Nokia 8 has been launched in India. HMD Global launched its flagship at an event in New Delhi on Tuesday, confirming the Nokia 8 price in India - something that had already been revealed by an Amazon listing. The smartphone has several highlight features, including its top-end Snapdragon 835 SoC, its dual rear camera setup and 'bothies' camera feature, as well as its premium unibody design crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminium. Apart from the Nokia 8 price in India, HMD Global also revealed the Nokia 8 availability in India. Online, the smartphone is an Amazon-exclusive offering, much like the Nokia 6, but it will also be available via offline stores.
Nokia 8 price in India is Rs. 36,999, which pits it against the OnePlus 5 smartphone. Notably, the OnePlus 5 with 6GB of RAM, 64GB storage is priced at Rs. 32,999, while the 8GB RAM, 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 37,999. On the other hand, the Nokia 8 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The smartphone will be available from October 14 on Amazon India, Croma, Reliance, Sangeetha Mobiles, Poorvika, and BigC, apart from other offline stores.
The Nokia 8 will be launched in Polished Blue Tempered Blue, and Steel colour variants. The Polished Copper variant will go on sale a few weeks later. The company at the launch event said all Nokia 8 models sold in India will be made in India. Nokia 8 launch offers include 100GB of additional Jio data - 10GB extra data a month for up to 10 recharges (Rs. 309 and above) until August 2018. Nokia 8 consumers will also have access to special Nokia Mobile Care Concierge Service in 50 cities across the country. Nokia 8 consumers from these 50 cities can avail of Nokia Mobile Care services from the convenience of their homes.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 8 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box, with an update to Android 8.0 Oreo promised. The smartphone bears a 5.3-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone is IP54 rated, which makes it splash proof. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (4 Kryo cores clocked at 2.5GHz and 4 Kryo cores clocked at 1.8GHz) coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
The dual rear camera setup on the Nokia 8 includes two 13-megaixel sensors - one is an RGB sensor and features optical image stabilisation (OIS), while the other is a monochrome sensor. Both have an aperture of f/2.0, 1.12-micron pixel elements, phase detection autofocus, a 76.9-degree wide-angle lens, phase detection autofocus (PDAF), dual-tone LED flash, and an IR range finder.
On the front, the Nokia 8 bears another 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF, 1.12-micron pixels, an f/2.0 aperture, and an 78.4-degree wide-angle lens. All three cameras come with Carl Zeiss optics. The company is touting the 'bothies' feature with the smartphone, allowing users to take photos or videos using the front and rear cameras simultaneously. The Nokia 8 is also optimised for one-touch live-streaming via Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Also on board is OZO Audio tech for spatial 360-degree audio recording (using 3 microphones), including an Audio Focus mode.
The Nokia 8 comes with 64GB of inbuilt UFS2.1 storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C (v3.1), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. Bearing a 3090mAh non-removable battery, the Nokia 8 measures 151.5x73.7x7.9mm.