Nokia 8 launched with Snapdragon 835, dual cameras and spatial audio capabilities
After the company catered to the budget segment with the 3,5 and 6 models, Nokia is all set to revitalize the brand in the flagship bracket with the newly launched Nokia 8. The phone has been a long time coming and a lot rides with it.
The Nokia 8 is a flagship full metal phone which will compete with the likes of the Samsung S8 and the iPhone 7. It also features Carl Zeiss optics, Spatial Audio and a new way to capture moments with a feature known as ‘bothie’.
Starting with the display the 8 has a 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS LCD Display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass on the top to prevent it from getting scratched or nicked. It is powered by the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The memory is expandable upto 256GB via a microSD card slot.
The Nokia 8 is trying to make room for itself in the lucrative flagship market with a stunning design, clean software, top-of-the-line internals and a dual camera system powered by Zeiss optics.
Following the design language of the Nokia 3, 5 and 6, the Nokia 8 features an all metal construction – aluminium 6000 alloy and looks extremely good, although nothing too new. The back of the phone features a dual-camera system with two 13MP sensors (An RGB and a monochrome sensor). The monochrome sensor as seen in other phones will capture depth information for a bokeh effect. Both cameras have an f/2.0 aperture and are capable of shooting video in 4k.
It is interesting to know that Nokia 8 will also be the first phone that will be able to live-stream ‘Dual-Sight’ videos to social media websites such as Facebook and YouTube. Although this isn’t unheard of, but Nokia will be the first one to be able to live-stream this. It can take both videos and photos. The Nokia 8 is also capable of recording spatial audio which means that it can capture 360-degree fully immersive audio and play the sound in multiple directions, imitating how it was recorded.
The phone although misses water-resistance, is certified to be splash-proof (IP 54 certified) and will be able to withstand light splashes. The 8 has a 3090 mAh battery with Quickcharge 3.0 support. Apparently, it also comes with a full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe that dissipates heat across the full-length and breadth of the smartphone.
The Nokia 8 will run on a stock version of Android 7.1.1 and comes with a promise of timely updates. Android enthusiasts will welcome this decision as the phone will be free of bloatware. They also claim that they will be among the first phones to get updated to Android O when it is released. The phone will support Bluetooth 5.0 and will have a 3.5mm jack inspite of having a USB Type C port.
The phone is priced at €599 and will go on sale in early September. HMD Global is relying on the company’s brand name to create a place for itself in this highly competitive market. It is expected to hit Indian shores pretty soon too.