Earlier this year, HMD Global, the Finnish company that holds the exclusive license to manufacture and market Nokia-branded mobile phones, launched the Nokia 8 in India. The first Nokia-branded Android flagship, Nokia 8 has since been superseded by Nokia 8 Sirocco. Now, even though the 8 has been updated to Android 8.1 Oreo (and is all but confirmed to get Android 9.0 Pie, like all other Android-powered Nokia smartphones launched by HMD Global), it still doesn t have funky features like face unlock. Also Read - Nokia C01 Plus with an upgraded processor and bigger battery launchedAlso Read - HMD Global could soon launch Nokia X50 powered by the unannounced Snapdragon 775 SoC Also Read - Nokia C10, Nokia C20 with 6.5-inch HD+ displays launched: Price, specifications
Frustrated over this, a disgruntled Nokia 8 owner from India lashed out at HMD Global s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas, lamenting the second-class treatment being meted out to the top-tier smartphone.
Responding to the tweet, Sarvikas assured that there are quite a few updates in line for the Nokia 8, and the upcoming Android 9.0 Pie update will enhance the smartphone s camera performance even further. He also mentioned that ARCore (Google s Augmented Reality SDK) support is there, and the company is still evaluating features like facial unlock for all its smartphones.
To recall, Nokia 8 was launched in India in January this year. Powered by Qualcomm s last-year s (but still plenty-powerful) Snapdragon 835 SoC, the flagship smartphone comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 256GB. It has a 5.3-inch Quad-HD IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels resolution and a standard 16:9 aspect ratio.
Watch: Nokia 8 Sirocco First Look
Nokia 8 s USP is its Zeiss-branded dual-camera system, comprised of two 13-megapixel sensors (one RGB and one monochrome). There s also a 13-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calls. The smartphone comes with a Bothie feature, which allows photos and videos to be captured simultaneously from both front and rear camera systems.