HMD Global, the brand which is licensed to use the Nokia name, introduced two new smartphones yesterday at an event in Karachi. One is their latest flagship, the Nokia 8 and the other one is their most competitively priced offering, Nokia 2. Despite differences in hardware between the two phones, HMD Global has promised to provide the best experience possible available in each phone’s respective price bracket. We have already been impressed by the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, it is no doubt that these phones would have to fill in big shoes.
Nokia 8 is a very unique launch for the brand. HMD Global, till now, has only released smartphones priced very competitively. Entering in the flagship space, Nokia 8 is the first of its kind from HMD Global. It contains the latest and greatest 2017 hardware – Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB RAM and dual back cameras. The launch event shed light on how Nokia 8 is equipped with some amazing audio recording technology – OZO spatial audio. The phone can focus on a certain sound source and amplify that.
The other phone that shared the spotlight was the Nokia 2. This smartphone is the entry level offering which is available at a very low price. During the launch event, it was showcased how HMD Global was able to squeeze the 2-day battery life from the Nokia 2 and how Nokia 2 offers premium external materials even at this price point.
Right below, you can read the detailed press-release for the event along with further info on Nokia 8.
Karachi – 13 December, 2017: HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced the launch of Nokia 8 in the Pakistan. Nokia 8 is a high performance, beautifully crafted smartphone, designed with content creators in mind. It 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.
Kamran Khan, Country Head of Pakistan, HMD Global said: “It is exciting to witness how digital technology is changing lives throughout the world. In Pakistan we are also seeing a new generation of content creators who are forging their own paths in the world, on their own terms, and according to their unique outlooks. Our aim is to enable the sharing of their enriching experiences and, ultimately, to unite people and bring them closer. The Nokia 8 promises an innovative and unique experience to further inspire the Pakistan content creator.”
Be less Selfie, be more Bothie: The Nokia 8 introduces a world-first in enabling Dual-Sight video to be live streamed 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 live stream capability gives more immersive experiences for those who love to create and share special memories. The cameras have been co-developed with ZEISS optics for an optimum all round experience..Fans can also enjoy unlimited photo and video uploads to Google Photos.
A new dimension of sound with OZO Audio
Nokia 8 is also the first smartphone to feature 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.
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 ChargeTM 3.0 compatible, meaning when your battery is running low you can get back to recording your important moments sooner.
4.6mm thin at the edge and just 7.3mm slim on average, Nokia 8’sseamless 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.
Ammar Ahmed, Head of Marketing, Pakistan, HMD Global added: “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
With the recent update, Nokia 8 now offers fans a pure and secure version of Android 8.0 Oreo with no skins and no changes in the user interface and all the latest features to make content creation and sharing even more fun.
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.
Nokia 8 will be available in four colours: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel and will be available in Pakistan from today at a retail price of PKR 59,900/-.
- Size 151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm
- Colors Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper
- Network and connectivity
- Network speed LTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO), BT 5.0, GPS/AGPS+GLONASS+BDS, NFC (sharing) ANT+
- Operating system Android™ Oreo
- RAM 4 GB LPPDDR4X
- CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform, Octa core, (4* 2.5GHz Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU + 4* 1.8GHz Kryo)
- Internal memory 64 GB1 UFS2.1
- MicroSD card slot Up to 256 GB
- Connector 3.5mm AHJ headphone jack
- Size and type 5.3” IPS QHD
- Resolution 2560 x 1440
- Material Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5, 2.5D Glass
- Camera and flash
- Primary camera 13 MP (Colour + OIS) + 13 MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, 76.9˚, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash
- Front-facing camera 13 MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4˚, display flash
- Battery and charging
- Battery type 3090mAh2, non-removable