HMD Global, the parent company of Nokia phones, has unveiled the Nokia 8, a high performance smartphone designed with content creators in mind. It's the first "premium" smartphone to be launched by HMD Global. The device introduces a "world first" in enabling Dual-Sight video to be live-streamed natively and in real-time to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube.
Dual-Sight simultaneously harnesses both the front and rear cameras in a split screen visual for both photos and videos to give users a "more immersive experiences for those who love to create and share special memories."
The front and rear-facing cameras on the phone have been co-developed with optics and optoelectronics firm ZEISS, for an "optimum all round experience." Content creators can natively broadcast their unique "bothie" videos to social media through the Dual-Sight functionality located within the camera app. The phone aims to popularize the idea of filming "bothies".
"We know that fans are creating and sharing live content more than ever before, with millions of photos and videos shared every minute on social media," said Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global. "People are inspired by the content they consume and are looking for new ways to create their own. It's these people who have inspired us to craft a flagship smartphone which perfectly balances premium design, an outstanding experience and powerful performance."
Nokia 8 is the first smartphone to feature Nokia OZO Audio. OZO 360° audio brings a fully immersive audio experience to 4K video, HMD Global claims. The device combines three microphones with exclusive Nokia acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360° spatial surround sound.
The device is 4.6mm thin at the edge and just 7.3mm slim on average, made from a single block of 6000 series aluminum. Select models feature a high-gloss mirror finish.
The phone features Qualcomm's SnapdragonTIM 835 Mobile Platform paired with Android Nougat 7.1.1. The device has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory with external MicroSD card slot (supporting up to 256GB). It also has biometric fingerprint authentication.
Nokia 8 will be available in four colors: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel and will be available at a global average retail price of €599 (US$700) with roll out throughout September.