The brand “Nokia” needs no introduction; especially if you grew up with their reliable phones such as the 3310 in the 90s and early 2000s. Under the watchful eye of HMD Global, the brand made a return to the market with the arrival of the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 earlier this year in Malaysia. These new devices brought the much sought after metal body to price points which made it more accessible than ever. However, that was just the beginning. The next step in HMD Global’s plans for Nokia comes in the form of the Nokia 8.
A Specifications Beast
The Nokia 8 is the brand’s first flagship which features flagship class specifications. It comes with the high performance Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 1.8GHz with 4GB of RAM. Its built-in 64GB of RAM offers a fair amount of storage. That said, if you need more storage, it has support for microSD cards for up to 256GB of additional storage.
On the display front, the Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3-inch QuadHD IPS display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. The display features 2.5D glass with Gorilla Glass 5. HMD boasts a maximum brightness of 700 nits on the Nokia 8 display.The high resolution brings a high pixel density 554 pixels per inch.
The new partnership between HMD Global and Zeiss starts with the Nokia 8. The device has a 13-megapixel front facing camera with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF). It also features an aperture of f/2.0 with a pixel size of 1.12µm and 78.4° viewing angle. The main camera, however, is a dual camera setup with two 13-megapixel sensors; one of which is a RGB (colour) sensor with Optical image stabilisation (OIS) while the other is a monochrome (black and white) sensor. The Nokia 8 front camera setup also has an infrared (IR) range finder, dual tone flash, PDAF, 78.4° viewing angle and a f/2.0 aperture with 1.12µm pixel size.
Aside from this, the device comes with USB Type-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 and Near Field Communications (NFC). All of these features is powered by a 3090mAh battery with support for QuickCharge 3.0. It will be launching with pure Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will be one of the first devices to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Made with Content In Mind
HMD Global says the Nokia 8 is made for content creators. The Nokia 8 comes with a new feature HMD calls the “Bothie”. This feature allows users to shoot with both the front and back cameras. This feature is targeted at millennials and content creators. It’s available on Facebook, and Snapchat.
However, if content creation is not your thing, you’ll be able to enjoy the all the content created with better sound. This is done thanks to the inclusion of OZO Audio. This feature takes advantage of the three microphones to create immersive 360º spatial audio; this works in tandem with Nokia’s proprietary algorithm.
The Nokia 8 is already available in stores starting today (8 September 2017) for RM2299 (USD$547.96). It’s available in Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel.