HMD Global has just unveiled what will be the very first Nokia flagship running Android: the Nokia 8. Historical significance aside, does the Nokia 8 represent the return to form that legions of Nokia fans have been waiting for?
Well, it certainly looks and feels a whole lot like a 2017 flagship and like many flagships, it has a killer feature to set itself apart. Let’s dive right in.
Design of the Nokia 8
The Nokia 8 has most of the hallmarks of a modern flagship, while continuing the design language of the last three models. It has an attractive and very slim all-aluminum design with an average thickness of 7.3mm.
It has a 5.3 inch QHD screen with a brightness of 700 nits. The colors look very vibrant and bright. There is a fingerprint in the front of the phone that couples as a home button too. The back of the device looks great but it attracts quite a lot of fingerprints. It is splash-proof with an IP54 rating.
Camera of the Nokia 8
The Nokia 8 camera is the result of a partnership between HMD and Zeiss and is the core experience the phone is designed around. The rear shooter utilizes two sensors: one color and one monochrome.
The two images are then combined into a single shot with greater contrast using ‘Image Fusion Technology’. This is essentially what we have seen from several other handsets recently, such as the Honor 9 and Huawei P10. There’s also a two-tone flash and both apertures are f/2.0.
Both rear sensors are 13 MP, but in a unique twist, so too is the front-facing camera which, in fact, utilizes the exact same camera module. That means you also get auto focus, which is another rare feature for a selfie camera. The camera app is pretty basic and does not include a manual settings mode.