Since HMD Global brought the Nokia brand back into the market, loyal Nokia fans are patiently waiting for a proper flagship device, the company’s first handset the Nokia 6 showed was HMD Global is capable of doing for the Nokia brand but that was lacking of what you’d expect for a flagship device of today.
After months of rumors, HMD Global finally unveiled the company’s first flagship device in the body of the new Nokia 8. From a typical Nokia standpoint, the new Nokia 8, features a traditional and simply familiar smartphone design. One won’t find a near bezel less fascia nor that all-display front that has become the trend of today’s latest flagship design.
What Nokia could offer with the new Nokia 8 besides the latest hardware is the features that comes along with it. Like the handsets that HMD Global released before it, is Nokia’s signature and highest in its class build quality. The Nokia 8 is built from a single pierce 6000-series aluminum. The unibody design of the Nokia 8 further secure itself as one of the most sturdy flagship device in the market.
The new Nokia flagship comes with a purely distinct 5.3-inch display with 700nits of brightness which promises outdoor visibility. Having over 550 ppi of pixel density, the handset’s display feature a whopping 2560 x 1440 resolutions and support Always-On display feature that allows the handset to show notifications while the display is virtually turned off but not quite as it still has to provide what was need for its Always-On display feature. According to HMD Global, the Nokia 8 users a specific part of the display that consumes less battery to conserve battery life.
The bezels below the display houses the home button with an embedded fingerprint sensor and two capacitive button on the sides. Keeping the front free from scratches and to protect its display from breaking, the whole front is protected by a sheet of Gorilla Glass 5.
Powering the device is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, there’s also a 128GB variant for users who requires more storage with both variants supporting microSD cards when the need for more storage space arise. Keeping things cool, HMD equipped the Nokia 8 with a copper-pipe to help dissipate heat from the chip to the device’s surface thus keeping its processor performance without compromise.
So far, that’s what a common flagship device do have in them. Now, when it comes to imaging, it was as if it’s a default for a Nokia device to take superb photos on its devices, and the Nokia 8 could live to that promise with its adoption of a dual camera setup together with its partnership with Zeiss.
The Nokia 8’s main sensor are equipped with two 13 Megapixel cameras with one being an RGB sensor with f/2.0 Aperture and OIS while the second sensor is in monochrome. On the front, the handset also sport a 13 Megapixel sensor which put itself on par with what the main camera does. These sensors are all under Zeiss optic lenses for superb image quality.
But despite the customer’s anticipation HMD Global doesn’t seem to stress what their dual sensors on the Nokia 8 would do, probably because we are already familiar with the tech behind it and what it could do to our photos. Instead, HMD Global introduce a new feature called “Bothie”, the feature sounds nothing like whatever we have currently in the market but what it does is enable both the main and front-facing cameras run together and seamless take an image from these sensors all at the same time and having them side-by-side on the display which users can then stream to their favorite video sharing sites as well as to supported social networking sites. For the ultimate video-sharing experience, the Nokia 8 is equipped with OZO sound technology for recording 360-degree audio.
The new Nokia 8 will run on a 3090 mAh embedded battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Like the rest of Nokia Android devices, the new Nokia 8 will also have an almost vanilla version of Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) out of the box with a promised upgrade to Android O as soon as it becomes available. With it’s nearly unmodified version of Android, HMD Global could keep up with monthly updates and keep its interface clean which in turn will have a device nearly as updated as what official Google devices enjoyed from the beginning.
Nokia will be shipping the handset the soonest which is expected to become available in the market by September. Users may choose these color options: Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper with a price tag of about 600 Euros or around US$706.
- Nokia 8 best features: What is a ‘both-ie’ and does it have Snake?(telegraph.co.uk)