The highly awaited Nokia 8 has finally been launched by HMD Global in an event held in London. The phone stayed in limelight for the past couple of weeks as its younger siblings were launched, the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, and the Nokia 8 was anticipated to be the flagship among the lot. The device also saw multiple leaks relating to design and specifications and finally, the company has unveiled the smartphone in all its glory. Let’s have a closer look at what the Nokia 8 has to offer.
On the camera front, Nokia has left no stone unturned both in terms of hardware and software with the device sporting a dual camera setup at the rear and a similar camera at the front. The rear cameras comprise of a two 13MP sensors, the first being an RGB and the latter being a monochrome sensor, both having an aperture of f/2.0. The front camera is also a 13MP snapper sporting a similar RGB sensor as one found on the rear. Nokia has also integrated a new camera trick that combines images from both camera setups present on the phone – rear and front woven together to form an image that Nokia calls as the ‘Bothie’ image. Both sensors are capable of capturing videos in 4K resolution.
Nokia has claimed that the ‘Bothie’ feature that seems to be really heavy on the processor really doesn’t work the processor that much. The company has stated that they have been able to achieve this by working in collaboration with Qualcomm. Also speaking about collaborations, the company has worked with Ozo to feature Ozo Audio on the Nokia 8, thereby making the phone to capture surround sound. HMD Global has also ensures that the virtual sound recorded on the device will be preserved quality-wise when uploaded on social networking sites.
To run all of these features, the Nokia 8 sports pretty hefty specifications under the hood. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship processor – Snapdragon 835. In terms of storage, the offering from Nokia features 4GB of RAM coupled with 64GB of storage. The phone will come in a Dual-SIM with a hybrid slot or a single SIM variant with a microSD card slot depending upon region.
To keep the device running, the Nokia 8 rocks a 3090mAh battery unit which when coupled with the power efficient Snapdragon 835 processor should easily get you through a day’s use. The device fares really well on the look and feel department as well, featuring a 5.3-inch 2K screen encapsulated in a metal unibody built out of 6000-series Aluminium. The device also comes with additional protection for its display thanks to Corning Gorilla glass 5.
The body of the device is made from similar grade material as the iPhone 7, however, unlike its Apple counterpart that sported more bold colour options, the Nokia 8 will come in Polished Copper and Polished Blue. Together with the glossy feel blue and copper, the device will also come in a matte feel Tempered Blue and Steel variant. Unlike most of its flagship counterparts, Nokia has been unable to equip its flagship device with a bezel-less display unit and it still keeps some of its edges intact.
Will this phone make a hole in your pocket? Well the device being a flagship device, sits well in the sub 50k range and will cost around Rs. 45000. This is still a tentative price as it was launched at €599 and only time will tell whether this phone will be able to compete with the flagship killer of the year – The OnePlus5 that is priced at Rs. 38,000 for the 8GB variant.
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