Nokia hosted a very successful launch event at Mobile World Congress in January to announce the Nokia 6, 5 and 3, but left the crowd wanting more when they left out announcing a flagship device. Today, that has changed with the announcement of Nokia 8 at an event hosted by HMD Global in London. The phone was subject of much speculation, with the most persistent rumours being of Zeiss optics equipped dual cameras. Today, the company has put all speculation to rest and for those waiting eagerly for this device, you’re going to love what it has to offer
Nokia 8 Specifications & Features
The Nokia 8 is powered by Qualcomm’s top of the line chip, the Snapdragon 835 paired with 4GB of RAM. The phone also comes with 64GB of on-board storage, which can be expanded by means of a micro-SD card. Interestingly, HMD Global has both single SIM and dual SIM variants of the phone, however, the dual SIM variant is equipped with a hybrid slot, meaning that if you do end up using a micro-SD card, you’ll lose the ability to use a secondary SIM. The 5.3 inch display has a resolution 2560×1440 resolution protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
The Nokia 8 is built out of a single block of series 6000 aluminium and will be made available in four colours with two matte and two glossy finishes. The matte finish comes in tempered blue and steel while the glossy versions will be made available in copper and polished blue. HMD Global says that the Nokia 8 has an IP54 rating, which makes it just about splash proof. In context, the Google Pixel XL (and the Google Pixel) has an IP3 rating. The Nokia 8 is powered by a 3090mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 thanks to the on-board USB-C port.
The Nokia 8 runs stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat right out of the box. Nokia is committed to the promise of not just a bloatware free smartphone experience, but also that of the one to receive updates faster than any other OEM. HMD Global says that the smartphone will be the fastest way to get Android O and given that Google may launch the Pixel 2 in October, it is likely the Nokia 8 might get Android O even before Google’s own flagship.
Nokia 8 Camera
The highlight of the Nokia 8 happens to be the one feature that was subject to the most speculation; the dual camera. Nokia’s comeback is complimented by the return of Zeiss optics to smartphone cameras, a partnership that has been the hallmark of Nokia smartphones. The Nokia 8 comes equipped with dual 13-megapixel cameras, one with an RGB sensor and the other monochrome, just like Huawei. The front camera doesn’t just sport the same resolution as the primary camera, but also happens to use the same sensor, along with being equipped with autofocus. Both the front and rear cameras are capable of 4K recording, which should please YouTube creators or anyone who generally loves to shoot video. Speaking of YouTube creators, Nokia has tweaked their camera software (as usual) to allow live streaming of video from both cameras simultaneously to Facebook or Youtube, thanks to a feature Nokia calls Dual Sight.
The video is accompanied by high dynamic range microphones, something Nokia used to be well known for. Back in the day, the company had something called High Amplitude Audio Recording which used microphones capable of capturing high sound pressure levels with little to no discernable distortion. This is what made the Nokia Lumia 920 and subsequent flagship Lumias great for recording audio at concerts. The Nokia 8’s high dynamic range microphones are accompanied by OZO audio, which will allow the Nokia 8 to pick up 3D spatial audio.
Nokia 8 Price and Availability
HMD Global has announced that the Nokia 8 will start shipping globally in September 2017, with a price tag of €599 (roughly Rs. 45,000). HMD Global’s chief product officer Juho Sarvikas told the Indian Express that the Nokia 8 will be coming to India sometime October 2017.