The reborn Nokia brings its premium play to market with the Nokia 8.
When does the Nokia 8 come out? Available in Australia in September 2017
What’s new about the Nokia 8? Aluminium unibody, Dual sight "bothie" camera, Snapdragon 835 processor.
How much does the Nokia 8 cost? $899 outright.
What is the Nokia 8?
When the Nokia brand was reborn for mobile phones at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, it did so with a trio of low lost, basically low-power handsets, the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. HMD Global, the company that has purchased the rights to use the Nokia name for handsets had its sights firmly set on the emerging markets where a more affordable handset would have significant appeal.
The Nokia 8 is a different play, pitching towards the premium market with a stylish unibody design and much higher-end processor on board, as well as an innovative take on camera technology thanks to Nokia's tie-up with lens manufacturer Zeiss.
Is the Nokia 8 powerful?
Where the first run of Nokia phones were notable for their low and mid-range processors, HMD Global/Nokia has opted for the current cutting edge in smartphone processors with the Snapdragon 835 processor, paired up with 4GB of RAM. That's a fairly potent combination, although we have seen some manufacturers opt for even more RAM to smooth out the Android experience over time. Still, the Nokia 8 should easily run rings around its lower lost, lower power brethren.
The Nokia 8 should also benefit from the fact that HMD Global doesn't really install much in the way of additional software on its handsets, preferring instead to opt for a cleaner and leaner Android install that's closer in intent to the kinds of experiences you get with, say, a Pixel or Pixel XL.
Does the Nokia 8 have a good camera?
In the premium smartphone space, the quality of the camera is paramount. While other manufacturers are increasingly opting for dual lens solutions, Nokia's taken a sideways look at the concept via what it calls Dual Sight. This combines the front and rear 13MP cameras into one shot for direct streaming to Facebook or Youtube. Nokia refers to the resultant video as a "bothie".
How do I charge the Nokia 8?
The Nokia 8 charges using USB C connectivity, with a provided charger and cable in the box. USB C is a newer standard that uses a fully reversible cable end as distinct from microUSB where there's a definite "wrong" way to try to plug in a cable. The Nokia 8 has a non-removable 3090mAh battery on board.
Is the Nokia 8 water resistant?
Nokia refers to the Nokia 8 as "splashproof", which is the polite marketing way of saying that it has no announced and tested water resistance to speak of. Getting the Nokia 8 mildly wet shouldn't be a major problem (and this is true of most smartphones), but immersion is not recommended.
When will the Nokia 8 be available in Australia?
The Nokia 8 will go on sale in Australia in September 2017.
How much does the Nokia 8 cost?
The Nokia 8 will cost $899 outright when it goes on sale in either Steel or Polished Blue finishes, available through Harvey Norman stores. As yet, there's no sign of any carriers offering the Nokia 8 on contract terms.
Nokia 8 Review
We've comprehensively tested out the Nokia 8, with mixed results:
"The reborn Nokia's first new premium phone is a fine handset, but uninspired design and a less than premium camera detract from its value proposition."
Nokia 8 Specifications
- Product Name
- Nokia 8
- Display Size
- 5.3 inches
- 2560x1440 pixels
- 554 ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- Operating System
- Android 7.1.1
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- Dual 13MP
- 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 mm
- 160 g
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