After numerous leaks, HMD Global (the company that licenses Nokia Branding) has launched its latest flagship, Nokia 8 in an event in London. The €600 Nokia 8 is its most powerful smartphone yet. It is going for sale from early September. We can expect the phone to launch in Nepal during Tihar.
Nokia 8 Specifications:
The Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3-inch 2.5D Quad HD LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and 700 nits of brightness. It is powered by the flagship grade Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It’s currently running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and the company claims that the phone will be first in line to get the Android O update.
The highlight of the Nokia 8 is its ZEISS optics lens. There are two cameras on the back: A 13MP (Colour) primary camera and a 13MP (Mono) secondary camera. Like with the P10 Plus and iPhone 7 plus, the dual-sensors combines the images to enhances the photos in low light and allow for boost depth of field (bokeh) effects. There’s a 13MP wide angle ZEISS lens on the front.
Another distinguishing feature on the Nokia 8 is OZO Audio. With the use of phone’s 3 microphones and Nokia’s acoustic tech algorithms, spatial OZO 360-degree audio captures 360 degrees sound.
The back of the Nokia 8 is all metal with 6000 series aluminum. It is also splash resistant (IP54) and is available in 4 color options: matte silver, polished blue, matte blue, polished copper. The phone is backed by a 3090mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The fingerprint sensor is located on the front which doubles up as the home button as well. Connectivity option include dual nano SIM slot with 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ GLONASS, USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1, and NFC.
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Price & Initial Impressions
The high-end Smartphone market has become competitive not only from the likes of Samsung and iPhone but also newcomers like Huawei and One Plus stepping up their game.
The Nokia 8 is priced at €600 (NRP 72,500). The phone is scheduled to be available from October in Nepal. With recent price drop from Samsung on its Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 5 available for less, I am not very impressed with the Nokia 8’s pricing. I think Nokia will have a hard time justifying its high price tag. So, what are your thoughts? Do you think the price of Nokia 8 is right given the specs? Let us know in the comments below.