HMD’s Nokia 8 Flagship Unveiled: 5 Things to Know

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HMD Global has unveiled its fourth Android-powered smartphone this year and the most powerful one in its lineup yet, the Nokia 8, which will go on sale in September.

The latest flagship device from the Finnish company is reportedly going to go on sale in the European market at €599.

After its sad demise at the hands Microsoft, the Nokia brand was reprised by HMD Global and three new variants — Nokia 3, 5 and 6 — running on the Android operating system were launched globally. And now the company has unveiled a high-end device in its mid-range offering.

Corroborating with earlier rumours, the Nokia 8 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest offering, the Snapdragon 835 processor. But Nokia has kept the bigger bezels and capacitive buttons inspite of the industry-wide trend of thin bezels on flagship devices.

“We know that fans are creating and sharing live content more than ever before, with millions of photos and videos shared every minute on social media. People are inspired by the content they consume and are looking for new ways to create their own. It’s these people who have inspired us to craft a flagship smartphone which perfectly balances premium design, an outstanding experience and powerful performance,” said Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global.

Things to Know About the Nokia 8

  • Display: The Nokia 8 features a 5.3-inch (2560 x 1440) liquid crystal display (LCD) protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
  • Design: The device is packed in an aluminium casing and is 7.3mm thin. The 3.5mm headphone jack is located at the top and the charging port at the bottom with the fingerprint sensor at the back panel.
  • Processor: The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset which clocks at 2.45 GHz and is supported by Adreno 540 GPU.
  • Memory and Storage: The Nokia 8 comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
  • Camera: HMD’s flagship sports a dual-lens camera on the rear with 13MP and a 13MP front camera. Both the front and the rear camera sport Zeiss optics.

The device is backed by 3090mAh battery supported with QuickCharge 3.0 tech.

The Nokia 8 comes with Bluetooth 5 and NFC. It will come in blue and copper glossy colours and blue and grey matte colours.

The device will be available in two variants — single and dual sim — and will run on Android Nougat 7.1.1 out-of-the-box.

The Nokia 8 comes with an always-on display which displays notifications for calls, SMS and email, alongside the clock, day, date and battery percentage.

While video calling on the Nokia 8, users have the option to switch on the video feed from both the front and the rear camera at the same time.

It’s still unclear exactly when the Nokia 8 will make it to the Indian market, but it will receive stiff competition from the likes of OnePlus 5 which is placed in almost the same price bracket.

Earlier this month, Nokia’s entire (rumoured) schedule for the release of their upcoming devices in 2017 was revealed. According to the rumour, Nokia is working on four new devices — Nokia 2, 7, 8, and 9,

While one has been unveiled by the company, we’re yet to see what HMD has to offer with its other Nokia devices lined up for this year.

Nokia has been doing well so far and going by the numbers, it doesn’t seem like the brand’s popularity has been hampered significantly following its exit and re-entry into the market.

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