Taking the Nokia 8's dual camera for a test drive

Taking the Nokia 8's dual camera for a test drive

Taking the Nokia 8's dual camera for a test drive

After months of rumours and speculations, HMD Global has finally unveiled its flagship device, the Nokia 8.

The good news is, this seems like a solid phone and you don't have to be a millennial to get the best out of it! You can buy it in the following colour options: Midnight Black, Slate Grey, and the new Soft Gold. The Nokia 8 also supports dual SIM dual standby using the hybrid SIM slot where the user can add two SIM cards or one SIM and one MicroSD card.

Nokia is promising a 360 degree fully immersive audio experience with the Nokia 8. It's bright and clear, and exactly what we'd expect to find on a flagship phone. The phone comes out in four color variants: Blue Satin, Blue Polished, Steel, and Copper. The downside is that the display resolution is a mere 1920 x 1080 pixels, which works out at a middling 401-pixels-per-inch (ppi) pixel density. Lamps can inspire sharp-looking smartphones - who knew? This is the same chip that we've also seen power flagship rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and HTC U11. This means that you can simultaneously broadcast from phone's front and rear cameras in split screen. There were talks about a 6GB and 8GB RAM model but nothing has been confirmed yet. HMD, which is partially led by past execs from the former mobile phone giant, acquired the rights to use the Nokia name on its phones previous year. This is a feature that some apps already offer, but having it ready and waiting on your phone makes you much more likely to actually use it.

In the front, the phone features a front facing camera on the top along with the proximity sensor. The front camera also comes out with a 13MP lens. The company has made another move to launch a flagship smartphone which has a similar look of its predecessors but a dual camera. Both are 13-megapixel sensors, with a dual-camera array at the rear that also includes a monochrome camera. Together, the two cameras create an image which recreates colors nearly as good as the human eye sees it. The Nokia 8 is a attractive phone with the specs, and importantly, an Android OS that will let it compete with top devices like Samsung Galaxy S8.

The result is what Nokia is calling a "Bothie", which the company hopes will offer a new take on selfies.

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At the hardware front, the Nokia 8 will tick all of the right boxes. We were rather taken by it. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, and USB Type-C 3.1 port.

It's a capable mobile operating system that's been refined over many years, and is certainly on par with Apple's iOS.

Finding a reliable, well-built Android phone with few software modifications and a reasonable price tag is harder than it once was.

We don't actually have Nokia 8 pricing for the United Kingdom yet, but we do have European pricing. The average price of the NOKIA 8 world wide should be ~€599 (~Rs 44,150). It was a little disappointing that Nokia did not introduce edge to edge display in this flagship smartphone of theirs. To explain that, you need to look to the cameras.

And last but not least is the body and insides of the Nokia 8. While we had a fair inkling as to the kind of spec sheet that the Nokia 8 would sport, now that we have the complete details, let's not waste any more time. HMD Global is hosting an event in London where it is expected to unveil the phone.

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