The flagship Nokia 8 is now official and is expected to start selling in early September, although some markets will get the phone later in the year.
As usual whenever a new phone is unveiled, the question that will be crossing many people’s minds is whether the Nokia 8 is worth their attention. If you are one of them, this article details out the 5 major reasons you need to buy the phone once it’s available in your local market. Besides the usual specs and features expected on a flagship phone, the Nokia 8 has a number of unique selling points – all of which will form part of this article.
Look around you and the only Android phone that is available at an affordable price yet it packs high-end specs is the OnePlus 5. This phone has a price tag of $479 for the base model and $539 for the high-end model, but it has just met a serious competitor in the shape of Nokia 8.
Although slightly pricier, the Nokia 8’s valuation of €599 or about $700 makes it one of the most affordable high-end phones on the market.
High-end hardware specs
Speaking of high-end phones, the Nokia 8 matches the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC U11, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Moto Z2 Force in terms of performance specs, but it’s the cheapest on this list. You’ll come across a 5.3-inch QHD screen with Gorilla Glass 5 on top, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, a 13MP dual back camera and a 13MP selfie shooter powered by Carl Zeiss optics, a 3090mAh battery unit supported by Quick Charge 3.0 technology and runs a near-stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.
In addition to packing Zeiss-inspired cameras, the Nokia 8 also comes with a feature known as Dual-Sight. With this feature, those who buy this phone will be able to capture images using the back and front cameras at the same time. The feature is not just limited to images, but you can also get videos in the same manner.
The phone will display the contents of both sensors on the screen, but they’ll be split into two and display side by side, more like the split-screen feature in Android Nougat. According to HMD Global, the captured images and videos could also be live-streamed to Facebook Live or Periscope in what the company calls Bothie thanks to a supported functionality hidden in the camera app.
OZO spatial 360 degrees Audio
The phone comes with Nokia OZO Audio, making it the first Nokia phone to come with this feature. This literally places Hollywood technology in your hand, where the Nokia OZO spatial 360 degrees audio ensures that users of the Nokia 8 get a fully immersive audio experience on 4K videos. With the 360-degree audio capture, the phone’s playback will let you relive your best moments, ensuring that your memories never fade.
Essentially, what OZO Audio does is allow 3D audio capture with more than 4 microphones, but this doesn’t mean the feature won’t work if your phone has less than 3 microphones.
Another interesting feature you’ll find on the Nokia 8 is liquid cooling. As you may have guessed already, this Nokia 8 feature keeps the phone cool whenever it’s in trying moments. According to HMD Global, the phone has a full-length graphite-shielded copper cooling pipe that helps dissipate heat generated during execution of intensive processes. In this way, the phone will remain cool regardless of what process it is handling. Perhaps HMD Global has picked up a few lessons from what happened to Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
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