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News of a high-end Nokia phone had been doing the rounds for quite some time and all the rumors finally came to fruition last night with HMD Global unveiling the new Nokia 8.
Similar to other Nokia Smartphones, the brand’s latest flagship model follows the traditional approach to their design. The metal body is curved at the edges with a 5.3-inch screen and standard bezels. The Nokia 8 is meticulously designed out of a single piece of 6000-series aluminum. A fingerprint scanner is situated below the screen along with capacitive buttons for navigation. The headphone jack is situated at the top of the phone while a USB-C port is at the bottom.
The 5.3 inch Nokia 8 display is an LCD screen of 2560 by 1440 resolution with more than 550 pixels per inch. The screen promises excellent outdoor visibility with up to 700 units of brightness. The screen has an always-on display which shows notifications for missed calls and messages when not in use. The always-on feature relies on very low power in order to maximize the battery life of the phone. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Under the hood
The Nokia 8 packs a Snapdragon 835 SoC processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of external storage. A separate high-end variant is also available which offers 128GB of storage. The device also has provisions for a microSD card slot. The Nokia 8 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with an update for Android O coming soon. There is a lack of too much manufacturer modifications in the software to all the company to release timely updates, thus keeping the phone up to date.
The device comes with an inbuilt copper pipe which helps in heat dissipation by pulling heat away from the processor chip and spreading it across the phone surface. This keeps the phone working harder, for longer.
The battery capacity of the Nokia 8 stands at 3090mAh and is capable of quick recharge thanks to Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0 technology.
The camera is the most exciting feature of the new Nokia flagship. The back of the phone has a dual-camera setup comprising of two 13MP cameras. The primary camera is an F2.0 shooter with optical image stabilization while the secondary camera boasts of a monochrome sensor. The front of the phone is equipped with a 13MP camera which has fast, phase-detection autofocus and display flash. All three cameras are built with Zeiss lenses for better picture clarity.
An additional camera feature which has got everyone talking is the Dual-Sight mode. This feature uses the camera app’s support for native live-streaming to social media platforms like Facebook or YouTube. This mode, called a ‘Bothie’, allows the user to stream videos from both cameras into a single feed. The sound captured for the video streams make use of Nokia’s OZO technology.
The Nokia 8 surely is a phone built to impress. The one point where the Nokia 8 disappoints is its water resistance. The phone has a mere IP54 protection making it resistant to splashes only. However, that may be just a slight inconvenience for most users.
Nokia 8 is available in 4 colors; glossy blue, matte blue, gray and copper. HMD Global is looking at a September launch for the phone globally. The device will retail at a price of $706.