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After the official unveiling a couple of weeks ago, HMD Global has officially launched their first Nokia Android high-end smartphone at a special event, that was held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, UAE. The new Nokia 8 smartphone features the world’s first ZEISS branded dual-lens camera in the market and is competitively priced as compared to the likes of Samsung, LG, and Apple.
Per Ekman, Vice President Middle East & North Africa, HMD Global, said: “Visual-led social media platforms are growing rapidly in the region and it is no secret that many of these social media experiences are coming to life through mobile. With the Nokia 8, we are delighted to introduce technologies that go hand in hand with the MENA consumer’s insatiable appetite for content creation and sharing, to bring genuine value to this new digital era.”
Sanmeet Kochhar, General Manager, Middle East, at HMD Global, said: “It is exciting to witness how digital technology is changing lives throughout the Middle East region. We are seeing a new generation of creators who are forging their own paths in the world, on their own terms, and according to their unique outlooks. Our aim is to enable the sharing of their enriching experiences and, ultimately, to unite people and bring them closer. The Nokia 8 promises an innovative and unique experience to further inspire the MENA content creator.”
Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, added: “We know that fans are creating and sharing live content more than ever before, with millions of photos and videos shared every minute on social media. People are inspired by the content they consume and are looking for new ways to create their own. It’s these people who have inspired us to craft a flagship smartphone which perfectly balances premium design, an outstanding experience, and powerful performance.”
As for hardware specifics, the Nokia 8 holds a thickness of 7.9mm and the weight of the new smartphone is only 160g. The smartphone is IP54 certified, which means that the Nokia 8 can resist any accidental water splashes or dirt. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack on the top of the device. Nokia also bets big with the new OZO Audio technology for 3D Spatial surround sound. The IPS display on the Nokia 8 is 5.3-inches with QHD resolution. The screen is protected from scratches with the help of Gorilla Glass 5.
The Nokia 8 comes with the latest technologies of mobile hardware. Powering the device is the Snapdragon 835 processor and the RAM included is 4GB, with is sufficient enough for all your multitasking needs. The internal storage packs 64GB of space and if you can expand for more by inserting a MicroSD card. One of the best features is that the Nokia 8 runs of a pure and stock version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system. This means there is no sign of bloatware and Android will run at its best on the device.
Another great hardware aspect of the Nokia 8 is the inclusion of ZEISS cameras on the front and rear side shooters. The dual 13MP cameras on the rear comprise of a color image sensor and a monochrome image sensor. The ZEISS lens comes with an aperture of F2.0, that should be sufficient for capturing good low light images and good background blur. The 13MP front-facing camera also features an F2.0 aperture for great and bright selfie shots. The camera also features a new mode called “Bothie” that takes images from the front and rear camera at the same time and also supports live streaming with both the cameras.
The battery on the Nokia 8 is non-removable and holds a capacity of 3090 mAh. Fast charging is supported with the device through the USB Type-C cable that’s situated on the bottom of the device. Unfortunately, there is no support for wireless charging with this new model. That said, The Nokia 8 supports Dual-SIM functionality. The Nokia 8 comes in Tempered Blue, Polished Blue, Steel, and Polished Copper colors and we got the Tempered Blue unit for review. (Coming up soon).
The Nokia 8 is officially priced at only AED 1699 in Dubai, UAE, which is quite a steal as compared to other flagship smartphones in the market that are priced well above AED 2000. The smartphone will be available from the second week of September 2017.