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Nokia 8: 8 key features of Nokia's new Android flagship smartphone (See Review Video)

Nokia 8: 8 key features of Nokia's new Android flagship smartphone (See Review Video)

The Nokia 8 has arrived. Ardent Nokia fans have been waiting for this day for a long time. With the Nokia 8, Nokia fans can finally look forward to a combination of the company's premium hardware with top of the line specifications and 100 percent stock Android.

Nokia's comeback into the smartphone game has been the stuff of legends. Nokia is a brand that is still loved and respected by millions across the globe. While Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 were great smartphones, they did not show us what the new Nokia was truly capable of. The Nokia 8 though is a flagship in every sense of the word.
The Nokia 8 comes with a striking all-metal design, dual cameras at the rear with Carl Zeiss optics, OZO 360 degree audio, high-end internals, a high-resolution display and more. The smartphone, which will retail for 599 Euros, aims to challenge the big boys of the smartphone world like the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8.

  1. Nokia smartphones of old were always known for their design and build quality. With the Nokia 8, HMD Global has managed to create a smartphone that looks contemporary whilst at the same time pleasantly reminiscent of past Nokia smartphones. The precision and attention to detail are impressive. The Nokia 8 is crafted out of a single block of series 6000 aluminium and is just 7.3mm thin. Nokia claims that the device is put through a 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing. Few variants also come with a high-gloss finish which takes over 20 hours to perfect.
  2. When it comes to specifications, the Nokia 8 does not disappoint. The internals are exactly what you would expect of a 2017 flagship. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's latest and greatest processor, the Snapdragon 835 paired with 4GB of RAM, the Adreno 540 GPU and a 3,090mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support. It comes with 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card (of up to 256GB). Many flagship smartphones do not offer expandable storage, so brownie points to Nokia for that.
  3. The Nokia 8 comes with a unique and innovative heat management solution that prevents the Snapdragon 835 processor from overheating. It comes with a full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe that dissipates heat across the full length and breadth of the smartphone. Nokia claims that this allows the phone to run cool even during intensive tasks.
  4. One of the distinguishing features of Nokia's entire Android smartphone line-up is the fact that it runs on a 100 percent stock build of Android. Unlike many OEM's who heavily skin Android and fill the OS with bloat, Nokia believes in the motto - 'Pure, secure and up-to date'. The Nokia 8 runs on stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and according to HMD Global, will be updated to Android O as and when it is released. In fact, Nokia claims that they will be amongst the first, if not the first non Google manufacturers to update their smartphones to Android O. Nokia is also promising monthly security updates for the smartphones.
  5. The Nokia 8 carries forward Nokia's proud partnership with Carl Zeiss which has given us iconic camera phones like the Nokia N95 and Lumia 1020 in the past. The Nokia 8 comes with a dual camera setup at the rear with ZEISS optics - a 13MP primary color sensor paired with a 13MP monochrome sensor. According to Nokia's claims, the secondary sensor improves low-light photography by capturing more data and also allows for the capture of depth information. The dual camera setup comes with a dual-LED flash and phase detection autofocus and can record videos in 4K resolution. On the front, there is a 13MP sensor with ZEISS optics with phase detection autofocus and a display flash.
  6. "Be less Selfie, be more #Bothie" - that is the marketing term used by HMD Global to sell the Nokia 8's most unique and arguably most gimmicky feature. The Nokia 8 is the first phone ever which allows 'Dual-Sight' video - video from both the front and rear camera at the same time - to be streamed natively and in real time to your social feeds such as YouTube. The Dual-Sight feature can also be used to take still pictures.
  7. The Nokia 8 has two features that will please audio enthusiasts out there. Not only does the smartphone come with a 3.5mm headphone jack- a port which is fast becoming extinct on flagships these days, it also has a feature called OZO Audio which basically allows you to capture 360 degree audio. How it works is simple -360 degree sound is captured via Nokia's acoustic algorithms along with the smartphone's three microphones. Nokia claims that binaural codecs ensure that the sound is retained even when played back on devices without OZO Audio.
  8. The Nokia 8 comes with an extremely high-resolution QuadHD display with a very high maximum brightness of 700 Nits. The display is 5.3-inches in size and comes with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top for protection against nicks and scratches. The extra resolution comes in handy while watching 2K content in apps like YouTube and also makes the phone VR ready. The Nokia 8 has been priced at 599 Euros (roughly Rs 45,500) and will go on sale globally in September. It is expected to make its way to Indian shores in the month of September itself for a price of Rs 39,999.
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