Nokia 8 flagship is official with Zeiss dual camera and live-streaming abilities

For quite some time it has been rumored that a high-end Nokia phone would launch soon. Today, HMD Global made that phone official. It is known as the Nokia 8, and soon you'll be able to get one. Here's what this new Android-powered heavyweight has to impress with.

Design: keeping it simple

As expected, the Nokia 8 goes easy on the bells and whistles. Much like the other Nokia smartphones launched by HMD Global so far, the brand's flagship follows a traditional design approach. It revolves around a metal body curved at the edges and a 5.3-inch screen situated at the front. There are no super-slim bezels in play. You don't get water-resistance either, as the phone only has an IP54 protection against light splashes. 

What you do get is a handset meticulously built out of a single piece of 6000-series aluminum. Below the screen you'll find a fingerprint scanner and capacitive navigation buttons, while the headphone jack is at the top and the USB-C port is at the bottom. There are several colors to pick from: glossy or matte blue, grey or copper.

Display: large, bright, detailed

The 5.3-inch display on the Nokia 8 is of the LCD variety and packs plenty of pixels – 2560 by 1440 of them for over 550 pixels per inch. What's also great to hear is that the screen promises great outdoor visibility with up to 700 nits of brightness. And when not in use, it can show you basic information like notifications for missed calls or unread messages. HMD clarifies that its always-on display approach relies on a low-powered section of the display to minimize its effect on battery life. There's a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 protecting the screen against scratches and cracking.

Processor, memory and software

Under the hood of the Nokia 8 is a Snapdragon 835 SoC – a powerful, yet energy-efficient chip that should be able to run anything you throw at it. 4GB of RAM are also on board along with 64GB of storage, but you can also pick a higher-end variant offering 128GB of space. You can further use the microSD card slot to add extra gigs if you need them. For a brief period a 6GB model was mentioned at the company's website, but it has been removed since.

To help with heat dissipation, a copper pipe is built into the Nokia 8. It pulls heat away from the system chip and spreads its across the device's surface, thus helping it work harder for longer. 

Battery capacity stands at 3090mAh for the Nokia 8. The cell is not user-replaceable, but can be recharged quickly thanks to Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0 technology.

On the software side, HMD Global is keeping things clean, just like it did for the launch of the Nokia 3, 5, and 6. The Nokia 8 will run a pretty much stock version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with an update to Android O coming in the near future. The lack of heavy manufacturer modifications would allow HMD Global to release timely software updates, thus keeping its flagship up to date.

Dual camera, Dual-Sight livestreaming

And now for the most exciting part – the camera on the Nokia 8. On the back we have a dual-camera setup comprised of two 13MP cameras – the main is an F2.0 shooter with OIS while the secondary boasts a monochrome sensor. At the front is a 13MP camera with fast, phase-detection autofocus and display flash. All three snappers use Zeiss optics for greater clarity. 

Interestingly, the camera feature touted the most has little to do with the dual-camera arrangement. It is called Dual-Sight mode and it takes advantage of the camera app's support for native live-streaming to Facebook or YouTube. In a nutshell, this mode lets you stream video from both the front and the rear cameras in a single video feed – what HMD calls a Bothie. As pictured above, the video is comprised of two halves – one for each video stream. Sound is captured using Nokia's OZO technology for 360-degree audio reproduction. 

Details about the dual-camera setup on the Nokia 8 are scarce, but it looks like it could work by combining visual information from both sensors into a single image. Black-and-white cameras are known for their greater light sensitivity, so the data can be used to enhance the details captured by the primary color sensor.

Nokia 8 price and release date

HMD is promising a speedy launch for its flagship phone. The Nokia 8 release is set for September, when the device will be made available globally at a price of about 600 euro ($706). So far there are no specifics detailing a Nokia 8 launch in the US.

Related phones

  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3090 mAh



1. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

At this point I find it JOKE. Let's see ...

3. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

Android Authority has already posted their review and it looks promising.. Except for the price i.e. €599, everything is great...

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Android Authority has already posted their review? I suppose you mean hands-on, not review.

14. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Will give a read later. Having said that any early bird reviews are a little biased since because of mutual interest.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

Looks GREAT to me at this point, and beyond.

2. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I am pretty dissapointed to be honest it's an uglier version of HTC U11 with no IP68 protection... but on the other hand it has 3.5mm jack and some pretty neat features. I need a review on the camera and battery please.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

Here is a more detailed description of some of the Nokia 8 features, including the livestream capabilities:

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Thank you :)

52. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

@ post 4. mini green man .How many hMD global throat points do you get for doing this?

6. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Those bezels though. It won't be a match for the Pixel 2.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

The same bezels are on the iPhone, and you've never complained about that, mxyzptlk. What hypocrisy. It won't be a match for the Pixel 2, *IMO.

36. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

It's because iPhone is much much superior than any of these android phones and bezels don't matter. People buy iPhones for it's quality and fame. People buy androids for just work purposes or just because they are cheap. Bezel is a very subjective thing, some people like it some don't. But bezels will never ever stop people buying the iPhone ever but for android it's a different story. Android has lot of competition and thus lots of cheap choices.

38. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

iPhone is superior at lags and sheep base

44. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Isn't that what the S8 does?

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's certainly what the iPhone does. I speak from experience. How about you?

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

What the hell does that have to do with bezels? I mean, are you serious? I knew you were blind Apple fanboy, but you have no shame in being one. Have you seen the quality and frame in a Nokia built device? NO ONE can claim crappy build quality with a Nokia smartphone. And no one that buys an inexpensive Android ever didn't do so because of bezels. I'm pointing out an obvious hypocrisy from an obvious troll. That has absolutely NOTHING to do with your fanboy, completely subject view about Android devices. You are a special kind of $#33p, dude.

45. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Lol, you've upset him and now he's blowing a fuse. He knew what you meant. Calm down and stop getting your panties in a twist, MG.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, the king troll coming to dckride a fellow troll. Too bad the only panties you've ever twisted are the ones that you wear on a daily basis.

46. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

So did you log in to your other accounts to agree with yourself?

50. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, you logged into YOUR other accounts to agree with me, because deep down inside, you know that I'm right, and you can't dispute this fact, that's why you're deflecting from it.

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

How do you manage to be so inspirational?

7. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I can't wait to get it. I hope Nokia will release it in the US soon. However, putting 5.3' screen size for this phone makes me feel that the true Nokia flagship hasn't come yet!

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think that one will be the Nokia 9! Can't wait to get both!

41. hemedans

Posts: 758; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

like 820 and 920, 820 was for geeks same perfomance as lumia 920 but it lack those wow features, Nokia 9 will come for those who want small bezel, best camera, and other innovations.

8. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I think camera will be the biggest selling point of this Nokia 8.Also the liquid cooling also looks promising.But,design wise it looks dated.Too much bezels like iphones.Also no water proofing or dust proofing.Although new camera features like Boothie is sure looks first of its kind and also the 3.5mm headphone jack was also there.But this kind of design is really not worthy to have in 2017 for sure.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yeah, no water or dust proof, but it has splash proofing. Maybe the Nokia 9 wil be full IP68.

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I really admire those Zeiss optics though!

9. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Omg I can't believe it, glad that those nokian engineers never gave up, if it doesn't come for sale in the usa by December I'll have to pick one up in France

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Nokia is back everybody. I hope they return like the old days.

11. Camilla81

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 18, 2017

The copper colour is really nice but those bezels are really big for a 2017 flagship.

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