Ever since Nokia announced it return to smartphones, there have been rumours of a flagship-grade device by the company. After months of rumours, HMD-Global has finally announced the Nokia 8 and the device lines up with what the leaks were pointing at. Further, Nokia finally has a device that can compete with (at least in terms of specifications) against other flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC U11, OnePlus 5 and more. The Nokia 8 will be available in September globally and is priced at EUR 599 (Rs. 45,000 approx). The phone will be available in four colour options - Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper
Like all flagships this year, HMD-Global has also settled for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 to power its flagship device. The octa-core chip is used in multiple devices, including the OnePlus 5 and HTC U11. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the only exceptions to this (except in the US) since both phones are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 SoC, which is equally powerful.
4GB RAM, 64GB storage
While there were rumours of Nokia launching the phone with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage, Nokia has gone with the more subtle 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option, which is used by other top-of-the-line phones. The storage can be further expanded via a 256GB microSD card.
While the phone is available in four color variants, there is a fifth colour called the Gloss Blue, which features 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Camera with ZEISS optics
The Nokia 8 features a 13MP dual-camera setup. One of the 13MP rear shooters, captures images in RGB, while the other shoots images in monochrome. The primary RGB sensor is supported by OIS and both cameras use ZEISS optics
The front facing camera uses a 13MP sensor with PDAF (phase detection autofocus). Nokia has also fitted this camera with ZEISS optics.
Nokia also touting something called the ‘Bothie’ mode, which will allow Nokia 8 users to do a live video in 1080p, with both cameras at the same time. Nokia says that this is an extreme example of what the phone is capable of.
Android Nougat 7.1.1
Like with other Android-powered phones in its portfolio, Nokia is offering the latest version of the OS with a near stock interface, and has promised to keep it updated. The company is also offering buyers unlimited storage on Google Photos. Nokia is expected to update its previously launched phones to Android O, and the Nokia 8 should be no exception.
Nokia is known for it’s well designed phones, and the Nokia 8 seems to follow suite. The phone is made out of CNC 6000 series aluminum with a unibody design and is 7.9mm thick. The company has given much emphasis on keeping the camera flush with the body. To keep things cool, Nokia has also employed a ‘bespoke’ heat pipe and graphite shield to dissipate heat from the phone. Nokia claims that this cools the phone down in ‘Bothie’ mode. The new Nokia 8 is also IP54 certified, making it splashproof.
Besides these, the Nokia 8 has a 5.3-inch 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 display. It uses an IPS panel with QHD resolution (2560 x 1440p). The battery on the device is 3090mAh, which is charged using a USB Type-C port. Nokia has also employed its spatial OZO audio technology on the phone for more immersive audio experience. The phone comes in a dual SIM variant with a hybrid SIM slot. As of now, there is no news on when Nokia will launch the phone in India or how much it will cost, but we expect the device to launch around September, alongside its global rollout.