Nokia 8 now on sale in Germany and Australia
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The first high-end phone from Nokia-licensee HMD Global is now on sale in Germany and Australia following its launch last month in Finland. The Nokia 8 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 that is found in all the major high-end Android devices shipping in 2017. Priced sharply for a premium model, the device is an attractive alternative for those looking for a device running stock Android.
HMD has taken care to stay true to the design philosophy of Nokia smartphones from the past with styling cues recalling its Lumia series. As with Nokia smartphones before the ill-fated sale of the smartphone division to Microsoft in 2013, the Nokia 8 also features cameras with Zeiss optics. The main shooter on the rear is a 13 MP dual camera that combines color and monochrome sensors in conjunction with phase detection auto-focus. The rear and front cameras can also take what HMD is calling “bothies” where the shooter is also included in a split photo with the subject.
The Nokia 8 centers on a 5.3-inch IPS LCD polarized display covered in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. Its unibody is machined from a single block of 6000 series aluminum that has been given a polished mirror finish over a 40-stage process. It also incorporates OZO 360-degree spatial audio that works in conjunction with 4K video capture to focus on the main sounds while reducing ambient sounds and background noise. Storage is 64 GB expandable to 256 GB with a microSD card.
The Nokia 8 is priced at €579 in Germany and AUD$899 with more markets to follow except for the U.S. and China.