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Nokia 8: the latest flagship with Snapdragon 835, dual 13MP Carl Zeiss primary camera and more; for a hefty $705 price


This is the biggest piece of news coming out from Nokia camp, with the release of Nokia 8. Will it be able to spark a revival for the Finnish giant? Let’s head on over to find out more.

But first, did you know that Nokia was bought over by a company called HMD Global? For those of you how may not have heard about it, HMD is a start-up that headquartered in Finland. When everyone else may have given up hope with Nokia, out comes the knight in shining armour to rescue them.

It took a while for HMD to get started, but eventually, we already have Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 out in the market as of 2017. Going by the numbers, we know that Nokia 3 is their entry-level smartphone that costs just $150, followed by Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 filling in the midrange section.

With that in mind, let’s do a quick recap on Nokia 6 to know where things stand at the moment:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~403 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • 2.5D curved display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 505 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12 µm pixel size
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB
  • Dolby Atmos sound enhancement
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • January 2017 release date
  • USD 300 price tag

With a price tag of just USD 300, it was offering real value for money back then in January 2017.

Nokia 8 would need to compete against others in its price tag. Let’s begin by taking a closer look at this flagship as per below:

  • 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels or ~554 ppi pixel density
  • IP54 certified - dust and splash resistant
  • Aluminum body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 4GB/6GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, laser & phase detection autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 13MP secondary camera
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Nokia OZO spatial 360° audio
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • September 2017 release date
  • 599 Euro or ~$705 USD price tag

Even from the get go, Nokia 8 comes straight out of the block as powerful as it can be. Starting off with its 5.3-inch IPS screen with Quad HD resolution that makes it one-of-a-kind at this point. Then we have it having an IP54 certification which makes the smartphone dust and splash resistant. It is designed with precision machined from a single block of 6000 series aluminium and sports a polished mirror finish that will sure to make heads turn. Gorilla Glass 5 then tops it all off to protect your precious investment.

Moving on to what’s under the hood of Nokia 8, you can be assured of a fast & furious performance with the Snapdragon 835 chipset, a fast octa-core processor, great graphics and an option to go for either 4GB or 6GB RAM. Not only that, but there’s also a full-length copper cooling pipe with graphite shield to dissipate system heat across the full body of the phone. You know that you can use it for long hours without any worries.

Camera-wise, Nokia 8 features a 13MP dual image-fusion primary camera with both colour and monochrome sensors, plus a wide-angle 13 MP phase detection autofocus front camera. Both front and rear cameras are equipped with ZEISS optics, meaning every snapshot moment becomes a story worth sharing. A first for mobile phones, the exclusive Dual-Sight mode lets you use both front and back cameras simultaneously for split-screen photos and video. This means you can capture videos of yourself and what you are currently seeing in front of you. Very cool indeed.

Regarding storage, there’s more than enough with either 64GB or 128GB as your weapon of choice. Even then, you can easily add up to a maximum of 256GB via the available microSD slot.

For audio lovers, you now get to experience new dimensions of sound with the industry-standard OZO audio technology for 360° recording. With Audio Focus mode, it lets you accentuate the right sounds while reducing ambient sounds or background noise.

Finally, the plain vanilla Android Nougat 7.1.1 is available for you to tap into with a silky-smooth experience that you will enjoy. No unnecessary bloatware that you won’t need, only the essential ones are there.


Nokia 8 is coming in just at the right time with all the right ingredients. Great 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS screen, great protection, great looks, great hardware, great Carl Zeiss dual primary camera, great audio and the latest stock Android Nougat 7.1.1 operating system ensures that you get only the best out of this great flagship.

Nokia 8 is expected to be available very soon in September 2017 for 599 Euro or ~$705 USD price tag. Plenty of colours to choose from – Tempered Blue, Polished Blue, Steel and Polished Copper.

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