March 21 2018

HMD unveils first premium smartphone, the Nokia 8

March 21 2018, 10:14 | Geraldine Moore

HMD Global introduced the Nokia 8 in Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel color variants, so you have plenty to choose from.

The Nokia 8′s global launch will take place beginning in September and it'll be priced starting at €599 (about $703 USD).

The phone packs a 3090mAh battery and supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0. Another big feature is the new "Bothie". But Nokia has kept the bigger bezels and capacitive buttons inspite of the industry-wide trend of thin bezels on flagship devices. Both the front and the rear camera sport Zeiss optics. And, to be fair, the Nokia 8's design does seem attractive overall.

Old and new fans alike of Nokia will want this new Nokia 8 because it's the most premium offering yet since the brand was given a new lease on life by HMD. The display will be compact at 5.3-inches with 2560 x 1440 pixels.

Again, the Nokia 8 is not headed to the United States as far as we know, but should rollout in Europe throughout September. There's a microSD card slot for additional expansion and it also features what the company is calling Nokia OZO spatial 360° audio.

Complementing the performance of the Snapdragon 835 is 4GB of RAM with 64GB of onboard storage.

The phone is now running under Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the capacity of 4GB of RAM.

There's even OZO audio capture, which uses three mics to record immersive sounding 360-degree audio. Unlike the Galaxy S8 or iPhone 7, the Nokia 8 is not waterproof though. The front and rear-facing cameras boasts of ZEISS optics and incorporates special feature called Dual Sight located within the camera app which harnesses both the front and rear cameras for real-time live streaming to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube. With monthly security updates and regular additional updates, Nokia phones might be the non-Pixel choice for Android purists. However, it comes with a dual camera setup on the rear featuring 13MP RGB sensor and 13MP Monochrome sensor. The front selfie camera also had the same 13MP and f/2.0. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, and USB Type-C 3.1 port.

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