Prior to the official announcement of the Nokia 8, we saw a lot of Geekbench entries of an “Unknown Heart” (Nokia) device with 4GB, 6GB and 8GB of RAM. When HMD announced the 8, they only introduced one configuration with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, that will be available in four colors: Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper; for a price of €599.
HMD’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas talked with IndianExpress about the Nokia 8, its camera, heat dissipation system, and why they opted for just one memory configuration of the device, at least for now.
Juho explains that having different configurations raises the possibility of complications when manufacturing, in other words, it’s much simpler to have one configuration that can be brought much faster on the market. He adds that HMD uses “Pure” Android, meaning that for normal usage 4GB RAM will be enough, but in some markets where Google Play Store is not allowed, and apps are possibly less optimized, versions with more RAM make sense.
HMD’s CPO said that when using both camera’s they both give a video in FullHD resolution and in hotter environment (“in India’s hottest summer days”) the full resolution stream can be done up to an hour before the resolution drops. In a little colder environments (typical day in Finland), the dual video can be recorded in full resolution until the phone has battery. That’s thanks to the heat dissipation system that consists of a copper pipe and graphite shield (pictured below). He described the system as “very advanced”.
I think it’s a good think to simplify the manufacturing (and delivery) process by offering a single configuration, because we saw with the 3, 5 and 6 that it is not as easy as it seems to manufacture a device. I also value choice, and it would be nice to see more memory options in the near future, but HMD’s priority must be (and thankfully is) to bring the device as soon as possible to the market, and they are doing that.