After spending all that time in the rumor mill, HMD Global finally unveiled Nokia’s flagship to Philippine shores, the Nokia 8.
What constitutes a flagship phone on paper basically checks all the boxes of specifications such as the latest processor with today’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, the standard 4GB of RAM and a base of 64GB of on-board storage. Others include a beautiful design that’s not just another iPhone copycat, the standard 12MP or 13MP camera with Sony sensor or sensors, wonderfully good screen, and just about all the things you will find on any phone dubbed as the ‘flagship’ device of any company.
Enter the Nokia 8.
Everything I just mentioned on what people require from a flagship phone checks all the right boxes plus extra 100 bonus points for the amazingly simple naming convention.
This re-re-comeback of nostalgia has yet to make a proper re-entry into a country that loves/ed the brand to bits and having people trust the name once associated with resilience and durability.
While the case may not be true anymore since materials used on flagship phones are more susceptible to cracking, denting, breaking, and just about any casualty you may throw at any phone, Nokia still wants to be your go-to phone simply because they will provide what you want and need in your daily driver.
HMD Global, the new home of Nokia phones, is looking to position Nokia as the go-to smartphone for Filipinos across the different market segments. “Nokia will continue to leverage quality and innovation to serve the thriving smartphone market,” said Shannon Mead, HMD Global Country Manager, Philippines
The result is a beautifully crafted phone easily held in one hand complete with curved sides for extra grip. The glossy finish will fill the finish with smudges and fingerprints, however.
One of the highlights of all the latest Nokia smartphones sans the ones with tactile typing boards, will be the Vanilla Android OS that dismisses crapware except for the camera app (since stock Android has yet to support dual-camera setups). Speaking of camera, Zeiss makes a comeback in Nokia phones to aid in image taking and overall quality of the photos and videos you take.
The Nokia 8 will be the first generation from HMD that will carry the ‘bothie’ or dual-sight function bu having both cameras activated simultaneously for a different kind of selfie or video complete with their proprietary OZO Audio that captures quite a range of sound from all angles to support technically ‘surround’ sound to supplement your video.
The flagship will run on Android Nougat 7.1.1 with a promise to port to Android Oreo until Android P (Pretzel? Pie?) and comes in single- and dual-SIM variants
“Nokia’s latest innovation reflects its commitment to connect people with technology that breaks new ground while reinforcing old foundations. The Nokia 8 combines premium design and powerful performance to enable smartphone users to create and share experiences in many new ways. We are excited about the positive feedback about Nokia smartphones and look forward to engaging the country’s robust mobile phone market even more in the coming days,” said Mead.
Making smartphone technology more accessible
With its business principle anchored on the belief that every Filipino should have access to the best mobile communication technology, Nokia offers a wide range of smartphones to address the needs of the different market segments. This means a smartphone for every user type, need and pricing considerations.
The Nokia 3, optimized for everyday use, comes in a precision-machine aluminum frame to ensure a strong build unheard of in the affordable smartphone segment. It features a 5-inch Gorilla Glass HD screen and 8MP cameras. LTE 4G connectivity allows fast download and streaming, supported by 16GB of internal storage. A microSD card slot allows up to 128GB capacity.
The Nokia 5, which packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, has 2GB RAM and 16GB storage expandable to 128GB. It features a 13MP camera with dual-tone flash and a 5.2-inch HD screen. A fingerprint sensor provides extra security and convenience.
Another octa-core smartphone, the Nokia 6, has a 5.5-inch full-HD in-cell hybrid display with a wide viewing angle and wide color reproduction for a fully immersive entertainment. This is complemented by dual speakers with Dolby Atmos and a smart amplifier. It has a 16MP main and an 8MP front cameras and 32GB internal storage capacity.
Availability and pricing
Nokia 8 units come in both steel and polished blue while the other Nokia phone models, Nokia 3, 5 and 6, offer a wider range of color selections.
The Nokia 8 lists at P29,990 or $580 USD SRP while the Nokia 6 is available for P11,990 or $230 USD. The Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are priced at P6,990 or $135 USD and P9,990 or $195 USD, respectively.