#Nokia 8 could really come with #OZO Audio, but could it also be waterproof?!

Back in April, a rumor started circulating the web that an upcoming Nokia flagship could feature OZO Audio. OZO Audio is the name of a group of enhancements and technologies used to capture spatial audio on the OZO VR camera. When building their first VR camera, Nokia decided that it is not enough to just capture the video in all directions, but the audio must follow as well. The big deal with OZO Audio is that it captures spatial audio, basically meaning that it “remembers” from which corner, when you are looking it using a VR glass, the audio came and it adapts the audio to sound as much naturally, just like you would hear it in real life.

A similar technology, that was by far the best sound capturing technology in the mobile industry, existed on some Lumia devices (1020, 1520) and was called Rich Recording. However, OZO Audio is a step forward, because it allows full 3D audio capture. How the OZO Audio Works, you can check down below. Learn more about it here.

The story about OZO Audio support on Nokia 8 or Nokia 9 was brought up again, because a high ranking HMD official teased via social media about a “mind blowing OZO Audio from an unannounced beauty.” Some might say: maybe he is talking about a new OZO product, but HMD Global is not connected with Nokia Technology, that made OZO, in a sense that they do joint OZO developments or similar. On the other hand, Nokia Technologies has “brand partners” that work with HMD on Nokia smartphones to keep everything in line with the standards.

The HMD official that shared his thoughts about OZO Audio added an airport as the current location. Testing spatial audio on an airport is ideal to show the power of capturing sound from all directions, because airports are one of the busiest places with a lot of people talking and constant flight announcements. Some lucky travelers may have even seen the Nokia 8 or 9 recording sound with OZO Audio, but unfortunately for them, they didn’t even have a clue what they were witnessing. πŸ™‚

Next up, waterproofness. We heared few weeks ago from rumors that Nokia 9 could be waterproof (IP68), but not Nokia 8. A friend from Finland spotted something interesting on the leaked photos of Nokia 8 that raise the question if the 8 could be waterproof. On the leaked real-life photo of the gold-copper Nokia 8, we can notice a small rubber wrapped around on the SIM tray. My Nokia 6 with an identical SIM tray (hybrid) does not have that rubber, and isn’t declared as waterproof, even though it has an IP52 certificate.

Nokia 8 SIM tray
Nokia 6 SIM tray

Rubber in that place is usually used to protect the inner components from water, thus leading to conclusion that the 8 might be waterproof. It could be that HMD opted for the rubber to make the phone more water resistant, but with no real waterproofness (IP68).

Thanks everyone for the tip. πŸ™‚

Nokia OZO Audio: via (LoveNokia), source (VTechgraphy)

  • I wish Nokia 7 comes with OZO Audio recording capabilities too. 😁
    That will be a huge surprise from HMD πŸ˜‰
    And maybe from Nokia 7 and upwards they will start adding IP67 certification to all smartphones

    • Muerte

      Just curious – as I have never needed a fully waterproof phone (Nokia phones are and have been durable enough to handle some normal moisture like rain, spilling drinks, etc.) – where does one need completely waterproof phones? In the shower? While swimming?

      I’m not saying that it is purely a gimmick as some people may use their phone during a swimming excercise (?), but adding this feature to all smartphones makes the production more complicated thus resulting in more expensive phones (especially in the lower end of portfolio).

      • Michael

        That’s the problem with that term “waterproof”. IP68 does not describe waterproof. There is actually a fairly wide range parameters that meet that “8” part of the specification.

        “The equipment is suitable for continuous immersion in water under
        conditions which shall be specified by the manufacturer. Normally, this will mean that the equipment is hermetically sealed. However, with certain types of equipment, it can mean that water can enter but only in such a manner that it produces no harmful effects.”

        Mobile phone manufacturers narrow that down to something like: “resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes.”

        That’s not waterproof. That is water resistant and watertight.

        Not a gimmick, once expectations are set correctly. Folks drop their phones in the water all the time under all sorts of conditions (I have for sure). Great bit of protection to have. But that’s it…it’s emergency protection, not an additional capability.

        • Stinger

          Very well said!!!! Not many people are aware of this distinction. Probably because it’s buried in the fine print. Just another case of the marketing department running amok.

          • Michael

            Sony got bit in the rear-end because of their marketing of their Z3 showing the phone being used for snorkeling pictures. I actually bought the phone because of that marketing and used it for snorkeling. Twice! It started acting up shortly after the second trip with the headphone jack not working properly, then the screen, then it finally died after about a year. Sony revised their marketing and their wording. I got clued up on what IP68 really meant after that.

            On the other hand, I dropped my Samsung S5 active..or should I say, we were both knocked down by an extra big wave surge on a heavy surf day in Hawaii. Rinsed it off after and never had a problem. Great bit of emergency protection.

        • Muerte

          Yep, but that is what I meant also – I have dropped my Nokia phones under water many times and not a single one of them have been destroyed. Phones have been swimming in the beer glass, in the lake, in the sink, under rain, etc. So they are quite durable in the first place. But none of them have been IP68 or “waterproof” or at least not advertised as such.

      • We don’t need waterproof phones always. But this feature is useful sometimes. Even Motorola had it in most of their devices before Lenovo. I said that IP67 will come in phones above Nokia 7 model which will be high end but I would love to see it come to budget Nokia phones too. πŸ™‚

  • Stinger

    Great stuff! A phone that’s resistant to splashes and some rain is just fine for me. I don’t take pictures or WhatsApp under water. I might be wrong, but I don’t think waterproof phones can handle chlorine (pools) or saline (ocean) solutions.

    What are the benefits of having OZO Audio on a phone?

    • Better sound recording capabilities. Watch the video above and also use a headset for better experience.😊 I think they used Nokia 8 in this video. πŸ˜‰

      • Stinger

        Many thanks LoveNokia.

  • Deep Shekhar

    While all the buzz is going around with Nokia 8, I am still curious to know the reason behind Arto Nummela’s exit from company!

    Can anyone enlighten me up with reason behind his exit or any concrete news behind that!

    Thanks In Advance πŸ™‚

    • Probably because of the delays. The 3, 5, 6 were scheduled for Q2 launch, but that didn’t happen. Someone had to take the blame.

      • Deep Shekhar

        but he shouldn’t have left the company. He could have stepped down from his CEO position and should’ve stayed in the company. He was such a valuable asset to this startup. Without him, we miss his unique vision to pave the way to Nokia’s success.

        I believe there must be some other reasons too that made him to take this harsh decision.

        • Who knows. Maybe he has private problems or something, All in all, HMD continues without him

    • Stinger

      Nothing has been said other than it was a “mutual decision”. If I had to guess, I’d say it probably had something to do with the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 taking so long to reach consumers’ hands. We may never know. I just hope the wait for the Nokia 8 is MUCH shorter.

      • Deep Shekhar

        I too want the same way. Now, to live up to expectations Nokia should make pre-orders that particular day itself and starts shipping Globally from the very next week. This way it will gain the confidence back from the existing fans and also will help the sales.

        As Nokia 8 doesn’t have that stand out bezel-less flagship design, to cover up it has to outperform the existing flagships like S8 and the upcoming Note8 and IPhone 8 and OnePlus 5.

        Pricing will also be a key. If the leaks are right and its priced around €449 then it will lead to it sales.

        Now in this fierce competition, Brand Name No longer matters (expect Apple as they have die hard fanboys) as the rise of Huawei,OnePlus,Oppo and Vivo is the proof of this. Only Value of matters now so Nokia/HMD Global can no longer depend blindly on its brand name and make mistakes it has done before.

  • Jurrian

    Just cancelled pre-order of Nokia 6, when i’m back from holiday i’ll see if i’ll go for 6 or 8..

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    The picture that shows the ‘Nokia 6 SIM tray ‘

    Can someone be kind enough to let me if this means that the phone can accept both types of SIM cards? Meaning, it can accept BOTH the nani SIM cards that we all are being pushed to use now, or, an we orientate it in a way where in which it can work with a micro SIM card?

    So, is that tray able to hold a nano SIM card and a micro SD card, yet, it can also hold a micro SIM card (but no longer can hold a micro SD card).

    I’d really appreciate it if someone could please let me know.

    • It can hold one nano SIM and one MicroSD or two nano SIMs. No micro SIMs.

      • EricLovesSymbian

        EricLovesSymbian says:

        Thanks … Unfortunately, I was hoping Nokia would still incorporate both nano and micro SIM card slots. Vertical for nano and horizontal for micro (or vice versa) for people like me who refuse to get the newer 128 kb or 256 kb SIM cards.

        I’m perfectly happy with my 2002 64 kb SIM card. I have service anywhere and everywhere I go and up until recently, I could manually choose 2G, 3G, 3.5G, 4G or 4G LTE, by myself. Or in any combination.

        My Nokia 808 would last about three days or so with moderate usage (talk and text), and up until a few months ago (att no longer supports 2G), this Blu R1 HD would get about 3.5 days or so per charge.

        So, in closing, it’s unfortunate that Nokia did not include the micro SIM card slot (in a horizontal fashion)

        • Wow, that’s an antic SIM card πŸ™‚