Nokia 8 launches in Australia in September
Nokia's first high-end Android smartphone lets you stream from both front and rear cameras.
The return of Nokia to the smartphone space in 2017 has been a budget affair so far, with a slew of affordably priced but largely unremarkable phones. That might change with the newly announced Nokia 8 flagship, which will hit Australian shores in September.
The Nokia 8 is an aluminium unibody design and comes in four colours: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel. Unfortunately, only Steel and Polished Blue will initially be available in Australia. Like other Nokia models, it features Android 7.1.1 largely free of manufacturer enhancements.
The main hardware novelty is Dual-Sight, which creates a split-screen live stream for YouTube and Facebook using both the front and rear cameras on the phone. Nokia describes these as "Bothies", which is unpleasant, though the idea is quite clever.
The phone also boasts OZO "spatial 360 audio" recording via three separate microphones. As you'd expect on a flagship, there's also biometric security via a fingerprint reader.
The Australian price is $899, which lines up with the €599 launch price in Europe. HMD Global (which owns the rights to issue phones with the Nokia brand) is releasing the phone in Europe and Asia, but not in the US as yet. It will initially sell through Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi; no word on any carrier deals yet.
Here are the key specs for the Nokia 8:
|Screen size||5.3 inches|
|Operating system||Android 7.1.1|
|Storage||64GB plus micro SD|
|Dimensions||151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm|
Last month, Nokia officially launched the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 in Australia, after having announced them at the Mobile World Congress earlier in the year. Check out our review of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 to see how they measure up.