Nokia unveiled its much awaited flagship smartphone yesterday, named Nokia 8.
We can say it is packed with tons of good stuff. We are going to tell you everything you need to know about the high-end smartphone.
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Nokia 8 specifications and design
The Nokia 8 has a 5.3” IPS LCD display with QHD resolution (2560 x 1440) and the display is very bright having 700nits of maximum brightness.
Front is protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 which curved into the phone’s metal shell, which is milled out of 6000 series aluminum.
The phone measures 7.9mm at the thickest point and has basic resistance to the elements with an IP54 splash resistance rating which is good.
On the front, there is a physical home button flanked by capacitive keys for back and recent applications. There is also a fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button.
The Nokia 8 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest high end chipset – the Snapdragon 835. The 10nm processor is found in most flagships currently such as the HTC U11 and Xperia XZ Premium.
Additionally, the Nokia 8 comes with 4GB of RAM, the Adreno 540 GPU and 64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 256 GB).
The Nokia 8 comes with a 3090 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. Nokia claims that the Nokia 8 comes with a very innovative heat management solution with a full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe that dissipates heat across the full length and breadth of the smartphone. Well, this is not exactly new. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 too come with a cooling system that uses copper pipe. But it’s good to see Nokia implementing such techniques to make its smartphones better.
Just like the Nokia 6, 5 and 3, the Nokia 8 runs on a stock build of Android and comes with the promise of timely monthly security updates and yearly Android version updates.
The Nokia 8 runs on the latest version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat with no unnecessary bloat and changes to the UI – it is clear, smooth and snappy.
Nokia has promised that the Nokia 8 will be updated to Android O as and when it is released.
Nokia claims that they will be the first or amongst the first non Google manufacturers to bring the upcoming Android O to their smartphones.
Nokia has had a long and storied history when it comes to smartphone photography. Along with Carl Zeiss, the company has given us iconic camera phones such as the Nokia N95 – the first phone in the world to come with a 5MP rear camera and the Nokia 808 PureView – which came with a 41MP rear camera.
Dual-Rear cameras and a great front camera
Nokia 8 carries forward the legendary Nokia – ZEISS partnership. The Nokia 8 comes with a ZEISS powered dual camera setup at the rear – a primary 13MP RGB (color) sensor with optical image stabilisation paired with a 13MP secondary monochrome (black and white) sensor. Both cameras have an aperture of f/2.0 and the setup comes with phase detection auto-focus and a dual-tone flash. The rear camera(s) can also record video in 4K resolution.
Nokia claims that the secondary monochrome sensor allows for the capture of depth information and helps improve low-light photography by capturing more data.
On the front, there is a 13MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.0, display flash and phase detection autofocus which has also been developed in association with ZEISS optics.
On the connectivity options the Nokia 8 supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO, GPS/AGPS, GLONASS, NFC, ANT+ and Bluetooth 5.0.
And Unlike many flagships of late, the Nokia 8 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack which should please audio enthusiasts.
Plus, Nokia 8 has a USB 3.1 Type-C port for charging and data transfer.
Price and availability
The Nokia 8 will go on sale globally in early-September for 599 Euros.
It will be launched in other regions in the upcoming months.
The Nokia 8 is the first smartphone in the world which allows ‘Dual-Sight’ video to be live streamed natively and in real-time to social feeds such as YouTube and Facebook. Dual-Sight allows you to use the front and rear camera at the same time in a split screen view. This feature can be utilised for both photos and videos. Now, not everyone will like or even use this phone but for those who may need it, this feature can be the biggest reason to buy the latest Nokia phone.
Plus, Nokia 8 users can backup unlimited full sized photos and videos to Google Photos.
Nokia is promising a 360-degree fully immersive audio experience with the Nokia 8. The smartphone’s three microphones and Nokia’s acoustic algorithms allow you to capture 360 degree spatial surround sound. You will also be able to share 4K videos with OZO audio with anyone – binaural codecs ensure high fidelity playback even on devices without OZO Audio.