The day we all Nokia lovers have been waiting for has finally arrived- Nokia 8 has finally been launched which is its first true Android flagship smartphone to take on the rivals like iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8 and a few upcoming devices too! The handset was launched today at the Tower Bridge in London. Sadly, the Nokia 9, which was expected to be launched alongside, has not been announced yet. The Nokia 9 is expected to be more exciting between the two with an 18:9 screen.
The phone marks the first ever collaboration between Nokia and Zeiss, the optical master, in Nokia’s new life. Also, this is going to be the company’s first two-lens phone! It has also stressed the importance of audio and has developed a system called OZO which records audio binaurally to provide a high-quality audio automatically with no special playback required. The company’s main focus for the device is to cater the ever growing demand for high-quality audio and video features.
The Nokia 8 is carved entirely out of metal- aluminum 6000 allow. It carries forward the design pattern seen in the previous devices by the company. However, the design of the Nokia 8 has been subtly refined to make it utterly more attractive. The smartphone gives a modern and premium feel and still has a nostalgic impression of the old Lumia smartphones. The phone is just 4.6mm thin at the edge and 7.33mm on average. The fingerprint sensor is embedded in the home button itself at the front. The body has a high gloss finish which looks beautiful! Yet, the design dissapoints me a little due to the lack of edge to edge display or bezel less design seen in recent flagships and even budget smartphones like Maze Alpha too
The highlight of the phone is its camera. Nokia 8 comes with Zeiss powered dual rear camera setup with 2*13MP camera sensors. The front selfie shooter also is of 13MP. Both of them supports the “Bothie” functionality. This new functionality is not as weird as it sounds and can bring a revolution in the way you Livestream the things.
The device comes with a 5.3 Inch Quad HD IPS display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top for additional protection. The screen is fairly bright with a maximum 700Nits of brightness. and comes with Nokia’s trademark Glance Screen. The relatively smaller size that most of the flagships will help the smartphone produce clear and sharp images and text.
The Nokia 8 houses a 3090mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology. The company claims that the phone has a very innovative heat management solution with a full-length graphite shielded copper cooling that which helps dissipate the heat across the full length and breadth of the smartphone evenly. Although this technology is not exactly new, it is still nice to have a feature like this and will help especially while you play games on it!
The phone will run on 100% stock build of Android with no bloating or unnecessary changes and comes with the promise of regular security updates and yearly Android version updates. The latest version of Android- 7.1.1 Nougat powers the Nokia 8. Furthermore, the company has promised that Nokia 8 will be updated to Android O as soon as it is released. The company will be amongst the first non-Google manufacturers to push Android O to their smartphones. The updates will be quite fast because the company is bilaterally working with Google. Hopefully, this Nokia-Google partnership will be fruitful for the users.
The phone will go on sale globally in early September and will be priced at 599 Euros. I expect the phone to be priced under Rs. 42,999 in India to compete with flagships like the OnePlus 5. The smartphone will be available in four color variants- Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue, and Steel. It might hit up the Indian market in the September itself. However, no official wording by the company is there regarding the Indian launch.