Can it beat the Samsungs and Apples of the world?

Nokia 8 launched with dual Zeiss bothie camera and Snapdragon 835 processor
Atom Tech Shorts Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 16:03

There was a time when Nokia ruled the mobile phone world and then slid and fell into oblivion the steadfast Nokia fans would have been praying that their popular brand will make a comeback. The brand could not make an impact with the Windows OS and had to turn to Android and it has done now.

The Nokia 8 smartphone has just been launched and the shipments may begin very soon. What is it that gives this phone the credentials to take on the biggies such as the iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy devices? Read on.

The all-metal aluminum body gives the Nokia 8 the premium look it needs. The company claims it has spared no efforts at giving the phone’s outer surface the glossy finish, particularly in some of the color variants. The metal has been processed using many techniques to arrive at the final finish.

To round off the design and external appearance aspects, the rear panel of the Nokia 8 houses the dual camera setup with the sensors placed in the vertical position and in the front, you have the physical home button with the fingerprint sensor integrated beneath it.

Nokia has not opted for the bezel-less or edge-to-edge display. For the record, it’s a 5.3-inch display and screen resolution is 2560x1440p and the description of the display is Quad HD IPS LCD. The screen receives protection from a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5.

The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC is the CPU on the Nokia 8, which places this smartphone among the elite club of phones released this year with this chipset. The graphics department gets taken care by an Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage help with making the phone challenge the very best in the business. A microSD card can expand this to 256GB.

Nokia has turned to the Android Nougat version 7.1.1 out of the box, pure and simple. An update to the next version Android O is also assured by the company. There is even a mention of a partnership between Nokia and Google under which the Nokia 8 might be one of the first devices to get the Android O OS.

Another partnership that is being exploited is the one between Nokia and Zeiss, which has existed for a long time. The camera setup in the Nokia 8 will benefit from this association. The dual 13MP camera arrangement in the rear (one RGB sensor and one black & white) will have autofocus, dual tone flash and optical image stabilization and so on.

Video recording in 4K is also enabled adding to the premium credentials of this flagship from HMD Global in the Nokia brand. The third sensor, fitted in the front of the phone is also the same 13MP and developed within the same Zeiss partnership.

So, if you are keen on the camera specifications of a smartphone, you can expect a wholesome experience with the Nokia 8.

A unique feature with this phone is ‘Bothie’, with which the user can live-stream videos and images from the phone simultaneously form both the rear and front cameras to social media sites like Facebook or YouTube.

The Google partnership comes in handy to backup unlimited number of images from the device to Google Photos.

The phone has all the connectivity options you would want and Nokia has stuck to the good old 3.5 mm jack for audio output. And the Nokia 8 also boasts of a 360 degree surround sound quality audio output that must make the phone the favorite with the music lovers.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S8 that comes with the IP 68 certification for water and dust resistance, the Nokia 8 only has a splash resistance feature for which it comes with a IP54 certification.

Lastly, the Nokia 8 is being released in four color variants; polished blue, polished copper, tempered blue and steel.

And as for pricing, there is no official confirmation yet. However, the international price is expected to be around 599 Euros (Roughly 45, 500 Rupees)

In the same breath, the experts predict that the price in India would be less at around the 40K mark. It is expected that the Nokia 8 will go on sale in India also around September this year.

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