Official: This is #Nokia 8

HMD Global today officially announced the long-rumored flagship Nokia 8. At an event in London, HMD, without an official public announcement, showed the device to the media that did the announcing for them. The official product page of the long awaited flagships is up at Nokia.com/phones, so let’s start with the official promo video for the Nokia 8.

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Specifications:

  • Size: 151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm
  • Display: 5.3″ IPS QHD 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 (700nits, polarized); Always-On
  • CPU: Snapdragon 835 Octa core, (4 2.5GHz Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU + 4 1.8GHz Kryo)
  • RAM: 4GB LPPDDR4X
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB (Gloss Blue) UFS2.1 + MicroSD (up to 256GB)
  • Camera:
    • Primary – 13 MP (Colour + OIS) + 13 MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, 76.9˚, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash, ZEISS
    • Front facing –  13 MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0,  78.4˚, display flash, ZEISS
  • Battery: 3090mAh (non-removable), USB Type C
  • OS: Android 7.1.1 (Android 8 coming soon)
  • Other: NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3-mics, Fingerprint sensor, Splashproof (IP54), Always On display (Glance)

The Nokia 8 comes in an 6000 series aluminum unibody being 151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm in size. In fact, the phone is just 4.6mm at its thinnest and 7.9 at the thickest and large heat pipes have been installed to ensure proper dissipation. HMD says that the phone undergoes a rigorous 40-stage process of machining in the manufacturing process. It carries a pillow like design, similar to the Nokia 5, but it’s more sophisticated.

Nokia 8 features a 13MP dual image-fusion rear camera with a color and monochrome sensor, and a 13MP front camera with phase detection auto-focus and wide-angle less. Both cameras (front and rear) are equipped with ZEISS optics. The rear camera features OIS, f/2.0 aperture and 1.12um pixel size. An IR range finder is there, too. The front camera can use the display as a flash when taking pictures, and shares the same aperture and pixel size with the rear camera.

The 8 is the first phone with an exclusive Dual-Sight mode that lets you use both front and back cameras simultaneously for split-screen photos and video. The camera app has built-in streaming options for Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

HMD describes the “Audio and Video” on the Nokia 8 as “Hollywood technology in the palm of your hand”. The Nokia 8 is the first ever phone to feature Nokia OZO spatial 360° audio built in to its core. It records spatial audio, allowing you to accentuate the right sound using Audio Focus, that reduces the ambient sounds and background noise. The camera supports 4K video recording as well. Take a look at the official OZO Audio demo on Nokia 8 down below.

Hardware-wise, Nokia 8 comes with the Snapdragon 835 platform. HMD added a full-length copper cooling pipe with graphite shield to dissipate system heat across the full body of the phone. It comes with 4G(LPPDDR4X) of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB (Gloss Blue) (UFS2.1) of storage, depending on the variant,

The screen is a 5.3″ IPS with the 2560 x 1440 resolution. It is protected with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 and is polarized. The screen will have the Always-On feature, or as we know it from the past, the Glance mode. The screen is LCD but thanks to the innovation coming from the HMD itself, small section of the screen will run in low-power mode and thus show the notifications and time. The battery is 3090mAh and from conectivity features we have USB Type-C (USB3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, including sensors like: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, E-compass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint Sensor, Hall sensor, and Barometer. The OS is Android 7.1.1 with Android 8 coming soon.

The Nokia 8 story:

The Nokia 8 will be available in Polished Blue (Hero color: 6GB RAM + 128GB storage), Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper  and will be available globally in early September, priced at €599 ($706). You can learn more about Nokia 8 at the official product page here.

Update:

Video²: Collection of the Nokia 8 hands on videos

Press release

London, UK 16th August 2017 – HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced the Nokia 8, a high performance, beautifully crafted smartphone, designed with content creators in mind. The Nokia 8 brings three world-firsts to Android smartphones, including a debut collaboration with ZEISS optics. With performance and pure Android at its heart, as well as the most advanced aluminium unibody design to date, the Nokia 8 represents all the hallmarks of a true flagship Nokia smartphone.

Be less Selfie, be more Bothie: The Nokia 8 introduces a world-first in enabling Dual-Sight video to be livestreamed natively and in real-time to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube. Dual-Sight simultaneously harnesses both the front and rear cameras in a split screen visual for both photos and videos. With just one touch, this world-first livestream capability gives more immersive experiences for those who love to create and share special memories.

Nokia 8 is also the first smartphone to feature Nokia OZO Audio, placing exclusive Hollywood technology in the palm of your hand. OZO spatial 360° audio brings a fully immersive audio experience to your 4K video. Leading-edge 360° audio capture ensures the playback lets you truly relive the moment so your memories never fade.

4.6mm thin at the edge and just 7.3mm slim on average, Nokia 8’s seamless unibody is precision milled from a single block of 6000 series aluminium and its pure design has been refined through a 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing. Select models feature a high-gloss mirror finish that has taken over 20 hours to complete to achieve a flawless look. The phone features Qualcomm’s powerful SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile Platform and paired with the pure, secure and up to date Android experience ensures outstanding performance.

Be less Selfie, be more #Bothie

There are two sides to every story and the Dual-Sight feature of Nokia 8 is designed to help you create and share the full picture. The front and rear-facing cameras on the Nokia 8 have been co-developed with ZEISS optics for an optimum all round experience. Content creators can natively broadcast their unique #Bothie stories to social media through the Dual-Sight functionality located within the camera app. Fans can also enjoy unlimited1 photo and video uploads to Google Photos.

A new dimension of sound with OZO Audio

Featuring OZO Audio, Nokia 8 combines three microphones with exclusive Nokia acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360° spatial surround sound. Share your 4K videos with OZO Audio anywhere – binaural codecs enable high fidelity playback even on devices without OZO Audio.

Innovation and precision engineering

Powered by the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile Platform, Nokia 8 doesn’t compromise on performance.

The Nokia 8 has been designed from the ground up with the consumer in mind to deliver unique content capture and sharing experiences. This requires it to be as meticulously designed on the inside as it is on the outside. To keep your phone working harder for longer, the design, innovation and engineering teams worked hand-in-hand to deliver. The result is a full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe that dissipates the heat generated by the high performing system across the full length and breadth of the handset. The Nokia 8 runs cooler in even the most demanding situations.

Nokia 8 is Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 compatible, meaning when your battery is running low you can get back to recording your important moments sooner.

Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, said:

“We know that fans are creating and sharing live content more than ever before, with millions of photos and videos shared every minute on social media. People are inspired by the content they consume and are looking for new ways to create their own. It’s these people who have inspired us to craft a flagship smartphone which perfectly balances premium design, an outstanding experience and powerful performance.”

Always pure Android

Nokia smartphones always offer a pure Android experience, with no unnecessary apps slowing down the performance of your device. And with Nokia 8, pure Android combined with our innovative engineering processes unleashes the full potential of the SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile Platform. With monthly security updates, the Nokia 8 is safe and up-to-date. Your device is secured with biometric fingerprint authentication, delivering enhanced security and making Nokia 8 a versatile companion whatever your needs.

Accessories

We offer a range of accessories perfectly tailored to suit the active lifestyle of any Nokia 8 owner. The Nokia 8 works beautifully with the Nokia Active Wireless Headset – a lightweight, water, sweat, and dust proof premium headset. Carved from aluminium for the perfect match, this headset features a beautiful diamond cut design. The full portfolio of accessories for Nokia phones includes a range of headsets, portable speakers, in-car chargers, cases and screen protectors.

Availability

Nokia 8 will be available in four colours: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel and will be available at a global average retail price of €599 with roll out throughout September.

Technical specifications for Nokia 82

Device Nokia 8
Networks GSM: 850/900/1800/1900

WCDMA5: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8

TDS-CDMA: 34, 39

LTE:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41

Network speed LTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
OS Android Nougat 7.1.1
Chipset Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform

  • MSM8998 (Quad* 2.36GHz + Quad* 1.9GHz, up to 2.45GHz for single)
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB3 internal memory with external MicroSD card slot (support up to 256 GB)
Form factor Splashproof IP54 touch monoblock with capacitive system keys
Display 5.3” IPS LCD QHD 2560 x 1440, 700nits screen brightness, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5, 2.5D Glass
Camera with ZEISS optics Primary camera: 13MP (Colour + OIS) + 13MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, 76.9˚, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash

Front facing camera: 13MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4˚, display flash

Connectivity & Sensors Type C, USB3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps), 3.5mm headphone jack, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, E-compass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint Sensor, Hall sensor, Barometer, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO), BT 5.0, GPS/AGPS+GLONASS+BDS, NFC, ANT+™
Battery Integrated 3090 mAh battery4 with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 (18W, 5V/2.5A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
Audio MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG, WAV, AMR, AWB(AMR-WB), FLAC, MIDI(MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA)
Video MP4, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, MKV, WEBM
Dimensions 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm (camera bump 0.4mm)
Weight 160g

 

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  • Muerte

    Any idea of the optical image stabilization?

    • Stinger

      I believe it does have it.

    • OIS is there. It’s in the article

      • Muerte

        Thanks, spotted it now 🙂

      • Viccky Maurya

        It also has EIS.

    • There is, colour camera has OIS

  • Stinger

    I’m very excited. This is such a great phone. And to think, just a few years ago the N9 with 1 Gig of ram and 64 Gig of storage with an 8 megapixel rear camera cost US$800.

  • Stinger

    Is there a notification LED? I’m not sure if I’m seeing one next to the “N” in “NOKIA” on the front of the phone.

    • Muerte

      It has the glance screen – for me it’s far better than any led notification light…

    • Viccky Maurya

      The old nokia models had much more whiteness in the ‘NOKIA’ sticker (better to say they were totally white). But this time it looks more glassier.

      • The NOKIA branding is less visible in recent smartphones imo. The branding on my Lumia 1320 is much more visible compared to the Nokia 3 which i saw few weeks back. 🙁

  • Well, personally, I like the Nokia 8 more than I thought I will. We knew the design, specs, and a solid build quality was expected, but (leaving aside the livestream flop) the phone is packed with some impressive engineering solutions and camera technology. The copper pipes and graphite plate under the screen are something I do want to see JeryyRigEverything examine and how does it perform in day to day usage.
    The option to stream video from both cameras is intensive and the SoC generates a lot of heat using it, and such (pipe+graphite plate) solution is really an innovation.
    The fact that OZO Audio is build in proves that HMD and Nokia Technologies cooperate very well, and considering how Nokia Technologies is serious with VR and Media, HMD’s Nokia phones will have a lot of interesting and powerful features.

    The 5.3 inch screen is maybe a drawback for folks with bigger hands and the 8 isn’t for people that want “modern (bezel less) design”, but it will be more durable thanks to “bigger” bezels.

    The price is a little higher than expected, but I don’t have the feeling the phone is overpriced, considering a lot of differentiating factors it has (ZEISS, OZO, camera features, heat distribution etc.). Android Authority said 6th September is the launch date and HMD’s Juho Sarvikas said the phone is already shipping, meaning that it will hit globally fast, in matter of 3 weeks since announcement.

    • Stinger

      I’m right there with you Stipe1906! For me, Nokia and HMD hit a homerun (as the Americans would say). The 8 has more than I was expecting. I might even start taking selfies now! ha ha ha.

      I had a feeling that the leaked price of Euro 500 was a bit optimistic, but I have no problem with the official price. All things considered, especially it’s heat management and construction, it’s a fair amount to pay. Lots of trolls over at GSMArena are already calling it “overpriced and ugly”. What’s interesting is the sheer NUMBER of people who feel it’s their duty to leave a negative comment. I think this phone will do very well.

      I have to admit that the 8 has exceeded my expectations. It’s a slick design with lots of horsepower. I can’t wait to get my hands on one. I’m also looking forward to comparison tests.

      And here’s a BIG Thank You to Stipe , Themightym and all the crew of Nokiamob for bringing us all the news so quickly.

      Cheers!

      • Viccky Maurya

        We Nokia fans were waiting for Nokia 8 announcenent to praise it and shamesung,apple,oneplus fans were waiting to write negative comments on gsmarena….😂😂

        • Yes, there are some bashing it Chinese phone Chinese phone but that is since start of the return announcement so its better ignoring them.
          But one important thing is that if something is wrong with the product we should give that feedback to HMD Global & not blindly be going YAY! just because its a Nokia

          • Agree with that 100%. But we have to keep in mind that for every decision manufacturer makes on a phone, they do market research and prototyping.
            For example, I find the screen size smallish, but there surely are a lot of people that 5.3-inch screen size will be enough for them. Maybe they are the majority on the planet.
            Also, the battery capacity seems smallish for a flagship, but S8 (with bigger screen) has the same capacity and full day battery life. HMD said they worked with Qualcomm to make the SoC cooler and designed antennas to keep the battery consumption lower. We have to see will it endure a whole day, because that’s the standard. Of course 2 or 3 days of battery life will be amazing, but that’s not possible without affecting the sleek design (4.6-8.3mm) and probably the price.
            My point is that feedback should be given on things that we have the necessary data to say “you got it wrong” or “you can do it better”. Sometimes we can see instantly that some decisions are “strange” like the LED removal from 6, but they brought back glance, a highly requested feature.
            Haters will always hate, but as a dude that values hardware more than software, 8 packs some interesting solutions worth of keeping an eye on. 🙂

          • Yes, there will never be a 100% satisfaction rate for a phone.. different people different boats..

            Now, that Nokia 9 seems to be non existent, I really feel N8 had some different design traits..

            Maybe I’m wrong but Nokia never used the exact same design for two different phones?

          • They did, in fact. 5800, 5530, 5230, 5235… looked the same. Lumia range had its differences between phones

          • Okay, i was wrong on that part I guess.

            I might sound negative on looks of it but it’s not that, Nokia 5 design is all good.. no complaints.. but just the thought that’s it’s sane on flagship kinda makes me wanted more and something a lil different.
            Just read on Android authority that OP5 is $200 cheaper than Nokia 8 ($705 direct conversion)
            At the end, I just hope it sells great all over the world.

            Btw what are your thoughts on filling the gap between 6 & 8 and at what pricing.

          • There is space for 3 devices, but the mid-range Android segment is extremely competitive. Chinese players have excellent value for money devices at the 300-500€ range.

            I would do, in fact, one device with Snapdragon 660, 3gb ram, 32gb storage, 5.5-inch 1080p screen, the 13MP front and single 13MP back like on the 8, ZEISS-branded, 3000mAh and priced at €399. (But no OZO)
            Little worse specs, but making sure the camera was high end. That way a mid-ranger could be enough special to compete with Chinese midrangers with high end specs.

    • Viccky Maurya

      After holding Nokia 5 in my hand, i have no problem if flagship comes with same design (in fact i am in love with this design). I really like the Nokia 8 and yes its not overpriced regarding the innovatios it has. Dont know when idiots shall understand this….

  • The Youtube channels still don’t have any Nokia 8 content LOL

    • Viccky Maurya

      I also find the same….. Wrost event ever. If they did livestream more people would have came to know about Nokia 8’s real power 😶😶

  • Nokia 8 For me :-
    1) Event was awfully bad.
    2) Nokia 5 design is meh, but glad they did made it thinner & giving Nokia 8 a little of its own identity
    3) Was Expecting Bigger battery.
    4) Was Expecting different Camera UI
    5) Happy to see Front lens is Zeiss too
    6) OZO Audio is a thumps up.
    7) September availability, much better than the last time if delivered but wished it was gap of a week at max, because of the launch of Note 8 & V30
    8) 599 Euros / 705$, it’s hitting the gates flagship price(Just Checked S8 UK is available at 559.99 Euros) and not affordable flagship
    9) Due to this price im kinda doubtful about Nokia 9 Existence.
    10) Nokia 6 – 229 Euros(299 Euros)__________________ Nokia 8 599 Euro/ 705$.. What will be in-between as its a huge Gap and what price, interested in that.

    • 10 – Nokia 7 is missing and a Snapdragon 6xx processor

      • I feel like it have enough Gap to Get 2 Phones fit in.

        • Hemedans

          yap same here, perfomance midrange and efficient midrange, sd630 and 660

          • I hope to see these two (7 & 7+) at IFA & wish that Nokia 2 is a dead project

          • Hemedans

            if Nokia 2 come with android GO then it will be decent phone

          • Android Go will be same like the stupid Android One. Let’s just trust ourselves that Android needs resources.

          • Hemedans

            if am not mistaken android one was hardware based solution so it is different to Android GO.

            if Google release android Go as Rom and give access to developers, then i cant see it failing, it will be same as AOSP

    • I would say there is no Nokia 9! There will be an affordable flagship in the for of Nokia 7+ with SD 660 and ZEISS optics and OZO Audio 🙂
      There can also be a Nokia 7 with SD630 🙂

  • Is the Speakers Mono or Stereo like Nokia 6 or Some OZO magic?

  • Always On Or Glance on LCD with power-mode on, I would’ve preferred having Notification LED too, so that it was a choice to have what you prefer.
    LG G6 made kinda same thing skipping on LED & having this Glance or Always On display & it did had a difference keeping it on & off

  • https://www.cnet.com/pictures/taking-the-nokia-8s-dual-camera-for-a-test-drive/

    The Camera looks quite impressive to me. Have a look at it.

    • Kimo Timonen

      I agree, pics seems to be rather crispy, and also seems to me that Dynamic Range is very well managed.
      Neverthless It’s a pity they put OIS only on the color sensor lens, and I really hope they will add soon a native support for RAW shooting.

      • On the Need of IMPROVEMENT side
        A proper Manual mode, current offering isn’t anything good.
        &
        RAW shooting is a welcome feature.

        • Kimo Timonen

          Yes right, I forgot to mention a decent Manual Mode.
          Due couple of weeks ago HMD bring back “at home” a lot of old Nokia patents from Microsoft included the beautiful Lumia Camera UI I hope they’re going to get it available as replacement of the current one.

          • Yes, I saw that too but it’s not here so we don’t know if they’re even planning to even bring it back at all or not. But let’s hope for best.

          • Wait for their IFA Event 🙂

          • Yes, I hope HMD doesn’t skip on IFA & does make some good announcement.
            Hopefully the wishful new Camera UI would be announced & will streamlined for the whole lineup with proper functioning Manual Mode

          • They have few things left to announce. Nokia 2, 3310 3G, Nokia 7/7+, Demo of Nokia 8 Camera, announcing Lumia Camera like UI for all phones and also announcing the dates for Android O release.

          • I feel like IFA would be dull if all we get 3310 3G & N2(Dont want this phone to exist at all)
            But if we get all you mentioned above it’ll be great.

          • Why will they just announce 3310 3G and Nokia 2 at IFA then. They will be present at IFA to showcase their current and upcoming smartphones and may be much more 🙂

          • Yup.
            Its still doubtful of the presence of HMDGlobal at IFA though.

            Zeiss & Nokia Health is there.

  • 599 Euros for the Polished Blue variant or Normal variant?

    • Never thought that way. I hope the Polished Blue is 599 & Normal is maybe 529(like 6) or 549.. and this phone if performs well… it is a tough competitor

    • Don’t know. They also said 6gb RAM for poslished blue, but it was removed from Nokia.com. We’re checking with HMD about that.