Nokia 8, the flagship smartphone from Nokia licensee HMD Global, will go on sale in India at 12:01am IST on Saturday, October 14 via Amazon – at the start of the online marketplace’s Great Indian Festival sale. The smartphone will also be made available to buy via offline retailers across the country on the same day, with stores such as Croma, Reliance, Sangeetha Mobiles, Poorvika, and BigC, among others.
The company at the Nokia 8 India launch late last month had revealed launch offers, including bundled data from Reliance Jio. The smartphone will be made available in Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, and Steel colour variants, with a fourth Polished Copper variant due to be made available a few weeks later.
The Nokia 8 price in India is Rs. 36,999. Nokia 8 launch offers include up to 100GB of additional Jio data – 10GB extra data a month for up to 10 recharges (Rs. 309 and above) until August 31, 2018. HMD Global at the launch last month also revealed that Nokia 8 customers will get Nokia Mobile Care Concierge Service access in over 50 cities across the country, where they can avail of Nokia Mobile Care services from the convenience of their homes.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 8 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box, with an update to Android 8.0 Oreo promised. The smartphone bears a 5.3-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone is IP54 rated, which makes it splash proof.
It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (4 Kryo cores clocked at 2.5GHz and 4 Kryo cores clocked at 1.8GHz) coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
The dual rear camera setup on the Nokia 8 includes two 13-megapixel sensors – one is an RGB sensor and features optical image stabilisation (OIS), while the other is a monochrome sensor. Both have an aperture of f/2.0, 1.12-micron pixel elements, phase detection autofocus, a 76.9-degree wide-angle lens, phase detection autofocus (PDAF), dual-tone LED flash, and an IR range finder.
On the front, the Nokia 8 bears another 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF, 1.12-micron pixels, an f/2.0 aperture, and an 78.4-degree wide-angle lens. All three cameras come with Carl Zeiss optics. The company is touting the ‘bothies’ feature with the smartphone, allowing users to take photos or videos using the front and rear cameras simultaneously.
The Nokia 8 is also optimised for one-touch live-streaming via Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Also on board is OZO Audio tech for spatial 360-degree audio recording (using 3 microphones), including an Audio Focus mode.
The Nokia 8 comes with 64GB of inbuilt UFS2.1 storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C (v3.1), and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. Bearing a 3090mAh non-removable battery, the Nokia 8 measures 151.5×73.7×7.9mm, and weighs 160 grams.