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Nokia 8 released - specs, pictures and more

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 16 Aug 2017 3:26 User comments (6)

Nokia releases its latest flagship phone - here's Nokia 8 HMD Global who currently has the rights to use iconic Nokia brand in its phones, released its latest Android flagship phone just moments ago.
New Nokia 8 is a direct challenger to other Android-based flagship models in the market and is priced accordingly - and packs pretty familiar features, too.

Nokia 8 has a heatpipe-cooled Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM memory and a 5.3-inch QHD (2560 x 1440px) Gorilla Glass 3 display. It ships with 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded with microSD memory cards.

According to HMD, the phone is meant for "content producers" - not meaning people who write blogs for living, but people who use social media actively and post lot of a/v content to net. This means that HMD has made an extra effort to make sure all the audio and video features of the phone are on par with the top models in the market.

Both, front and rear camera can record video and capture still images at the same time without video recording suffering from this. Both cameras can be operated at the same time and can be viewed on screen simultaneously. To enhance the "multi-dimensional" video recording, Nokia 8 also supports Nokia OZO surround audio recording.



Rear camera is a dual 13Mpix camera - the other one capturing black and white spectre and other one capturing colors, a similar solution to the one Huawei has used in its recent flagship models. Furthermore, the front camera has a 13Mpix sensor.

Estimated global pricing is set at around 559 / $658. Availability should be "soon", but HMD didn't reveal exact dates. HMD's current phones have been praised for their "almost vanilla" Android and snappy operating system updates.

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6 user comments

117.8.2017 01:29

Nice.

But is it overpriced compared to the Chinese phones coming out?

217.8.2017 01:37

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Nice.

But is it overpriced compared to the Chinese phones coming out?
IMHO, it has its merits. Arguably its toughest competitors are OnePlus 5 and Huawei Honor 9. Both are priced 60 euros - 100 euros cheaper than Nokia 8. Nokia 8 has better display than its competitors - and it has microSD slot, unlike OnePlus has. And obviously, Nokia phones have been getting the latest Android updates pretty darn fast, unlike Huawei.

So, mostly, I'd say, it is down to which phone of those three feels best for you.

Other Chinese brands are mostly fighting for the mid-range market, not in high-end - or their support for Western stuff, like Google services, requires tweaking.

317.8.2017 02:34

Originally posted by dRD:
Originally posted by Jemborg:
Nice.

But is it overpriced compared to the Chinese phones coming out?
IMHO, it has its merits. Arguably its toughest competitors are OnePlus 5 and Huawei Honor 9. Both are priced 60 euros - 100 euros cheaper than Nokia 8. Nokia 8 has better display than its competitors - and it has microSD slot, unlike OnePlus has. And obviously, Nokia phones have been getting the latest Android updates pretty darn fast, unlike Huawei.

So, mostly, I'd say, it is down to which phone of those three feels best for you.

Other Chinese brands are mostly fighting for the mid-range market, not in high-end - or their support for Western stuff, like Google services, requires tweaking.
I like the SD slot. It's a little short on RAM, be nice if it was 6gb. Do you think a 1440p screen is worth it at that size? The video features would be good for a journalist... if it actually works as well as it says.

From my point of view, and i am by no means an expert, the Chinese brands have been getting more high-end. But cheap. And people whom i know use them haven't told of any issues running them in English or "International". That could be subjective. I can't attest to Android updates. And I suppose there might be a concern of the Chinese government spying on you. :)




417.8.2017 03:52

Originally posted by Jemborg:
From my point of view, and i am by no means an expert, the Chinese brands have been getting more high-end. But cheap. And people whom i know use them haven't told of any issues running them in English or "International". That could be subjective. I can't attest to Android updates. And I suppose there might be a concern of the Chinese government spying on you. :)
Yeah. But even amogn Chinese brands, there are those that are worth buying and those that aren't. Here in Europe, at least, OnePlus and Huawei are those hat have clear ambitions to become "real" contenders in the phone market. Xiaomi is obviously huge, too, but they seem to ignore rest of the world for the time being.

Besides those three brands, it is always a bit hit-and-miss what to buy when considering a Chinese brand, IMHO :-)

517.8.2017 12:06

WOW......1 article in six days with a seemingly average article count of 3-4 every 7-8 days.

AD is simply a "read and go" website now. I mean, not even enough articles to keep the reader engaged to POSSIBLY click an ad for revenue.

AD ain't what it used to be.

618.8.2017 04:25

Originally posted by hearme0:
WOW......1 article in six days with a seemingly average article count of 3-4 every 7-8 days.

AD is simply a "read and go" website now. I mean, not even enough articles to keep the reader engaged to POSSIBLY click an ad for revenue.

AD ain't what it used to be.
Yeah, we're having a shortage in English staff for the time being. Apologies for this - and this is something we'll fix by Autumn.

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