It took months before the Nokia 6 finally hit the American soil and as it is, HMD Global has no immediate plans to release the Nokia 8 in the same market.
In case you didn’t know, the Nokia 8 is now official courtesy of a London-held event that took place yesterday. After doing rounds in rumor mills, the Finnish company has finally unveiled its first high-end phone since jumping to the Android family.
Previous reports had claimed that the company would release a flagship phone known as the Nokia 9, but we now know the name of this phone. In addition to unveiling it, the company also confirmed the pricing as well as availability details alongside the expected list of specs.
Nokia 8 price and release date
From what we know, the Nokia 8 price in Europe will be €599. This translates to about $700, however, a report by Engadget claims that the company has no immediate plans to release the phone in the U.S. This, however, doesn’t mean the Nokia 8 won’t be coming to the U.S., it only means that fans might be facing a longer wait than expected.
As for the rest of the globe, the Nokia 8 release date is set for early September. Of course, this will not happen in all markets at the same time, but the company says that availability will spread out through the month of September and probably beyond.
Nokia 8 specs and features
You are probably asking what the Nokia 8 brings to the table in terms of specs and features. Given that this is a high-end phone, you won’t be disappointed by what the phone, especially on the hardware front.
Similar to other 2017 flagship phones, the Nokia 8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.5GHz and mated with 4GB RAM. The storage stands at 64GB with room to expand it, but this microSD card slot is also the same one used as the SIM 2 slot. The display size is not massive, coming in with a decent 5.3-inch panel with a QHD resolution and 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top.
It had already been confirmed that HMD Global will be working with Carl Zeiss on the camera department of the Nokia 8 and this is exactly what you get. The back has a dual 13MP sensor, where one is a color unit and the other a monochrome unit, while the front has a single 13MP shooter that is also backed by Zeiss optics.
The battery on board is a 3090mAh non-removable unit that should do well to see you through the entire day on a single charge. In case it dies on you, the Nokia 8 supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology that promises to give your phone a day’s power in just a few minutes of charging. Like many other high-end phones, HMD Global went for a USB Type-C port for charging and PC connectivity purposes, but the company kept the 3.5mm audio jack.
Nokia has been a proponent of the pure Android ROM since coming on board. The Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 are all based on a near-stock Android OS, which allows for faster software updates. This is the same thing you get on the new Nokia 8, which is powered by Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. With such a clean interface, the phone should always be among the first to receive software updates from Google. In fact, don’t be surprised if the update to Android 8.0 O comes out a few weeks after the phone’s release.
Potential buyers of the Nokia 8 will be able to choose from four color options of Steel, Polished Blue, Polished Copper and Tempered Blue. The phone should work on both GSM and CDMA carriers.
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