Expanding its Android smartphone portfolio, HMD Global owned Nokia has launched its flagship device called Nokia 8 at an event in London. HMD Global has designed its flagship smartphone in partnership with Carl Zeiss, a German manufacturer of optical systems. It will be made available globally in the month of September at a price of EUR 599 (approx $700 or Rs. 45,000) in Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, and Polished Copper colors.
Nokia 8 is built with 6000-series aluminum and sports unibody design with 5.3-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) IPS display that comes protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core (4 Kyro cores @ 1.8GHz & 4 Kyro cores @ 2.45GHz) SoC paired with 4GB of LPPDDR4X RAM. It comes with 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded further up to 256GB via microSD card.
The highlight of Nokia 8 is its camera that comes with ZEISS optics and dual-sight mode or bothie. It features 13MP dual image-fusion rear cameras (Color + OIS & Monochrome) with PDAF (phase detection auto focus), 1.12-micron pixels, f/2.0 aperture, IR range finder, and dual tone LED flash. It also packs 13MP front facing camera with wide angle lens, PDAF, 1.12-micron pixels, f/2.0 aperture, and display flash.
With dual-sight mode or bothie, users can make use of both front and rear camera simultaneously for split-screen videos and photos. Nokia 8 is the first smartphone that supports bothie. You can live stream video using both front and back cameras at the same time to Facebook Live or YouTube Live. Content creators can natively broadcast their unique Bothie stories to social media through the Dual-Sight functionality located within the camera app, explained HMD Global.
Check out the video to learn how bothie or dual-sight mode works:
Other features include 4K video recording with Nokia OZO spatial 360-degree audio technology for surround sound recording using three microphones. The tech lets you focus on sounds that matter to you while reducing background noise. The technology is also used by Hollywood filmmakers and music producers. Nokia 8 comes with IP54 rating making the smartphone splashproof. In terms of heat management, the device comes equipped with a copper pipe (from upper right corner to lower left) having liquid evaporating in the middle and condensing on the edges while the graphite shield transfers heat to the aluminum unibody which then dissipated it to the air.
It’s a dual SIM (Nano) smartphone that comes packed with 3090mAh battery and runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, however, the company has promised Android O update and is in advanced stages of testing Android O build for Nokia 8. “One of the fastest ways of getting O will be to get our new flagship,” stated HMD. Connectivity options include- 4G LTE Cat. 9, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/AGPS+GLONASS+BDS, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C charging port. Sensors on the smartphone include proximity, accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, fingerprint, hall sensor, and barometer.