HMD Global finally announces a flagship phone with the Nokia 8

At CES this year, the Nokia brand finally reemerged with handsets made by HMD Global, as the Nokia 6 was announced. It wasn't exactly a flagship though, since it was powered by a Snapdragon 430 chipset, and the Nokia 3 and 5 were even lower end.

But today, HMD Global finally announced a flagship phone in the Nokia 8. Unsurprisingly, it uses the latest chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835, which means that it supports gigabit 4G LTE, and more.

Both of the two rear camera lenses and the front camera is made by ZEISS, as was shown previously in leaks. The Dual-Sight feature allows users to live-stream split-screen video from both the front and rear sensors, which HMD Global says is a first in a smartphone. The company shamelessly said that it's not a selfie...it's a Bothie.

One feature that seems interesting is that the 13-megapixel front camera includes phase detect autofocus. Most front cameras are fixed-focus, and even the ones with autofocus don't have phase detect, which should allow for it to focus quickly.

The handset isn't only trying to innovate with video capture though, as the phone utilizes OZO Audio by combining three microphones "with exclusive Nokia acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360° spatial surround sound." The firm says that high fidelity playback will even work on devices that don't have OZO.

Here are the full specs:

CPU Snapdragon 835
GPU Adreno 540
Display 5.3 inches, 1440p, LCD
Body 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm (0.4mm camera bump), 160g
Camera Dual 13MP (one color with OIS and one monochrome), Front - 13MP
Camera features Dual-Sight, OIS, PDAF
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Network

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900

WCDMA: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8

TDS-CDMA: 34, 39

LTE:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41

Battery 3,090mAh


While the Nokia 8 comes in at 7.9mm, it's 4.6mm at its thinnest. The phone is "precision milled from a single block of 6000 series aluminium and its pure design has been refined through a 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing."

The phone will be available globally in September at an average price of €599, but you'll want to check the LTE bands above before purchasing it in your region. It will come in four colors, including Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue, and Steel.

Source: HMD Global | Qualcomm | Nokia

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