09 October 2018
After a long wait, Nokia has finally launched its first true Android flagship since its return to the smartphone business. It is the much-awaited and much-rumored Nokia 8 which was unveiled at an event held in London. And as you would expect, it is a flagship in every sense with all the high-end specifications and features that you would expect from any modern age flagship.
The Nokia 8 sports a 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass and 2.5D glass. Under the hood, it is powered by the Qualcomm's greatest and fastest Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.4GHz along with Adreno 540 GPU. It offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for microSD card expansion up to 256GB. There is also a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model but it is limited only to Gloss Blue color variant.
The newly launched Nokia 8 has followed the trend of dual cameras as you will find dual 13-megapixel shooters on the back. One of these sensors is a color sensor and another one is a monochrome sensor. These are Zeiss Optics branded sensors which is something HMD Global confirmed earlier this year. The rear cameras also feature f/2.0 aperture, 76.9-degree field of view, dual-tone LED flash, and 1.12 μm pixel size. As for taking selfies, it has a 13-megapixel front shooter with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12 μm pixel size, and 78.4-degree field of view. There is no LED flash for taking selfies but you do get display flash.
The interesting thing about Nokia 8's cameras is the Dual-Sight Mode (also known as Bothie mode) which basically allows users to use the feed (clicking photos or recording video) from both rear and front cameras. The feed from both cameras is visible on the display in split screen mode which can then even be live streamed on Facebook or YouTube directly from the phone's camera app.
To keep the lights on, the whole package is backed by a 3090mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging. On the software front, it will be shipping with stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat with a promised update to Android O in the future. You will also find a fingerprint scanner on the back panel. The Nokia 8 features IP54 rating which does make it splash-proof but should not be confused for water resistance. It further has a USB Type-C port and yes, it also features a 3.5mm headphone jack. For all audiophiles out there, Nokia has made use of Ozo Audio for offering a premium audio output. This is a first for mobile phones but the technology is being used for 360-degree VR cameras by Hollywood professionals for quite some time.
In terms of build and design, the Nokia 8 features a unibody design made out of 6000 series aluminum with 7.3 mm thickness on an average and 4.6 mm thickness on the edge. If interested, you will be able to get the Nokia 8 in Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue, and Steel color options. It has been priced at 599 Euros will go on sales starting September 6th globally.