Nokia’s real flagship for the modern times is finally here. And if I may say, the long wait was worth it. The new Nokia 8 looks promising — from the design, to what’s housed inside it.
The Nokia 8, just like most devices in its class, is made with an aluminum unibody. The back panel has been polished to give it a mirror finish. The aesthetics of Nokia’s latest flagship is unlike anybody else. It has the same design language with the other current Nokia smartphones that are also from HMD Global.
The handset is also said to have an IP54 splashproof rating. It might not have water submersion like the IP67-rated smartphones, but we’ll still take whatever extra layer of protection we can get.
Moreover, it looks like Nokia beat Apple to the punch by launching a Polished Copper color variant. In our previous report, it’s been leaked that the iPhone 8 will be available in “Blush Gold”, which is just a fancy term for Copper.
But other than its looks, Nokia 8’s other highlight feature is its dual-camera setup at the back. This one is the first love child of Nokia and Zeiss’ reunion. There are two 13-megapixel sensors at the rear, with the one shooting in color and has optical stabilization, while the latter shoots in monochrome. Both cameras are equipped with Zeiss optics.
The Nokia 8 also has an equally rigged 13-megapixel selfie camera. This helps them implement a new feature called Dual-sight mode. As per Nokia, take #Bothies (No, not ‘Booty’). This new feature utilizes the cameras in front and back, and have it simultaneously shooting in split-screen mode. Dual-sight mode also works in third-party apps like Facebook and YouTube Live.
The other high-end feature that the smartphone has is its sharp 5.3-inch IPS QHD display.
It also runs on the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, which laments its flagship status. This chipset is seen on other top dogs in the Android space like the Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. In fact, even the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be powered by this CPU.
And to juice it up, we have a 3,090mAh battery. Because of its powerful processor and ultra high-resolution display, it may require recharging every night. There’s no need to worry about it though as it supports fast charging.
Nokia 8 Specs
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- Dual nano SIM, Hybrid
- 5.3-inch IPS QHD display, 2560 x 1440 resolution, ~554ppi
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
- 4GB LPPDR4X RAM
- 64GB UFS2.1 internal storage, expandable up to 256GB
- Adreno 540 GPU
- 13MP front camera, PDAF, f/2.0
- 13MP (Color + OIS) + 13MP (Monochrome) rear cameras, PDAF, IR range finder, dual-tone flash, f/2.0
- 4G LTE Cat. 9
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO
- Bluetooth 5.0
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- Nokia OZO spatial audio, 3x built-in microphone
- USB Type-C
- Fingerprint scanner
- IP54 Splashproof
- Dimensions: 151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm
- Weight: 160g
- Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper
- 3090mAh non-removable battery
The Nokia 8 will be available in Europe starting next month for EUR599 (~Php36,000). Pricing and availability in the Philippines are yet to be announced. But since its little siblings are already here, we can expect this handset to land in our shores very soon.