Nokia 8 goes official with Zeiss dual cameras, OZO audio

Nokia 8

Nokia’s finally gone ahead and shown off its flagship phone to the world after months of leaks and anticipation. As expected, the stock Android handset is indeed called the Nokia 8 and it’s setting itself up as a worthy rival to the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8’s of the world.

The Nokia 8 is a bit more affordable as compared to those two, but it still comes in at a hefty EUR 599 (roughly $706 or Rs 45320). Its metal unibody has been constructed out of 6000 series aluminum and features a unique heat management system that uses a copper pipe with a graphite shield to make sure heat is dissipated evenly.

HMD Global is placing a heavy emphasis on a photography tool called Dual-Sight. The mode lets users shoot from both the front and back cameras simultaneously for split-screen photos and videos AKA Bothies. It’s not a bad idea, though there is the question of the disparity in quality since rear cameras are usually better equipped than the front.

Nokia 8 Dual Sight

In the case of the Nokia 8, the back plays host to two 13MP Carl Zeiss lenses consisting of a color + monochrome setup that’s enhanced by 1.12µm pixels, 4K video recording, an aperture of f/2.0, OIS, PDAF, and dual-LED flash. There’s a 13MP snapper on the flip side as well, boasting of the same 1.12µm pixels, f/2.0 aperture, and PDAF.

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A lot of phones have dual cameras these days, which means the Nokia 8 needs something unique to set it apart from the others. The company’s betting on its own OZO spatial 360-degree audio technology to do so. The tool utilizes 3 microphones to capture surround sound, making the audio more immersive than most smartphone recordings.

Specifications of the Nokia 8:

– Display: 5.3-inch IPS, 2560 x 1440 pixels
– OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat (upgradable to Android O)
– CPU: Snapdragon 835
– Storage: 64GB, expandable up to 256GB
– RAM: 4GB
– Camera: 13MP + 13MP rear, 13MP front
– Battery: 3090mAh
– Size: 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm
– Connectivity: dual-SIM, Wi-Fiac, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C

The Nokia 8 will begin its global journey in September. It’s set to hit India in early October. Country-specific cost details are to be announced closer to the handset’s market launch.