The year 2017 has been special for HMD Global as it successfully managed to revive the iconic ‘Nokia’ brand. Besides relaunching the nostalgic Nokia 3310 in a completely new avatar, the company also launched a bunch of Android smartphones at different price points. The latest is the Nokia 8, which is HMD Global’s current flagship smartphone featuring top-of-the-line hardware, a dual-camera setup at the back, new design and more.
The Nokia 8 is competitively priced at Rs 36,999 and is available to purchase online exclusively via Amazon India, and from offline retail outlets. The company’s flagship smartphone competes with the likes of OnePlus 5, Honor 8 Pro and LG G6 to name a few. I spent a while with the Nokia 8 to see what HMD Global has to offer, and here’s our first look at the phone.
Talking about design and build, edge-to-edge displays are quickly becoming the hottest trend of 2017 smartphones. Forget the high-end smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, or the Apple iPhone X, even budget smartphones like Micromax Canvas Infinity and LG Q6 that are priced under Rs 15,000 feature edge-to-edge displays. Sadly, the same is not the case with the Nokia 8.
The earpiece and front camera are placed just above the display, whereas the Android navigation buttons are below the display. Here, the home button is of a capsule shape and also comes embedded with a fingerprint sensor, which works well in unlocking the smartphone quickly. The power / sleep button and the volume rocker are placed on the right, whereas the hybrid dual-SIM card slot is placed on the left. The 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top, whereas the USB Type-C port is at the bottom. Watch on for more details!