Those were the best days of my life! Nope, I wasn’t singing Summer of ’69, but what I was actually doing was reliving the time when Nokia was at its peak. Back when phones weren’t a necessity as it is today, Nokia had the business running like a Volcano, erupting with classy phones that we weren’t even ready to use, but did it with class. But then when smartphones started coming in, Nokia started losing its magical touch, and in no time got chucked out of the league. But this is 2017, and Nokia got up on its feet and is now looking to make a comeback. To make things right, and give us what we deserve. Presenting, the Nokia 8, which was announced on the 15th August 2017. While this is the fourth one in the lineup, the company had launched Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 back in July. And now after a month, the Nokia 8 is coming to us sooner than what he had hoped for.
While the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 are all mid-range smartphones, the Nokia 8 is a flagship model by Nokia that is placed to compete with the bigger boys such as Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple iPhone 8, HTC U11, Huawei P10, etc. But does it have what it takes to be in the same league as the ones mentioned before, considering the fact that all those smartphones have beaten the odds to be placed in the highest league of smartphones? Let’s find out.
But before any of that, let’s take a look at the official Nokia 8 demo as released by Nokia.
What does it take to be in the same league as the other flagship smartphones that were launched earlier this year? Is it a beefy processor, stunning display, bigger battery life, amazing camera, etc.? Well, if these are the factors that make a smartphone amazing, then Nokia 8 is here to give some serious competition. As per the official records, the Nokia 8 has features such as a 5.3-inch IPS QHD screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Soc, 4GB LPPDDR4X RAM, and 64GB UFS2.1 storage. Pretty impressive isn’t it?
Now, let’s talk about some of the features that make this unique. Something that makes the Nokia 8 stand out in a league of its own when you talk about ‘specialities’, shall we?
Everyone knows what a Selfie is, but a Bothie? That’s what Nokia calls its new camera feature, where both front and back cameras are used simultaneously with the help of its Dual Sight mode. So, next time you video chat with someone, you won’t have to struggle to keep shifting the cameras to see either side, as you can now do both on a single screen, all thanks to Bothie. This feature according to Nokia allows “live video streaming to Facebook Live and YouTube Live with a single touch”. This allows users to share “both sides of the story”. But what takes this up a notch is the OZO technology that lets you do a 360-degree audio recording and 4k video. Super cool isn’t it?
Nokia has since its day of promise, kept the deal open with Zeiss optics, and that is exactly what you can see in the camera. The camera sensors are 13MP dual-image fusion rear camera where both are color and monochrome sensors. The other camera is a wide-angle 13MP camera with phase detection autofocus front camera that uses Zeiss optics too. The camera on the back has f/2.0 aperture with dual-tone flash and OIS. The front camera, on the other hand, comes with f/2.0 lens and also has flash.
Some of the other features that make the Nokia 8 a unique phone is the polished mirror finish body, which is also said to be splash proof. The smartphone comes with a 2k polarized display and comes with Gorilla Glass 5. In terms of software, the Nokia 8 comes with Android Nougat 7.1.1, with regular updates for the same as promised by the company. Here is an in-depth look at the specs of the Nokia 8.
When will it be available?
According to Nokia, the Nokia 8 will be available for grabs as early as next month, with a price tag of €599 (£545) for the SIM-free model.