Nokia used to be one of the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturers but it fell behind with the advent of iPhone and Android smartphones. In 2014, Nokia’s Devices and Services division was sold to Microsoft. In 2016, Finnish company HMD Global bought a part of Microsoft’s feature phone business and has a licensing agreement that allows it to make smartphones under the Nokia brand.
Nokia will soon release the phone that fans have been waiting for the Nokia 8 its flagship offering in its return to the world of smartphones.Nokia previously announced three Android handsets at Mobile World Congress 2017 alongside the new Nokia 3310. A retro play that appears to be more of a marketing stunt than anything else.Now things are getting serious. Here’s are the things to know about the Nokia 8.
Nokia 8 design
Its size is 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm with a Aluminium body including a Front fingerprint scanner also with a USB Type-C,3.5mm headphone jack.All the Nokia Android phones start life as a block of 6000 series aluminum, and the Nokia 8 flagship is exactly the same. As with Nokia’s previous Android phones, the story is very much about the care and attention that goes into creating the handset, including the anodization and polishing needed to create the Polished Copper glossy finish.
There’s no mention of waterproofing, however.There’s a front fingerprint scanner sitting between the back and recent apps touch controls, meaning that the full space of the 16:9 display is available for you to use. It might not be shifting form factor like Samsung and LG, but it’s a high-quality phone.There’s USB Type-C on the base and a 3.5mm headphone socket on the top.Nokia through the years: 30 best and worst phones, in pictures.
Nokia 8 hardware specs
-5.3-inch, IPS LCD, 2560 x 1440 pixel, 554ppi
-Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
-4GB RAM, 64GB storage
– 3090mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0
The Nokia 8 offers a 5.3-inch display on the front, using an IPS LCD panel. This is rated at 700 nits, so it has a lot of brightness.Nokia has also made the step to Quad HD, meaning a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, resulting in 554ppi – right up there with the sharpest of flagship phones.Driving the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, as well as microSD expansion for those who want more space. That’s a flagship loadout, so should give the handset the power to handle everything with ease.
There’s a 3090mAh battery from which it’s claimed you’ll get over a day of use, with support for Quick Charge 3.0, so if you do go flat, you should be back in the game in no time at all.Nokia has also used a liquid cooling system for the Nokia 8, with a large copper heat pipe running through the internals and a graphite heat shield to enable the SD835 to run to the best of its abilities.
The camera phone Nokia 8 had no other choice perhaps than have its own take on the dual-camera outfit with two 13MP sensors, an optically-stabilized colour one and a monochrome one. Another 13MP unit at the front is more than just a selfie cam – it does split-screen live streaming and has phase-detection autofocus. High-end ZEISS lenses in front of all three sensors mark the return of an iconic partnership.Nokia’s OZO camera division is involved in the 8 too. It co-developed the 360° spatial surround audio recording, which will capture sound with a quality to match the sharpness of the 4K video. Another rare feature, binaural audio, is supposed to offer an even more immersive split-screen viewing experience.
Nokia 8 key features:
- Body: 6000-series aluminum, IP54 splash resistance
- Display: 5.3″ IPS LCD, QHD resolution (554ppi), 700 nits brightness; Gorilla Glass 5; Glance screen
- OS: Android 7.1 Nougat (basically stock)
- Chipset: Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD card slot
- Main camera: two 13MP sensors (color + monochrome), 1.12µm pixels, Zeiss lens with f/2.0 aperture; OIS on the color sensor, Laser and phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
- Video: 4K video capture, 360° spatial surround sound with 3 microphones; YouTube and Facebook live-streaming (with picture-in-picture)
- Selfie camera: 13MP sensor, 1.12µm pixels, Zeiss lens with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus
- Connectivity: single and dual SIM versions; Cat. 9 LTE (450/50Mbps), Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, ANT+, USB-C 3.1 (5Gbps)
- Battery: 3,090mAh, Quick Charge 3.0 (18W)
- Misc: Fingerprint reader, unlimited Google Photos storage. The Nokia 8 launches on Android 7 Nougat and is unfettered, with no bloatware and no changes from Nokia.The only addition is a support app for owners of the phone and Nokia has used its own camera app to support the advanced functions that it offers.There’s also the ambition to bring Android O to the Nokia 8 as soon as possible.The Nokia 8 will also be able to capture 360 audio with an Ozo Audio feature.The price is estimated at £499/€599.The Nokia 8 was announced on 16 August at a launch event in London. The Nokia will be available globally in September and, specifically, in the UK from Wednesday 13 September.