Ever since HMD Global Oy aquired the rights to market phones uinder the Nokia brand, the venerable brand that we know and loved seemed to have had some new life put into it. The Finnish manufacturer launched 3 smartphones, namely the Nokia 3,5 and 6 at MWC this year. All three adopted the Android lifestyle and were back with a considerable bang.
Adding to this lineup, HMD Global even brought back the beloved Nokia 3310 with an updated design and specs to boot with a battery life of 30 days. So far, things are looking good for Nokia and HMD Global. Perhaps things are even about to get better.
Say Hello to the Nokia 8
Leaving aside the numbering system, the new Nokia 8 draws inspiration from its 3 predecessors. Sporting a candybar design, the Nokia 8 would have a 5.3 QHD (2560*1440) resolution display and be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 processor. Depending on the model and region, the Nokia 8 will either have 4GB or 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM.
Although, the former model may be scrapped leaving only the 6GB model available. Even so, both models are more than capable of handling your day to day needs of office work, social media, gaming, and everything in between. The Nokia 8 will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and will be available in colors of blue, “steel”, gold/blue, and gold/copper.
Rekindling an old flame
Possibly the biggest announcement for the Nokia 8 (apart from it having a dual camera setup) is the fact that the lenses and optics for the cameras would be provided by Zeiss. If you’ve owned a previous Nokia phone of the “N” series such as the N70, N73, or N95, you would know that the cameras on these devices all possessed Zeiss optics. From the N series, pretty much all high end Nokia devices boasted Zeiss optics and had superior image quality when compared to its competitiors.
Sadly though, with the demise of Nokia’s production and the switching over to Microsoft, Zeiss optics were found only on a handful of Microsoft Lumia devices such as the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 640XL. With the Nokia 8 however, we will see the return of Zeiss in all their glory. The Nokia 8 is slated to have dual 13MP cameras with possible 4K video recording, or worst case, Full HD recording.
Getting your hands on one?
If everything falls into place, HMD Global Oy is looking at launching the Nokia 8 on the 31st of July 2017 priced at around USD 675. Convert that to Sri Lankan currency and that’s around LKR 104,000/-. Quite pricey indeed. But if you’re really adamant on getting a Nokia 8 for yourself, now you know how much it’s going to cost.