Nokia Mobile revealed the highly anticipated Nokia 8 last night. The flagship Nokia smartphone ships with everything you can expect from a flagship. It has the top of the line processor, decent amount of storage and RAM. Its best standout feature is going to be the dual cameras, together with OZO audio technology. Before we get
The phone got revealed while the public side of the event didn’t go any good. Firstly there was no official live stream. Secondly, the YouTubers who were supposed to start with unboxing at 7:30 PM more or less failed. Anyways, the Nokia 8 is real and before we get to the details, here’s the official introductory video.
Nokia 8: Key Specifications
- Size: 151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm
- Display: 5.3” IPS QHD (2560 x 1440) w/ Gorilla® Glass 5 protection
- Primary camera: 13 MP (Colour + OIS) + 13 MP (Mono)
- Front-facing camera: 13 MP PDAF
- CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835
- RAM: 4GB LPPDDR4X
- Storage: 64GB with SD card support up to 256GB
- Operating system: Android Nougat, upgradable to Android O
- Battery: 3090mAh2, non-removable
- Colors: Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper
Design wise, Nokia 8 looks identical to the Nokia 5, but that’s where the similarities end. The internals, as well as the craftsmanship, is entirely different. The internals of the Nokia 8 is engraved in a metallic chassis which is crafted from 6000 series aluminum. The build is so crafted that the phone measures just 4.6mm at the edge and just 7.3mm slim on average. That said, nobody would have opposed a slightly thicker phone if the battery was increased up by a few hundred milliamps.
Powerful, yet cooler: The Nokia 8 has a powerful Snapdragon 835 processor. It’s obvious that the more power also produces more heat. HMD did quite a meaningful effort here to make the Nokia 8 always feel cool in hand. HMD has added full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe across the full length and breadth of the handset. The end result is that the heat gets dissipated faster and properly, resulting in a cooler phone, thus avoiding CPU/GPU throttling due to increased temperature.
The battery on the Nokia 8 is a bit of disappointment at just 3090mAh. Keeping in mind that the Nokia 8 is a camera centric device and comes with a QHD display, the battery should have been larger. Anyways, the support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 can help the power users by recharging the battery much faster.
Cameras: The biggest selling point of the Nokia 8 is its camera(s). While I’m no camera guru, I’m more than certain that Nokia 8 is here to give the competition a tough fight. The Nokia 8 features dual 13MP sensors (color + mono) at the back, further improved by lenses from Zeiss. The color camera supports OIS (thankfully not resorting to EIS) and takes the support of the IR range finder and dual tone flash to provide for great pictures under low light as well.
Front camera & “Bothie”: The front camera is a similar 13MP sensor, along with Zeiss optics. While there is no flash at the front, the phone can use the display to provide some lighting to improve the pictures. The Nokia 8 comes with Dual-Sight mode allowing users to take Bothies (RIP selfies?). The dual sight mode allows users to record or click from both (front & back) cameras simultaneously.
Nokia 8 users can stream straight (live) to Facebook Live™ and YouTube Live using the options built into the camera app.
OZO Audio: As expected, the Nokia 8 features Nokia’s OZO audio technology. Nokia 8 is the first ever phone to feature Nokia OZO spatial 360° audio built into its core.
Price & availability: The Nokia 8 is priced at €599 ($706). The phone will be available for purchase in the first half of September.