- Analysis by KJ David
A premium-caliber addition to Nokia's 2017 catalog of Android-run smartphones, the Nokia 8 builds an upmarket array of pros and cons around its flagship-caliber video-recording capability. It sports twin 13-megapixel cameras at the back , one for regular full-color shots (with optical image stabilization), and a monochrome deputy camera for picking out fine details and extended depth analysis. It supports 4K (3840 x 2160) video-recording coupled with the Nokia OZO spatial 360-degree audio that adds a high-class layer to its film-making technology. Additionally, it delivers the Dual-Sight Mode , which lets you use its rear and front cameras at the same time, for both photos and videos. It also comes equipped with high-tech ZEISS optics - also sported by its selfie cam.
Adding to its list of first-rate pros is the Nokia 8's facade, coming in the form of a 2K-1440p 5.3-inch polarized IPS screen toughened by a 2.5D-cuved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protective cover . The rest of its external specs are just as ambitious, since it rocks a 6000-series single-block aluminum body with a polished mirror finish . Sitting right above its screen is a 13-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera , which interestingly features its own phase-detection autofocus technology , a relatively-rare facet on a selfie cam as of its release. A display flash function is also in place.
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The machinery that powers its flagship cameras is a fitting Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 dual-cluster octa-core processor running at 2.5GHz + 1.8GHz ably accompanied by a 4GB LPPDR4X RAM . Regrettably, its 3090mAh battery capacity does not rise as high as some of its rivals' monstrous 4000mAh power caps -- some even go as high as 5000mAh! It also settles for only 64GB of storage and an up-to-256GB external memory support (A few other premium Androids boasts 2TB microSD card slots), though it does ome with the Universal Flash Storage (UFS2.1) solution, enabling faster data transfers than typical eMMC memories.
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Among its other pros and cons are a three-microphone setup and fingerprint user authentication . It reaches a 450Mbps maximum data rate with its LTE Cat. 9 adapter clubbed with 3x carrier aggregation. It also comes with IP54-grade splash-proofing , which techies like us always welcome with open arms, while rounding out its features is the Android 7.1.1 Nougat ecosystem.
When compared to some other premium Androids memory- and battery-wise, the Nokia 8 may be a slight turn-off, but it definitely sounds like a worthy companion for the tech-savvy digital videographer.
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