The Nokia brand we previously knew is no longer around. Although patents and other mobile-related rights to company was bought by Microsoft, production halted after sales performance failed to impress. The rights to produce Nokia phones have been passed on to HMD Global, another Finnish company just as the original Nokia was. So although some new Nokia phones have cropped up lately, they are not from the same Nokia company, nor is it from Microsoft. These new Nokia phones are from HMD Global, so we might have to dial down are expectations.
This year, we’ve heard announcements for new Nokia devices but if you’re a Nokia fan, don’t get your hopes up. The new Nokias now run Android, although the feature phones like the revived Nokia 3310 still run on Nokia’s own operating system. We do not see any resurgence from Nokia anytime soon.
Very recently, we learned about the announcement of a new flagship phone, the Nokia 8. It runs on Android and looks like any other big phone out there. Nokia 8 is however trying to differentiate itself from other Android phones through some photography and audio tricks. The Nokia 8 is the first Nokia-branded Android phone to feature Zeiss optics on the front and rear cameras. Both have 13-megapixel sensors, including a dual-camera array at the rear that also includes a monochrome camera. The camera is something called the “bothie” mode which activates both the front and rear cameras to capture photos or video. The Nokia 8 can then broadcast the video (with the front and rear cameras) to Facebook or YouTube natively through the camera interface. The audio trick, on the other hand, has something to do with the integration of Nokia’s Ozo Audio which makes it possible to capture videos with 360-degree audio.
For the rundown of specifications and features, the Nokia 8 runs Android,7.1.1 Nougat and features a 5.3 inches IPS QHD (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) 1440 x 2560 pixels display and a Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) 4GB RAM Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 processor paired with and 64GB native storage capacity. The Nokia 8 is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 3090 mAh battery, with support for USB v3.1, Type-C reversible connector and Dual SIM (Nano SIM).
The new Nokia 8 will be available in early September and will have a price tag of around $700. Frankly, this is a bit expensive considering the current competition.