Nokia bounces back with Nokia 8

HMD GLOBAL has made the Nokia 8 official.

The smartphone is HMD’s highest-spec Android device to date, and it sets its sights on the likes of the Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 5 with its Snapdragon 835 internals, premium aluminium design and dual 13MP cameras, which come kitted out with Zeiss optics.

While those in Germany can head to Amazon to purchase the device, in Australia retailers JB HiFi and Harvey Norman have the phone listed on their websites.

specs

– 5.3in QHD LCD screen with ‘Always On’ display
– 152x74x7.9mm, 160g
– Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM
– 64GB storage with microSD support up to 256GB
– 13MP dual cameras with optical image stabilisation, Zeiss optics and 4K video, 13MP front-facing camera
– Unibody aluminium chassis with built-in fingerprint scanner
– 3,090mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0 support
– Android 7.0 Nougat
– USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack
– Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue, Tempered Steel colour options

Special features

The Nokia 8’s standout feature, at least according to HMD Global, is its camera, as it’s the first Android-powered Nokia phone to pack Carl Zeiss optics.

There’s a 13MP dual setup on the rear of the phone, which – much like the camera on the Huawei P10 – pairs RGB and monochrome sensors for better image quality. There’s also a 13MP sensor on the front of the phone.

HMD has added what it calls a “bothie” mode (ugh) that will activate both the front and rear cameras to capture phones and videos.

Unlike the similar functionality found on Samsung smartphones, the Nokia 8 is also capable of broadcasting this video to Facebook or Youtube.

HMD has also added Ozo Audio, which means that much like Nokia’s futuristic VR camera, the Nokia 8 will capture 360-degree audio, allowing for it to be broadcast live on streams.

The Nokia 8 will ship running Android 7.11, and HMD has said that it’ll be updated to Android O once it becomes available. At launch, it’ll be available in glossy blue and copper colours, alongside matte blue and steel options.

OZO audio

Nokia 8 is also the first smartphone to feature something called OZO Audio.

This sound technology brings a fully immersive 360 degree audio experience to any videos you record on the device.

Other features include 64GB of expandable memory and a 3090 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge technology.

The new Nokia 8 also runs on pure Android which means it’s not packed with bloatware or duplicate apps and it’s also set to one of the first phones to be updated to Android Oreo.

So, if you fancy owning a Nokia 8 how much will it cost you?

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