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HMD Global Unveils Nokia 8 w/ 5.3-inch QHD Display, Snapdragon 835, Zeiss Optics

HMD Global today announced the Nokia 8, the flagship smartphone out of the newly-established Nokia lineup of handsets. The device opts for a familar shape and finish while featuring top-tier specifications on par with other devices on the market, including the Galaxy S8 and Moto Z2 Force.

Specifically, this device opts for chunky bezels rather headed in the bezel-less direction a majority of the industry is headed nowadays. This is to an extent forgivable, as the bottom bezel houses capacitive keys and a fingerprint sensor. Of course, HMD could’ve gone the bezel-less route and switched to on-screen navigation buttons and and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, but what can you do?

On the front of the phone sits a 5.3-inch Quad HD display. Below that is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, an Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. Android 7.1.1 Nougat comes on board which is likely near stock considering Nokia’s recent history.

As for cameras, HMD is using Zeiss for the first time in a Nokia-branded Android smartphone with a dual camera system on the back and a selfie cam up front. Regarding the former, there’s a main 13MP sensor which takes normal photos and 4K video, while beside it sits a monochrome shooter that can take native black-and-white photos and natural bokeh. A cool camera trick Nokia built in is called “bofie” (I kid you not). It allows for users to take a photo using both the front and rear cameras in a split view. It’s similar to what’s available with devices from OEMs like Samsung and LG, but Nokia’s implementation may be favored if for one reason.

That reason is the fact you can broadcast this split view on Facebook and YouTube. This would be a cool tool to have during special events or everyday moments where you’d like to share your reaction with what’s going on in front of you. I’d probably use it during a football game or while watching a movie or something, but I don’t really know how much I’d use it considering it is a bit gimmicky.

For reference, the front camera is also 13MP.

While shooting video with the Nokia 8, you’ll likely enjoy the audio that gets recorded. This is due to Ozo Audio arriving on board to deliver 360-degree audio recording. The experience will probably be better if you put headphones on while watching videos you recorded or listening to recorded audio, but the quality, in general, should be a lot better than recording on your average smartphone.

Overall, this aluminum-built 7.3mm thin phone looks to compete where it’s available. It’ll launch in Europe for 599 euros (roughly $702) with extended available unknown at this time. It’ll come in different finishes, with some being matte and others glossy.

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Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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