HMD Global finally gives us the Nokia 8 we’ve all been waiting for

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HMD Global, the proud owners of Nokia smartphones have already given us a look at some entry level to mid range smartphones like the Nokia 3, 5, and 6. Back in mid-July, we posted some rumors that the new Nokia 8 would come with a Snapdragon 835 SoC allowing it to be a higher end Nokia Android phone that feels like what everyone has been waiting for. Finally, HMD Global has provided some information about what the Nokia 8 will look like and what’s running under the hood.

HMD Global wasn’t shy about telling the world that their newest flagship smartphone has three “firsts” in the Android world. One of the three “firsts” dubbed “Bothie” is a “Dual-Sight” video/photo option letting you use both the rear and front facing camera with a split screen visual offering real time recording if you plan on live streaming on Facebook or YouTube. You don’t necessarily have to use it just for videos as photos will be an option too. You should be able to get a fine tuned photo thanks to Zeiss collaboration with the 13MP dual rear facing camera, one for color & OIS and the other for mono, with a 13MP front facing camera.

The second “first” deals with audio, which smartphones are slowly starting to get better at. The Nokia 8 comes with OZO Audio, “Hollywood” technology as HMD calls it, to provide you with a full 360-degree audio experience thanks to three microphones combined with Nokia’s acoustic algorithms. When you share your videos with other, even if they don’t have a Nokia 8, they will still be able to hear the 360-degree audio.


And last but not least is the body and insides of the Nokia 8. It may not seem like a first for Android devices, but we’ll give HMD the benefit of the doubt. The unibody is framed from a single block of 6000 series aluminum that goes through a 40 stage process for perfection. Inside of that single block of aluminum is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC leaving no shortage of performance. To keep the SoC cool, HMD included a full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe that keeps the handset cool when putting it through the ropes. The SoC wouldn’t be complete without 4GB RAM to make multitasking much easier and IP54 rating allowing the phone to take some splash damage, but not totally destroy the phone. As for internal storage, you’ll get 64GB by default which can be expanded up to 256GB with a MicroSD card, screen size is 5.3″ IPS LCD QHD 2560 x 1440 under a piece of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 2.5D glass. USB Type-C is the charging port choice with Quick Charge 3.0 to go with the integrated 3,090mAh battery, and a fingerprint scanner. All of this is running on pure Android 7.1.1, which means no bloatware that we all dislike and monthly security updates to make sure the device is most current with Android updates.

There are four color options to choose from: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue, and Steel. Price tag is €599 or about $705USD and available globally in September. No US release date yet, but that can change at any point in time. So tech heads, what do you think about the Nokia 8? Does anyone plan on purchasing one when it becomes available? Let us know by leaving comments down below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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