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Nokia N86 8MP review

Operating system
434 MHz
Screen Size
8+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Nokia N86 8MP offers advanced camera technologies, combined with the power and maturity of the Symbian OS and the intuitive S60 3rd edition interface.

- GSMArena team, GSMArena

Pros: Screen looks great indoors; Camera takes great pictures; Lots of features; Nice speakers. Cons: Screen doesn’t work well outdoors; Could use some more processing power; Not many options to upload pictures to the web.

- Howard Chui, HowardChui

The Nokia N86 8MP doesn't break much new ground, but it's a good entry in Nokia's much-loved N series. It's not as easy to use as the iPhone or the HTC Hero, for example, but it really packs in the features, and, if you can find them, there are zillions of fantastic apps out there to make it even be...

- Flora Graham , CNET

The Nokia N86 8MP is a great handset and a significant improvement in build quality from previous Nokia Nseries sliders. Overall, it seems that Nokia have polished their Nseries devices to a higher standard, cramming the most tech possible into the smallest form factor. However, I feel somewhat unde...

- Russell Jefferies, MobileBurn

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Common Questions

Nokia released the N86 8MP on February 17, 2009.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia N86 8MP user manual here.

Nokia backs up the N86 8MP with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your N86 8MP has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Nokia N86 8MP's screen size is 2.6 inches with x pixels resolution.

434 MHz

There is a ARM11 434 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 13 days standby time, 390 minutes.

N86 8MP Specs

Release date February 17, 2009
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
900/1900/2100 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM11 434 MHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 128 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.76 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 390 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 13 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Indigo Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.3 x 5.1 x 1.7 cm (4.1 x 2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 149 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
8+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC, AMR, WMA
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV, RealVideo
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID No
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, GIF, JPG, PPT, RTF, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments -
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