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Nokia 8 Launched; Price, Specs Revealed

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The Nokia 8 is official. The handset debuts with ZEISS optics, a rectangular aluminum body, and stock Android.

Nokia 8 Philippines: Specs, Price

The Nokia 8 debuts with a lot of “firsts.” It’s the first smartphone equipped with ZEISS optics, a longtime Nokia partner. It’s the first to introduce the Dual-Sight livestreaming (more on this later). And it’s the first to feature OZO Audio.

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First smartphone with ZEISS optics

Nokia and ZEISS has had a long history. In 2005, Nokia launched the N90, its first phone equipped with ZEISS lens. It was probably at that time where the Finnish company started taking mobile photography seriously. Fast forward to today, the Nokia 8 continues the partnership.

The handset is equipped with dual 13MP rear cameras with f2.0 ZEISS lens. It’s execution is similar to that of Huawei’s, with one sensor providing colors and the other for mono. The sensor has a 1.12um size, and is backed by PDAF, an IR range finder, and a dual tone LED flash.

The front camera also uses a 13MP sensor. This one has a size of 1.12um, and comes with a f2.0 lens, PDAF, and a display flash.

First smartphone with Dual-Sight

The Nokia 8 was designed with content creation in mind. The Dual-Sight feature uses the front and rear cameras to display a split screen visual for streaming to social feeds like Facebook and YouTube. It works on both photos and videos. Content creators can use it to broadcast bothies as opposed to selfies (that’s both-ee; I kid you not, that’s what they said), to showcase two sides of a story.

First to use OZO Audio

OZO Audio is a Hollywood exclusive technology that records 360-degree spatial audio to match 4K video. It uses three microphones and Nokia’s exclusive acoustic algorithms to do this.

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Nokia 8 specs

The Nokia 8 features a familiar metal rectangular unibody built from a single block of 6,000 series aluminum. It boasts a 5.3-inch quad HD display with a curved 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5.

Inside, the Nokia 8 is powered by a powerful octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 540 graphics unit. It has 64GB of storage and an expansion slot (via the SIM 2 slot) that can accommodate up to 256GB microSD card. The handset runs on stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat ( a big plus in my opinion).

The rest of the specs include a fingerprint sensor, a USB Type-C port, IP54 splash and water resistance, and a 3,090 mAh battery with Quick Charge.

Price and Availability

The Nokia 8 will have a retail price of €599 (roughly Php36,500). It will be available globally starting September 2017. No news yet on when it will be available in the Philippines.

Nokia 8 specs:

  • 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Display (2560 x 1440; 554 ppi)
  • 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor
  • Adreno 540 Graphics Unit
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage +microSD up to 256GB (Via SIM 2)
  • Dual 13MP (Color + OIS) + 13MP (Mono) Rear Camera w/ f2.0, PDAF, IR Range Finder, Dual LED Flash
  • 13MP Front Camera w/ f2.0, PDAF, Display Flash
  • LTE, HSPA, GSM
  • Dual Nano SIM
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth v5.0
  • GPS, AGPS, GLONASS
  • NFC, USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • IP54 Splash and Dust Resistance
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 3090 mAh Non-removable Battery w/ Quick Charge
  • Dimensions: 5.96 x 2.90 x 0.31 in; 160g
  • Colors: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue, Steel

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