The N8's audio skills under the microsope
GLOBAL – We’ve seen the photographic prowess of the Nokia N8. We’ve delved into its innards for get a detailed look at its workings. We’ve caught up with a pair of experts: one on the camera and one on HDMI. Now, it’s time to cast the spotlight on the audio talents of the Symbian^3 toting handset. How well does the speaker work? What’s Dolby doing on a handset? Find out after the jump.
Nokia N8 – Dolby
The Nokia N8 is the first device to sport a full implementation of Dolby Digital Plus. This isn’t just a stripped down version of what you’ll find in your living room, this is the real deal. This means the Nokia N8, along with delivering HD quality video, offers full 5.1 surround sound. Of course, it’s unlikely the N8 will take the place of your disc spinner at home, but hit the road and together with an HDMI cable, you can be watching great movies anywhere you find yourself in front of a TV.
Nokia N8 – Speakers
We could go on about the power of the mono speaker and how good it sounds, but you won’t be able to hear it. Instead, here’s a hands-on video testing the speaker on the new N8.
Nokia N8 microphones
Damian Dinning touched on this in his post on the N8’s camera. You’ll find two microphones on the Nokia N8: one on the rear of the device and one on its face. Both microphones will record when you’re capturing video. The result? Audio that’s both rich and clear as day, in video voice-overs, video recording and calls.
Nokia N8 – Audio outputs
Naturally, the Nokia N8 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Plug in any pair of buds or cans to enjoy your tunes. There’s also a micro USB connector for an additional microphone or specialist audio equipment. Here’s a walkthrough video of the audio offering on the Nokia N8, including a look at the new coverflow UI.