As expected, Nokia’s new Android flagship, Nokia 8 is now available for pre-orders in Nepal. Interested users can pre-book their beloved Nokia handset through online e-commerce site Daraz. The prebooking, which started from the 20th of November will last until the 30th of November, while users will get their hands on the phone on the 7th of December. The phone can be currently booked for Rs. 59,999, but Daraz has assured a great deal on the smartphone soon; courtesy of Daraz’s Black Friday event. After the end of the pre-booking period, the phone will go on sale for an official price of Rs. 62,999.
Update: The phone is now available for purchase from Daraz Online Shopping
Though most of you are already aware of the specs, let’s outline it. The phone sports a 5.3-inch QHD display layered with Gorilla Glass 5, protecting the phone from minor drops and scratches. Despite boasting a similar design to Nokia 5, the Nokia 8 shouldn’t be taken for granted because of course, it’s a Nokia. And thanks to the series 6000 aluminum body, the phone is comparatively tougher than its counterpart. On top of that, the phone’s splash resistant with IP54 certification. The only downside of this phone tends to be its non-bezel less, which doesn’t seem like a deal-breaking factor for me.
Amid the fact that the phone bears a boring design, the camera is where the Nokia 8 shines the most, all thanks to the Carl Zeiss optics. There’s a dual-camera setup at the rear with both sensors bearing a similar 13MP lens, out of which the first one is used to capture color, while the latter is a monochrome sensor with 1.2µm pixels and f/2.0 aperture. The first lens also comprises OIS and laser auto-focus allowing you to capture steady shots quickly.
Upfront, selfies are taken care of by an equally impressive 13MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and PDAF. What’s interesting is that the phone comes with Nokia’s own “Bothie” mode which let users operate both front and back camera at once.
What gives the Nokia 8 an edge over its competitor in the audio department is OZO Audio. The phone is capable of recording 360-degree spatial audio. Likewise, there’s also a feature known as binaural audio which offers an immersive audio experience.
The processing task is handled by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and Adreno 540 GPU. Although we were expecting the phone to arrive with 6GB of RAM, currently the phone is available with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Nonetheless, the storage is expandable via a microSD card.
The Nokia 8 is a top-end flagship phone from HMD Global, and no doubt it will please most of the users of Nepal. However, we still have to see how it performs once we get our hands on the device. So what do you think about the smartphone? Let us know in the comment box below.
Nokia 8 Specs Highlight
- Display: 5.3 inches 2K (1440 x 2560), 554ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Android Version: 7.1.1 Nougat, Upgradable to 8.0 Oreo
- SIM: Hybrid Dual Nano-SIM
- Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
- CPU: Octa-core; 4×2.5 GHz Kryo & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo
- GPU: Adreno 540
- RAM: 4GB LPPDDR4X
- Storage: 64GB UFS2.1 Expandable up to 256GB (Using SIM 2 slot)
- Rear Camera: Dual 13MP, f/2.0, laser & phase detection autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, 4K @30fps
- Front Camera: 13MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, 4K @30fps
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3090mAh battery
- Price: Rs.62,999