The nostalgic Nokia phrase “Connecting People” still carries strong recall for the earlier batches of this millennial generation. After all, this is the brand that sparked the mobile texting craze amongst Filipinos at the dawn of the new millennium. Now with their flagship Nokia 8 Android phone, a model unlike any mobile device they’ve developed before, the team at HMD Global, the exclusive licensee of the Nokia mobile brand, has taken mobile memories to a new level. Helping their consumers bond with user-friendly, durable devices has always been at the heart of Nokia’s product development. The Nokia 8 enables users to “share both sides of the story” with the phone’s uniquely exclusive “bothie” dual-sight feature.
Last September 29, the Nokia 8 was officially revealed and showcased for the Philippine market at their launch in Manila House, BGC. Warmly hosted by Paolo Abrera, the phone was presented to the press by HMD Global Philippines’ Country Manager Mr. Shannon Mead.
Let’s have a macro peek at this device’s juicy specs, shall we?
In hand, the phone is reasonably light but weight-y enough to matter at 160g. Body-wise the Nokia 8’s absence of hard corners and edges make it a pleasing unit to hold. The refined exterior is dust and splash resistant.
Nokia’s flagship smartphone boots up to an Android 7.1.1 Nougat system and is upgradeable to 8.1 Oreo. The widespread flexibility of Google’s powerful mobile operating system, apps, search engine and online tools find themselves right at your fingertips, something you’ll only get on premium devices such as this.
These days, a phone’s photographic ability also matters almost just as much as its ability to connect us clearly. With Zeiss optics and 13 megapixel front and rear cameras plus a f/2.0 aperture there’s little concern to be had when it comes to missing out on the details even in low light. Both front and rear cameras allow flash photography, the front one being made possible with display flash.
Selfies, anyone? Nokia has amplified those possibilities. Now with the “bothie” feature users can simultaneously record themselves and the other person or subject in front of the camera. The “bothie” feature makes for twice the context in storytelling and enlarges the possibility of documenting memories with added value.
Powered by an energy economical 2.5GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU and 4 gigabytes of ram ,one can expect a smooth interface experience once in use. Plus, the processor has a built-in cooling system so there’s no huge drawback when it comes to overheating.
Battery life is great since the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is known to handle power consumption quite well. Expect to get through a regular work day even with moderate to intense use before having to charge!
Shareability is in a snap with WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC sharing. You’ll be able to flaunt those recorded “bothie” memories in a snap from your Nokia 8.
When it comes to audio, Nokia brings Hollywood tech right into this device using OZO spatial 360° audio, leaps and bounds more immersive than standard stereo. It allows you to “zoom into” the audio you prefer in an environment to amplify and highlight as you’re shooting different moments or events like in a concert for example. This is yet another feature that is a valuable multimedia asset unique to the Nokia 8 device. Also with the use of a dedicated mobile mic, noise cancellation is available.
The Nokia 8 is a dual sim unit that will take 2 Nano-sims and external memory is expandable through microSD up to 256GB. Internal storage options are 4GB LPPDDR4X RAM, plus 64GB UFS 2.1 internal storage (ROM).
The phone’s video screen leaves little to the imagination with a 5.3-inch QHD IPS display @ 2560 x 1440 px, 554ppi resolution, and a Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 2.5D glass screen won’t be shattering that easy anytime soon. That resolution partnered with 4K video capture plus OZO spatial audio are a happy marriage when it comes to the video playback of your favorite captured memories.
Reasonably affordable, the Nokia flagship Android smartphone Nokia 8 is even made more exciting by the brand’s promo until April 30 and can be yours for just PHP 24,990. If that’s not enough, you get a free JBL Bluetooth headset, valued at PHP 3,000. You can find it in many local retailers like MemoXpress, or you may purchase online through Argomall.
Nokia 8 Full Specifications:
5.3-inch QHD IPS display @ 2560 x 1440 px, 554ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 2.5D glass
2.5GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Adreno 540 GPU
4GB LPPDDR4X RAM
64GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2 slot)
13 MP (Color + OIS) + 13 MP (Mono) rear cameras: 1.12um f/2.0, 76.9?, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash
13 MP PDAF front cameraL 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4?, display flash
LTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
Dual-SIM (nano-hybrid), Dual Standby
WiFI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO)
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
IP54 dust and splash resistance
Nokia OZO spatial 360° audio
Android 7.1.1 Nougat and upgradeable out of the box to Android 8.1 Oreo
3090mAh non-removable battery
DTI-FTEB Permit No. 1433 Series of 2018
DTI-FTEB Permit No. 1880 Series of 2018
DTI-FTEB Permit No. 14514 Series of 2017
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