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Nokia N86: It's official, it's 8 megapixels

We met the Nokia N86 yesterday, but now it's official. The 8-megapixel camera phone is the first to include variable aperture, and we've got pictures for your perusal and edification

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Richard Trenholm
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Yesterday we saw leaked reports from Singapore revealing the new Nokia N86 prematurely poking its head into the wild. Today the 8-megapixel camera phone was confirmed.

Nokia seems to have fudged the announcement, the confused timing of which left us scratching our heads. Still, we're glad it's official, because now instead of fuzzy PowerPoint snaps and leaked spec sheets, we get PR gold like the claim that the N86 "is comparable to a high-quality, stand-alone digital camera... whether it's running with the bulls in Pamplona or capturing the panoramic beauty of a sunrise over Sydney". Running from beery louts in Putney and sleet over Sydenham, more like. Here's a fun little video.

Along with its Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, we now learn the N86 is the first mobile device with variable aperture. That's the hole in the camera that lets light in, to you and me. Altering aperture creates different effects, such as bokeh.

You also get a scratch-resistant OLED screen, built-in compass and automatic geotagging for Flickr and Ovi. It has a dinky little kick-stand for watching movies and stuff, and a built-in FM transmitter so you can stream music to your car radio. Click through our photos for more.

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Here we see the LED dual flash in action. Blindin'.
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Here's the N86 with its keyboard slid out the other way, for accessing email and messages.
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The N86 includes N-Gage features for gaming on the go.
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Aw, isn't that just adorable? Nokia reckons the N86 will cost around 375 Euros (£330) and we should see it in the second quarter of 2009.

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