It’s official, Nokia has taken the wrap off their new flagship smartphone Nokia 8. HMD Global, the company behind new Android powered Nokia smartphone had previously launched Nokia 3, 5 and 6 targeted to budget-conscious users but the Nokia 8 is particularly aimed at flagship market.
Let’s talk about the specs now — the phone comes with a 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with a QHD resolution and 700nits of ridiculous brightness. Complemented with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5, the phone is protected from minor drops and scratches. On top of that, it’s built on the 6000 series aluminum rails making it a more of a sturdy Nokia phone from the past. The device is also IP54 certified, meaning it’s splash proof, though not fully water resistant.
The Carl Zeiss optical lens of the phone shouldn’t be tormented either. The dual-camera setup of the phone comes with two 13MP sensors out of which one is a color and the other one is a monochrome sensor with 1.2µm pixels and f/2.0 aperture. The former one comes with OIS, while there’s also laser autofocus and a dual-LED flash for bright pictures. Selfies are taken care by a 13MP sensor at the front with f/2.0 aperture and a phase detection autofocus. There’s also a new feature known as Dual-Sight( or basically bothies mode) which allows users to operate both front and rear camera at once while live streaming to YouTube or Facebook.
That’s not the only thing this phone has to offer. The phone is also capable of recording 360-degree spatial audio, whilst a unique feature known as binaural audio will offer immersive audio experience. All thanks to OZO, a Nokia owned camera division.
All of this processing task will be handled by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. As for the memory, the phone comes in two variants — 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, whereas the later one carries 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There’s, of course, a microSD slot on these variants. Fortunately, you can also cloud store unlimited photos and videos on Google Photos, courtesy of a partnership between HMD Global and Google.
The whole phone will come with pure Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box while powering the phone will be a decent 3090mAh battery. The 64GB variant of the phone will go on sale for $570, which is quite remarkable, considering that it’s a flagship from the company. As for Nepal, the phone is expected to arrive within next month or two carrying an expected price tag of around Rs. 60,000.