HMD Global has finally lifted the lid on Nokia 8, its flagship Android smartphone for this year. The Nokia 8 is the fourth ‘Nokia’ branded smartphone coming this year after the Nokia 6, 5 and 3. Priced at EUR 599 (roughly Rs 45,200), the device definitely comes at a more stratospheric price tag than the Nokia 6. It will be arriving in select markets starting September. India price and availability of the device has not been confirmed.
Based on the specifications, HMD Global’s Nokia 8 will be going against other flagship smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC U11, LG G6 and even the upcoming iPhone 8 and the Galaxy Note 8 to some extent.
Based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the Nokia 8 boasts of a 5.3-inch QHD (2560×1440 pixels) resolution screen with 2.5D curved display along with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The processing power of the smartphone lies with the flagship octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, which is complimented by 4GB LPDDR4X RAM. Like what we saw in the rumours and leaks, the Nokia 8 comes with dual rear camera setup powered by 13MP sensors each. The camera lens comes from Carl Zeiss. While the first lens shoots coloured shots with OIS, the secondary rear camera shoots in monochrome. The primary camera has an aperture of f/2.0 along with PDAF and dual-tone flash. Nokia 8 is also the company’s first to come with Nokia OZO audio, which is a 360-degree audio technology for better multimedia experience. The cameras can also capture videos in 4K resolution. At the front, there is a 13MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and display flash. One of the most highlighted features of the device is ‘Bothie’ or Dual-Sight mode, which makes use of both front and rear cameras to show both angles on the screen. People can use this feature to live stream on YouTube and Facebook Live as well. On the storage front, the Nokia 8 features 64GB space (UFS 2.1), which can be bumped up to 256GB using a microSD card. There are no other variants of the handset based on RAM and inbuilt storage. What backs up the device is a 3090mAh non-removable battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 tech. Also supported are Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE connectivity, NFC, GPS and dual SIM cards. For added security, Nokia 8 has a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button at the front below the screen. It is also IP54 certified, which makes it water resistant to a certain level Measuring 151.5×73.7×7.9mm, the Nokia 8 will come in Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel and Polished Copper colour variants.