After teasing their new flagship smartphone for a couple of months, Nokia (HMD Global) has finally revealed the Nokia 8 – the smartphone that many hope will restore the reputation of Nokia as one of the great mobilephone makers of all time.
And as far as we can see, the Nokia 8 doesn’t disappoint in either looks or specifications. This sleek new Android smartphone uses a milled and tapered aluminium unibody design that enables the device to be just 4.6mm thin at the edge with an average thickness of 7.3mm, yet it packs a QHD 5.3-inch touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 5, powerful Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (up to 256GB microSD card support). And while we expected the slim body to indicate Nokia has skimped on the battery size, the actual 3,090mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 is actually very decent.
Ever since HMD Global bought out the Nokia name, they’ve taken pains to ensure that their Nokia devices maintain the innovative features that the traditional Nokia (before Microsoft bought the brand) mobiles were known for, and the Nokia 8 comes packed with three Nokia ‘world’s-firsts’. It is the first new generation Nokia device to feature ZEISS optical camera lenses – restoring a collaboration that saw iconic digital-photography smartphones like the Nokia N90 and Nokia 808 PureView.
The Nokia 8 will also be the first Nokia smartphone to use Dual-Sight video that enables users to livestream from both the front and back cameras simultaneously in real time to Facebook adn YouTube, creating a split screen visual for both photos and videos.
Finally, with the Nokia 8 the brand is returning to its audio prowess with the inclusion of Nokia OZO Audio, which brings spatial 360-degree sound capture for an immersive audio experience to match your 4K videos.
The Nokia 8 will be priced at about €599 in Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel, and though no actual date of availability has been announced, we expect the device to roll out in Nokia’s critical markets, like China, sometime in September.