Nokia just announced its first Android flagship smartphone, The Nokia 8 has been a long time coming. Nokia fans have waited years for their much-loved company to adopt Android. And finally in year 2016, it did. But when HMD Global, the company making Nokia phones, announced the mainstream devices. Now is the time for the Nokia 8, a high-end phone. And the smartphone does not disappoint. The Nokia 8 is carved out of a single block of aluminum and comes with ZEISS powered dual cameras, pure Android, top of the line specifications, OZO audio and much more.
Although happy at the return of beloved brand, Nokia fans were a bit disappointed back in February when HMD Global announced the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 at MWC 2017. Although capable smartphones, they were no match for the iPhones and Galaxy S8’s of the world. The Nokia 8 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year and rightly so – it is not only the first high-end Android smartphone from Nokia, but also the first flagship from the company’s stable since the dark Windows Phone days.
The Nokia 8 will retail for 599 Euros, which is the global price and not the India price, and it aims to compete with heavyweights in the market such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5 and iPhone 7. There are a lot of expectations riding on Nokia’s return to the high-end segment of the market.
The Nokia 8 is constructed entirely out of metal — aluminum 6000 alloy, says Nokia — and carries forward the design language seen on the Nokia 3, 5 and 6. Although the design has been refined in very subtle ways to make it utterly more attractive. The smartphone looks modern yet pleasantly reminiscent of Lumia smartphones of old. As noted earlier, the Nokia 8 is machined out of a single block of series 6000 aluminium and is just 4.6mm thin at the edge and 7.3mm thin on average. Nokia claims the smartphone is put through a 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing and that the high-gloss finish on a few color variants takes over 20 hours to complete.
The rear is dominated by the vertical dual camera setup below which sits the Nokia branding. On the front, there is a physical home button flanked by capacitive keys for back and recent applications. There is also a fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button. In a slightly disappointing move, the Nokia 8 does not come with an edge-to-edge display or a bezel-less design as seen in recent flagships such as the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8.
The Nokia 8 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest high end chipset – the Snapdragon 835. The 10nm processor is found in most flagships of 2017 such as the HTC U11, OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ Premium and is arguably one of the most powerful processors in the market currently. Additionally, the Nokia 8 comes with 4GB of RAM, the Adreno 540 GPU and 64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card (of up to 256 GB).
Nokia 8 comes with a premium all-metal design, top of the line specifications, a ZEISS-powered dual camera setup at the rear, 100 per cent stock Android and more
The Nokia 8 comes with a 3090 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. Nokia claims that the Nokia 8 comes with a very innovative heat management solution with a full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe that dissipates heat across the full length and breadth of the smartphone. Well, this is not exactly new. Phones like the Galaxy S8 too come with a cooling system that uses copper pipe. Still it is nice to see the feature in the Nokia 8 as it may help the phone run cooler, especially when you are playing games on it.
The Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top for protection against nicks and scratches. The display is particularly bright with 700Nits of maximum brightness and comes with Nokia’s trademark Glance Screen. The relatively smaller size — most phones have a 5.5-inch screen nowadays — and pixel density should help the Nokia 8 show clear and sharp images and text.
Just like the Nokia 6, 5 and 3, the Nokia 8 runs on a 100 per cent stock build of Android and comes with the promise of timely monthly security updates and yearly Android version updates. The Nokia 8 runs on the latest version of Android – 7.1.1 Nougat with no unnecessary bloat and changes.
Carl Zeiss optics:
Nokia has had a long and storied history when it comes to smartphone photography. Along with Carl Zeiss, the company has given us iconic camera phones such as the Nokia N95 – the first phone in the world to come with a 5MP rear camera and the Nokia 808 PureView – which came with a 41MP rear camera.
Nokia 8 carries forward the legendary Nokia – ZEISS partnership. At least on paper for now, because the camera hardware in the phone is something that is yet to be tested. The Nokia 8 comes with a ZEISS powered dual camera setup at the rear – a primary 13MP RGB (color) sensor with optical image stabilisation paired with a 13MP secondary monochrome (black and white) sensor. Both cameras have an aperture of f/2.0 and the setup comes with phase detection auto-focus and a dual-tone flash. The rear camera(s) can also record video in 4K resolution.
Price and availability:
The Nokia 8 will go on sale globally in early September for 599 Euros, which roughly translates to around Rs 45,500. While there is no official word on the Indian launch, the smartphone is set to arrive in the country sometime in the month of September itself. Even if there is some delay in the launch — and the new Nokia does seem to like the delays a lot — the phone will come in October. The Nokia 8 is expected to be priced at Rs 39,999 in India to compete with the likes of the OnePlus 5. Again, there is nothing official about this price but we do feel that this very close to what Nokia will set for the Indian market. The smartphone is going to be available in four colours variants, namely Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel.