“We are approaching the end of this painful product transition at the high end of our product portfolio”, says Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. He continues with a prediction “delivering the N8, with a high-quality user experience, will mark the beginning of our renewal. We will achieve our potential and regain high-end leadership in our industry.”
We absolutely want to give Nokia the benefit of the doubt, but at the moment, this seems like a very optimistic prediction from Nokia’s CEO. Although the N8 looks very interesting, it has not generated “envy” and “desire” as other recent handsets did – although there are N8 clones already. More importantly, it is powered by Symbian 3, which we consider to be out of the smartphone operating system race at this point (the N8 is the last N-Series Symbian phone). The early N8 previews were not positive.
And for sure, Nokia can move a lot of handsets around the world, but the question is: can Nokia make enough profits to stay in the race (Nokia’s smartphone profit is tiny, or non-existent)? So, far Nokia is trying to do the “right thing” by investing in handsets, OS and platform. However, this has not paid off in the past few years. At this point in time, it’s hard to believe that the Nokia N8 can truly be the savior – but we are anxious to see it in action. Nokia’s CEO is certainly betting big by making such a statement. More Nokia N8 news, Nokia N8 video editing in action
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