HMD Global, the company behind the Nokia smartphone brand, has launched its long-anticipated Nokia 8 flagship. With a 5.3" QHD IPS display covered in 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB storage options the Android device comes with high-end specification all-around and has a lot to offer in the camera department as well.

HMD says the rear cameras has been developed in collaboration with Zeiss but has not revealed any further detail. The unit features a 13MP RGB sensor with 1.12µm pixels, F2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization with a secondary 13MP monochrome sensor. As usual with this kind of system, image data from both sensor is combined for more detail, lower noise levels and better dynamic range. However, there is no word of a background-blurring portrait mode like the ones you find on most dual-cam equipped devices.

There is also a dual-tone LED-flash, a 4K video mode, and a front-facing camera with a 13MP sensor and F2.0 aperture.

An interesting camera feature built into the Nokia 8 is the so-called "Bothie" mode, which allows you to take pictures or record video with front and rear cameras at the same time. We've seen this function before on LG and Samsung phones, but Nokia adds the ability to live-stream to Facebook or YouTube in this mode.

All the Nokia 8's components are wrapped up in an IP54 rated aluminum uni-body that will be available in Gloss Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, and Polished Copper. In Europe the Nokia 8 will cost you €600 (approximately $700). No information on availability in the US has been released yet.

Key specifications:

  • Dual-cam with 13MP RGB/Mono sensors, 1.12 um pixel size
  • OIS in the main module
  • F2.0 aperture
  • PDAF + laser AF
  • 13MP / F2.0 front camera with display-flash function
  • Dual-tone flash
  • 5.3” IPS LCD QHD 2,560 x 1,440 display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 4GB RAM, 64/128GB storage
  • microSD support up to 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • 3090 mAh battery with Qualcomm quick charge
  • Splashproof body with IP54 rating