HMD Global has announced its new flagship, the Nokia 8 – a svelte, near-stock Android champion armed with a dual-camera array.
HMD Global revived the Nokia brand this year to see a flood of near-stock Android phones reach the market, though – arguably – the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 have failed to bring much bite into the arena. Good news is, then, that Nokia now has a new flag bearer in the form of the Nokia 8.
The Nokia 8 arrives on the market with a capacitive home button, large side bezels, and an aluminum rear – and in turn offers a new dual-camera array that HMD has dubbed a ‘bothie’ camera – a play on ‘selfie’.
As we reported earlier this year, the 8 revives the classic Nokia-Zeiss partnership; the handset sports Zeiss optics on both its front and rear cameras. While the front and rear cameras leverage 13-megapixel sensors, the latter duo employs one unit to capture colour and another to capture monochrome detail, somewhat like the Huawei P10.
The ‘bothie’ name is invoked wherein both the front and rear cameras can be commanded to capture live video and broadcast streams to either Facebook or YouTube, similar to the concept expressed by LG’s V series smartphones.
The handset sports another trick up its sleeve thanks to the presence of Ozo audio recording, which will enable users to capture 360-degree audio for live streams.
Another new feature aboard the 8 is a new Always-On display (with a proprietary design) that will work in conjunction with a low-power mode to save battery life. The feature will, at launch, only support call, email, and text notifications and will expand to offer social alerts at a later date.
Generally, the smartphone will support a 5,3″ display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of native (expandable) storage.
The handset is expected to go on sale in Europe this September, and will likely be available in South Africa in the following months – following Nokia’s preceding models.
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