skype)SMS, MMS, IM (Google talk), Windows Live,
 ConnectivityNokia N9Nokia N8
Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi HotspotYes3
Bluetoothv2.1+EDR supports A2DP stereo, FTP/OPP for file transfer, PBAPv 3.0
USB2.0 High speed, micro-USB port2.0 compatible, micro-USB port
 Location ServiceNokia N9Nokia N8
MapsOvi MapsOvi Map with voice guided navigation
GPSA-GPS with NavigationA-GPS
Lost-Theft Protection
 Network SupportNokia N9Nokia N8
 ApplicationsNokia N9Nokia N8
AppsOvi StoresOvi Store, Ovi Suite
Social NetworksFacebook, Twitter, Picasa, YouTube, FlickrFacebook, Google talk, Twitter, MySpace
Voice CallingSkypeConference call
Video CallingYes, WCDMA network services
FeaturedJoikuspot Wi-Fi tethering, Accuweather, Swype, Track and Protect,
 Business MobilityNokia N9Nokia N8
Corporate MailMicrosoft Exchange Active Sync
 SecurityNokia N9Nokia N8
 Additional FeaturesNokia N9Nokia N8
 NFC, MicroSIM card slotWebTV, Anodized Al casing, 3 customizable Homescreens