Published On: Thu, Aug 17th, 2017

Android newbie HMD’s Nokia 8 flagship lets we livestream ‘frontbacks’


Rebooting a princely Nokia smartphone code has not been a rush pursuit for HMD Global, a Foxconn-backed association set adult for a purpose of chartering a Nokia name to try to revitalise a brand’s fortunes on smartphones.

But after starting with simple and mid-tier smartphones, it’s finally outted a flagship Android handset, called a Nokia 8, that it will be anticipating can put some dents in Samsung’s high end. And/or lift consumers divided from Huawei’s flagships handsets — or indeed a tie of Chinese OEMs surging adult a smartphone marketplace share ranks.

With a Nokia 8, HMD is putting a flagship concentration on calm creators wanting to livestream video for their amicable feeds.

Competition in a Android OEM space has been extreme for years and there’s no signs of any tardy appearing so HDM faces a high plea to make any kind of hole here. But during slightest it now has an iron in a fire. As researcher CCS Insight notes, a handset will be “hugely critical in removing Nokia-branded smartphones behind on a mobile phone map”.

Specs wise, a Nokia 8 runs a latest chronicle of Android (Nougat 7.1.1) — that HMD is touting as a “pure Android experience”, same to Google’s Pixel handsets. (There’s a not-so-gentle irony there, given Nokia’s story in smartphones. But clearly HMD is going full in on Android.)

On a hardware front, there’s a tip finish Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inner memory (expandable interjection to a MicroSD label slot). While the 5.3 in. ultra HD fortitude arrangement puts it on a verge of phablet domain — and precisely within a stream smartphone shade distance honeyed spot.

Also on board: twin behind cameras, both 13MP (one color, one BW), and a 13MP front confronting lens — all with f/2.0; regulating Zeiss optics; and with support for 4K video.

The flagship camera underline — and unequivocally phone underline too — is a ability to livestream video from both front and behind cameras simultaneously.

HMD is perplexing to silver a hashtaggable word to report this: “bothie” (as against to a selfie)…

This separate shade camera underline can also be used for photos — so they’ve fundamentally reinvented Frontback. Well done.

“Content creators can natively promote their singular #Bothie stories to amicable media by a Dual-Sight functionality located within a camera app. Fans can also suffer unlimited photo [16MB in size] and video uploads to Google Photos,” HMD writes.

This could infer a gummy underline for amicable media lovers — maybe generally a twin video option, that lets people share twin viewpoint video approach to Facebook and YouTube around a camera app.

Or it could infer a flitting fad, like Frontback. Time will tell. CCS Insight describes it as an “interesting approach” though also cautions on either consumers will take to it.

Commenting on a underline in a statement, HMD’s Juho Sarvikas, arch product officer, said: “We know that fans are formulating and pity live calm some-more than ever before, with millions of photos and videos common each notation on amicable media. People are desirous by a calm they devour and are looking for new ways to emanate their own. It’s these people who have desirous us.”

Elsewhere on a device, there’s a spatial approximate sound recording tech that uses 3 microphones and is apparently sketch on Nokia’s Ozo 360 camera division, and USB form C charging port; a 3.5mm headphone jack; and a non-removable 3090 mAh battery.

The handset, that is clad in an aluminium unibody surrounding and has a fingerprint reader on a front for device unlocking and authentication, is described as splashproof rather than waterproof.

Global RRP for a Nokia 8 is €599, with a rollout due to start in September. The handset comes in a choice of 4 colors: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel.

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