Nokia 8 Announced: Dual Cameras, Snapdragon 835, Ozo Audio, Hefty Price Tag

The leaks were true

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The Nokia 8 has long been rumoured and leaked as the flagship smartphone from HMD Global under the Nokia brand. We have seen leaks of the phone for a while now, and well, it is official.

The phone is made from an aluminum shell and a 2.5D glass at the front, which is not as game changing as the Galaxy S8’s design. It sports a 5.3 inch 2560 x 1440p screen with 700 nits of brightness which is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which features an always-on display. It also boasts the latest high end Snapdragon 835 chipset, 64BG of internal storage (expandable via MicroSD) and 4GB of RAM.

The Nokia 8 has a Dual 13MP primary sensors (one colour and one monochrome) with Carl Zeiss optics (f 2.0 aperture), laser and phase detection autofocus and OIS on the colour sensor. The selfie camera is also the same exact 13MP sensor like the rear one with autofocus, which is quite a rare occurrence.

The gimmicky feature from the cameras is Dual-Sight where the Nokia 8 records video from both the selfie and primary cameras. We have seen this before being done by companies like Samsung but in this case you will be able to livestream directly to Twitter and Facebook directly from the camera app.

The phone also has Ozo Audio which uses three microphones to record 360 degree sound so that your weird dual sight videos would be immersive to your audience.

In terms of connectivity, it has Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type C connector, a front mounted fingerprint scanner and of course NFC. It comes with a 3090mAh battery which can be charged quickly using Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. It comes in polished blue/copper and tempered blue/steel colour variants.

In terms of software, it will ship with pure Android 7.1 Nougat which means faster Android updates in the future (Android O is around the corner).

The price is also quite steep but not uncommon for a flagship phone. It will ship in Europe early next month for $700, which puts it in direct competition with the likes of the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 Plus in terms of price.

What do you think about the Nokia 8? Would you buy it?

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