Nokia Corp., a company that was the top company in the world once, is back with a bang in the markets with its Android range of phones. Earlier the company had launched Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. All of these are Android phones and marked the re-entry of the now fallen titan into the arena. After a lot of speculations, rumours and leaks, the Nokia 8 was finally launched on August 16. The device falls into the premium phones’ category and is a direct competition to major players such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5.
Nokia 8 Design & Display
The phone has been designed with a lot of thought. The rear panel of the device is metal brushed design and has a dual-camera module, aligned vertically, followed by a dual-tone LED flash below it. Rest is empty, with the Nokia logo towards the bottom of the device. The front panel has the display and a camera module sitting beside the speaker panel. Also on the front panel, there’s the fingerprint sensor and capacitive touch buttons for navigation. The phone has been given a special cooling system, which uses a tiny copper pipe running diagonally to make a cooling liquid flow and dissipate the heat generated into the air.
Overall, the design is truly premium as they said it would be. The phone has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protected 5.3-inch 2K display with 10-point multi-touch support. The phone, having been given a premium processor, was of course expected to be that feature rich.
Nokia 8 Performance & Configuration
The Nokia 8 is powered by a SnapDragon 835 Octa-Core SoC chipset, which runs 4 x 2.45GHz Kyro + 4 x 1.8GHz Kyro processors. The Nokia 8 has 4GB RAM, and internal storage is 64GB. The phone will be made available in two variants – one with single SIM and other with hybrid Dual-SIM, where the memory will be expandable by up to 256GB. The phone has been given the Adreno 540 GPU for graphics processing.
On the software part, the phone will run on stock Android v7.1.1 Nougat. Whether or not, it will be receiving any OTA updates, Nokia didn’t tell. But since it is a premium device, the update should roll out soon anyway. However, it was strongly hinted when one of the people from Nokia said, “One of the fastest ways of getting O will be to get our new flagship.”
Nokia 8 Camera & Multimedia Capabilities
The Nokia 8 camera is something to behold in awe. The camera system is a dual-lens 13MP+13MP Camera with Carl-Zeiss lens. Dubbed as a ‘bothie,’ the cameras will be capable of capturing two distinct images and then merging them as one, working as a typical stereo camera, in a digital form. Also, the cameras will be able to record/capture with the front as well as the rear camera simultaneously, a first time in the history of smartphones. Nokia said in the event that snapdragon was very much delighted to have been able to work on it. The feature has been named as dual-sight streaming and will allow capturing, recording and streaming videos online, using the front as well as the rear dual-cameras simultaneously.
HMD Global also has brought in another cutting-edge technology that they say will revolutionize the audio recording and playback experience. The company has installed the OZO Audio Technology on the phone, earlier rumoured to be present in Nokia 9, that will allow the phone to record in a 360° field and will playback in the same fashion.
Nokia 8 Miscellaneous Features
Nokia 8 features also include a fast fingerprint sensor, support for all cellular network bands currently operational, a 3090 mAh Li-ion non-user removable battery, Wifi support to IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz-5 GHz) etc. The phone will support Quick Charge 4.0 by Qualcomm. The phone has a 3.5mm jack for audio playback (looks like Apple is the only one ditching them for now).
The phone will soon be out for sale. A flagship phone from Nokia clearly marks their intentions to re-capture the markets. The phone will surely be a great device to purchase and use. Given the past of Nokia phones, the brand value and the trust factor will make this phone a great device to use. Let’s see if Samsung, Xiaomi and Apple find any sleepless nights.