It's official: the first flagship phone by 'the new Nokia' is out, and it is the Nokia 8
, a Snapdragon 835 phone with a dual camera system, and a Zeiss lens. This new Nokia is different from the Nokia you know from the past: a company called HMD Global with some ex-Nokia engineering talent that has acquired the rights to put the Nokia brand on its phones, and is trying to resurrect the brand with a focus on clean interfaces and proper support.
The Nokia 8, in particular, looks lush and features that nearly stock Android experience.
If you like it, you are probably wondering about the price, release date and availability.
At €600, the Nokia 8 is more expensive than the OnePlus 5 and just slightly cheaper than the S8
Update: Nokia has now officially launched the Nokia 8 in many European markets and the official price is set at €580 for both the 64GB and 128GB versions of the phone. In some markets, you also get a free Withings
Nokia Steel hybrid smartwatch
when you pre-order the Nokia 8.
First, let's say that the Nokia 8 will not be sold in the United States initially. The European model also lacks support for key U.S. LTE bands like band 12 for T-Mobile. Of course, it's possible that Nokia brings the 8 to the U.S. at a later date, like it did with the Nokia 6
. The new Nokia 8 also will not be available in China at first. Its main target market seems to be Europe and the release date there is set for September 6th.
The Nokia 8 price is set at €580, which is slightly lower than the current €630 price for the Galaxy S8, but considerably lower than the iPhone 7 that costs €760. The closest competition to the Nokia 8, however, seems to come from brands like OnePlus that offer a similarly clean interface at a much more competitive price: the OnePlus 5
, for instance, has slightly better specs than the Nokia 8 and costs €500.