1Nokia 8 With Snapdragon 835 CPU Goes for High-End Smartphone Market
HMD Global is doing its best to restore the Nokia brand to mobile market prominence and its latest flagship model, the Nokia 8, shows a lot of promise. HMD, a Finnish company like Nokia Corp. itself, has a 10-year license to produce, market and distribute Nokia-branded handsets. HMD introduced the Nokia 9 Aug. 16 featuring a big screen, powerful components and a design that rivals some of the industry’s top competitors. HMD describes the smartphone as a “Bothie,” with front and rear cameras capable of working together to take photos and videos with unique view. Read on to learn more about the Nokia 8 smartphone.
2It Has a Traditional Smartphone Design
Although many other high-end smartphones are designed without a thick bezel around the display, leaving no room for the physical home button, the Nokia 8 bucks that trend with a big bezel above and below the screen and a physical home button. Its case is aluminum and is manufactured using a “40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing.”
3The Nokia 8 Cameras Support Dual-Sight Mode
One of the Nokia 8’s biggest features is a dual-camera feature called Dual-Sight mode, or “Bothie” in HMD Global parlance. The feature allows users to use both the rear-facing and front-facing cameras simultaneously to take unique pictures and stream multiple views at once. The Nokia 8’s dual rear-facing cameras have 13-megapixel shooters.
4It Has a High-End Qualcomm Processor
5It Runs Pure Android Nougat 7.1.1
6It’s Splashproof, not Waterproof
7Nokia OZO Enhances Audio
8It Has Plenty of Storage Capacity
9HMD Promises Security Updates to Android Nougat
The Nokia 8 ships with Android 7.1.1, the latest version of Android Nougat, and HMD Global has promised regular security updates to keep the device secure. In addition, the device comes with a fingerprint sensor to verify a person’s identity and access to apps. Those features should go a long way in protecting the smartphone’s sensitive data.
10Carrier Support Is an Open Question
11U.S. Availability or Pricing Is Unknown as Well
HMD Global confirmed the Nokia 8 will ship to European markets in early September and will cost 599 Euros (about $702). The company said it will come to the U.S. after the European launch, but HMD hasn’t disclosed an exact U.S. release date or price.