The wait for a Nokia flagship device is finally over as the Finnish tech giant HMD Global has launched its much awaited Nokia 8 smartphone in London. The smartphone had created a lot of buzz lately and was highly anticipated by the Nokia fans around the world. The Nokia 8, as it was rumoured, holds a spectacular design and comes with high-end features going neck-to-neck with current flagships available.
Talking about the price, the smartphone comes with a price tag of 599 Euros (Rs. 45,500 approx) and is said to be available for sale globally in the month of September. While there is no clue about its exact date of arrival in India but we can expect it to launch somewhere around September here as well. The Nokia 8 comes in Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel color variants.
The Nokia 8 sports a 5.3-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixel) IPS LCD display with 2.5D curved glass and Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. The smartphone however does not hold a bezel less display like most of companies are opting for their flagships now a days. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor manufactured using the 10nm process. The device comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage which can be further expanded up to 256 GB via microSD card.
The Nokia 8 runs on latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat with 100 percent stock Android UI on top, similar to the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. The company also promises time to time monthly security updates and yearly Android version updates, hence we’ll certainly see it running on Android O in near future.
The imaging department of the smartphone comes up as the premium highlight, where Nokia is using the Carl Zeiss lens making things a bit nostalgic. Nokia 8 holds a vertically aligned dual rear camera setup with both 13 MP sensors. The primary one is the RGB sensor coupled with optical image stabilization while the secondary one is the monochrome sensor. The rear sensors come with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, Dual-tone LED flash and also supports 4K video recording. On the front, again there is a 13 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture, display flash, PDAF and Zeiss lens.
The Nokia 8 also highlights an innovative feature called ‘Bothie‘ which allows ‘Dual-Sight’ video to be live streamed natively and in real-time to social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram etc. The Dual-Sight allows the users to use the front and rear camera at the same time in a split screen view. This feature can be utilized for both photos and videos.
The smartphone holds a premium metal uni-body made up of series 6000 aluminium and the company also claims that the Nokia 8 is put through a 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing and that the high-gloss finish on a few color variants takes over 20 hours to complete. The smartphone packs 3,090 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 to keep things ticking. It also holds a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button and comes with IP54 rating which makes it splash proof.
The Nokia 8 also comes with the OZO audio technology which promises a 360 degree fully immersive audio experience with the smartphone. The three microphones and Nokia’s acoustic algorithms enables the users to capture 360 degree spatial surround sound.The connectivity options include, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO, GPS/AGPS, GLONASS, NFC, ANT+ and Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C and 3.5 mm Audio jack.