The Nokia 8 lands in the UAE at an incredible price

The storied Finnish phone-maker finally releases a new flagship

It’s finally here. Nokia has entered the flagship segment with its 8. After a few encouragingly solid mid-range devices, the ex-mobile giant is up against the big boys with the Nokia 8.

Nokia 8: Specifications

The device had been rumoured for a while and was spotted in a number of leaks. Here are the specs.

  • Networks GSM/WCDMA/TDS-CDMA/LTE
  • Network speed LTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
  • Available in single SIM and dual SIM variants
  • OS Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform MSM8998 (4* 2.45GHz Qualcomm Kryo + 4* 1.8GHz Kryo)
  • RAM 4GB
  • Storage 64GB internal memory with external microSD card slot (support up to 256GB)
  • Form factor Splash-proof IP54 touch monoblock with capacitive system keys
  • Display 5.3” IPS LCD QHD 2,560 x 1,440, 700nts screen brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 2.5D Glass
  • Camera (Primary with ZEISS optics) 13MP (Colour + OIS) + 13MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, 76.9˚, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash
  • Camera (Front-facing with ZEISS optics) 13MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4˚, display flash
  • Connectivity and sensors USB type-C, USB3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps), 3.5mm headphone jack, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, e-compass, gyroscope, fingerprint sensor, hall sensor, barometer, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO), BT 5.0, GPS/AGPS+GLONASS+BDS, NFC, ANT+
  • Battery Integrated 3,090mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility (18W, 5V/2.5A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
  • Audio MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG, WAV, AMR, AWB(AMR-WB), FLAC, MIDI (MID, MIDI, XMF,  MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA)
  • Video MP4, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, MKV, WEBM
  • Dimensions 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm (camera bump 0.4mm)
  • Weight 160g

Nokia 8: Camera

Apart from keeping two 13MP cameras on the back that are engineered with ZEISS optics, Nokia has a few more tricks up its sleeve to keep up with the competition.

No more selfies – it’s all about Bothies now

The Nokia 8’s Dual-Sight video feature enables users to live stream video through the front and rear cameras natively as well as in real time to social media feeds such as Facebook and YouTube.

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Bothies could be a great way to capture special moments at sports events

Unlimited storage 

Nokia 8 users will enjoy unlimited storage for their photos and videos on their devices using Google Photos.

Nokia 8: What is OZO Audio?

The flagship Nokia device also comes with OZO Audio, in which the brand claims to have placed “exclusive Hollywood technology” in the palm of your hand.

OZO Audio combines the device’s three microphones with Nokia’s own acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360-degree spatial surround sound.

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The device will be available in polished blue, polished copper, tempered blue and steel colours from September

It is still not clear whether the feature is only for 4K recording or if it will be supported by HD video too but Nokia did state that binaural codecs enable high-fidelity playback even on devices without OZO Audio. This means that if you share your videos with OZO Audio to other devices, they’ll still enjoy the same audio quality.

Nokia 8: Processing Prowess

One thing that makes us real happy about the Nokia 8 is that the Finnish brand didn’t compromise on processing power. The Nokia 8 comes with the tried-and-tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

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Big bezels, but this Nokia does come with a headphone jack. The Finnish brand claims to have developed a super-effective heat dissipation system

Nokia claims the 8 will not face any heating issues thanks to a graphite-shielded copper cooling pipe that dissipates the heat generated by the system across the length and breadth of the handset.

Thanks to the Snapdragon 835, the Nokia 8 also comes with Quick Charge 3.0. Considering the device’s battery is only 3,090mAh, looks like you might need it.

Nokia 8: Android Purity

Let’s be honest, we all hate bloatware. The Nokia ‘experience’ comes with none. Adding the fact that the Snapdragon 835 us on board, Android 7.1.1 in an almost vanilla form will be a breeze to use. This will also make it easier for Nokia to regularly send updates and security-patches to their devices.

Nokia 8: Price and Availability 

Nokia 8 will be available in four colours: polished blue, polished copper, tempered blue and steel and will be available at an incredible price of Dh1699, making it the cheapest power packed flagship of the year.

Do let us know what you think of the device. Based on its price and features, is this a good package to get you to shift to Nokia?