Nokia is back with a flagship Android device in the form of the Nokia 8.
Nokia 8 is priced at Rs. 36,999 in India. It will go on sale in India on October 14 and will be available on Amazon India and offline stores as well.
Packed with the latest hardware, the phone (at least on paper) has what it it takes to compete with some of the more established flagships currently available in the market. Besides specifications, the phone also offers some pretty interesting features. Let’s take a look at what the Nokia 8 has to offer.
The company’s previous three devices, the Nokia 3, 5, and 6, sported mid-range specifications at best. With the Nokia 8, the company has included top-of-the-line specifications such as Qualcomm’s current flagship-grade platform, the Snapdragon 835. The phone also offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded by up to 256GB. It is also equipped with a 3090mAh non-removable battery.
Aluminium metal build
The Nokia’s phones of old were known for their build, like this phone might continue the tradition. The company notes that the Nokia 8 is precision machined from a single block of 6000 series aluminium. It also says that the phone undergoes a 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing. The Nokia 8 also sports a compact 5.3-inch QHD display that is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Rounded edges with matching antenna lines
The Nokia 8 comes with rounded edges and the company notes that the phone is designed to nestle into the palm of the hand. On the top and bottom edges are the antenna lines. These lines match the colour of the phone itself and this ensures that the device features an even look all around.
New ‘Bothie’ photographs
One of the interesting new features of the Nokia 8 is something the company calls ‘Bothie’. Users will be able to use the front and back cameras simultaneously for split-screen photos and videos. This mode can also be used when live streaming on Facebook or YouTube.
Dual-cameras at the back with Zeiss optics
Dual-rear cameras seem to be the next big thing with mobile manufacturers, and now Nokia has also jumped on that bandwagon with the Nokia 8. The phone sports two 13MP cameras at the back with optics by Zeiss. One of the cameras sports a RGB sensor, while the other sports a monochrome sensor, a setup similar to the one used by the Huawei P9. At the front is a single 13MP unit.
Cameras with PDAF, IR range finder and more
At the back, the two cameras are aided with a f/2.0 aperture lens, 76.9 degree field of view and 1.12um pixel size. Other features include Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), IR range finder and a dual-tone flash. The front camera sports PDAF, 1.12um pixel size, 74.4 degree field of view and a display flash.
Nokia OZO Spatial 360 degree audio
The Nokia 8 also comes with the company’s OZO Spatial 360 degree audio. Nokia says that this technology lets users accentuate select sounds, while reducing any ambient or background noise. The company promises that this tech, combined with 4K video recording will help users take better quality videos from the phone.
Stock Android Nougat v7.1.1
The Nokia 8 comes with a near stock version of Google’s Android Nougat operating system. The company promises to keep the sending out regular updates, which would include any new features or security updates released by Google themselves. The company is also offers unlimited storage space on Google Photos. Further, Nokia has already promised to update its previous phones to Android O when it launches, and the company will most likely extend the same to its new flagship.
Heating pipe to keep things cool
Heating issues are something that all manufacturers try to avoid, as excessive heating can affect the longevity of a device. To keep things cool, Nokia has added a full-length copper cooling pipe with a graphite shield. This will help dissipate heat across the the full body of the phone, which will help the device stay cool.
Compatible with Nokia’s other accessories
The Nokia 8 is compatible with a number of the company’s other accessories such as the Active Wireless Earphones. These wireless headphones feature magnetic clips and are water, sweat and dust proof.
Available in four colour variants
The Nokia 8 is available in four colour variants, namely Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper. The phone is priced at EUR 599 (approx Rs 45,000). However, it is not yet known when the phone will come to India or how much it will cost in the country.
Polished Copper looks striking
The Polished Copper colour variant of the phone definitely seems like one of the most striking colours we’ve seen on a phone yet. Stay tuned for our review of Nokia’s new flagship smartphone to see if can truly go toe-to-toe with some of the best the other manufacturers have on offer.
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