At the event held in London, HMD Global has finally announced their flagship smartphone - Nokia 8. With the launch of the first Nokia branded Android flagship, the company has put an end to the rumors and leaks those have been hitting the web all this while.
Unlike the other Nokia smartphones launched earlier this year, the Nokia 8 flaunts a premium design and high-end specifications as it is the flagship smartphone launched by the company. Most details of the Nokia 8 are known to us previously via the earlier leaks and speculations. But there are many new features on the Nokia 8.
Nokia 8 features an unibody design and is built using a single block of 6000 series aluminum. The pure design is claimed to be refined through a 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing to give it a premium finish. The smartphone measures 7.3mm in thickness on an average.
Nokia 8 bestows a 5.3-inch IPS 2K resolution display with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. Under its hood, the smartphone makes use of a Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 4GB RAM. There is 64GB default memory space that can be expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card. The device gets the power from a 3090mAh battery with the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support. The connectivity features on board include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, dual SIM support in select markets, 3.5mm audio jack and USB Type-C port.
The highlight of Nokia 8 is its dual-rear camera setup. HMD Global and Carl Zeiss announced their partnership in the last month, stirring rumors that the Nokia 8 will feature the camera technology from the latter. Likewise, the Nokia 8 comes with a 13MP dual-lens rear camera setup for clicking photos in RGB and monochrome. The dual camera setup comes with OIS, PDAF, IR range finder and f/2.0 aperture. Up front, the Nokia flagship smartphone features a 13MP selfie camera with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and display flash.
The Nokia 8 runs on stock Android like the other Nokia smartphones in the market. The device has been launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. HMD has already assured that the Nokia smartphones will receive OS support for two years so we can expect the Android O update to be rolled out to the Nokia 8 in the coming months.
Besides these technical specifications, the Nokia 8 comes with other features such as Liquid Cooling, Dual-Sight and Nokia OZO Audio. Also, the smartphone has the IP54 rating that makes it splash proof. The presence of Nokia OZO Audio was already tipped by the rumors and speculations and it captures spatial audio with the help of 4 or more microphones (if your smartphone has these many microphones). The Dual-Sight feature lets you capture images via both the front and back cameras at the same time in split screen and also live stream using the dual rear camera lenses. Liquid Cooling keeps the Nokia 8 cool under any circumstances.
Price and availability
The Nokia 8 has been launched at €599 (approx. Rs. 45,000). HMD has announced that the Nokia 8 will be made available in the global markets starting from early September. The device will be available in Polished Copper, Polished Blue, Tempered Blue and Steel.