HMD launched the Nokia 8 in India last year, priced at Rs 35,999. While the phone came with decent specifications, it lacked a few features in the camera department. The biggest drawback here was the missing Pro mode, which HMD had included in Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus. However, the company had mentioned that it will be bringing the Pro mode to the Nokia 8 through a firmware update, and today it is delivering on that promise.
The Pro mode is highly influenced by the camera on the older Lumia smartphones. It brings in a lot of new features along with manual controls to white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. Adjustments made to the settings will also show the difference in real time. The camera is also said to feature the same interface that people associate with Lumia smartphones.
According to GSMArena, the new firmware update is called V4.88B and is about 600MB in size. Besides the Nokia 8, it is also expected to come to other Nokia smartphones that feature Zeiss lenses. By adding intuitive features likes these, it looks like Nokia is getting ready to take back its camera heritage. Older Nokia phones were known for their camera prowess, including the Nokia PureView 808 and Lumia 1020.
Watch: Nokia 8 First Look
On the hardware front, the Nokia 8 comes with dual 13-megapixel sensors at the back that are equipped with phase detection and optical image stabilization. For taking selfies, the Nokia 8 has a 13-megapixel camera at the front, which features an aperture of f/2.0. The phone is also backed by a Snapdragon 835 SoC and a 3090mAh battery underneath the hood.