By Shereen Shabnam & Sara Galadari
In a glittering launch event recently, HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones revealed the Nokia 8 at the ballroom of Park Hyatt Dubai.
The Nokia 8 is a high performance, beautifully crafted smartphone, designed with content creators in mind. It brings three world-firsts to Android smartphones, including a debut collaboration with ZEISS optics for enhanced features that make the model a content provider’s delight.
According to Per Ekman, Vice President Middle East & North Africa, HMD Global, the Nokia 8 introduces technologies that go hand in hand with the MENA consumer’s insatiable appetite for content creation and sharing and bring genuine value to this new digital era.
One of the key features that caught the attention of the techies was Nokia 8’s world-first option in enabling Dual-Sight video to be live streamed natively and in real-time to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube.
The Dual-Sight feature simultaneously harnesses both the front and rear cameras in a split screen visual for both photos and videos. With just one touch, this world-first livestream capability gives more immersive experiences for those who love to create and share special memories. After all there are two sides to every story and the Dual-Sight feature of Nokia 8 is designed to help you create and share the full picture.
Nokia 8 is also the first smartphone to feature Nokia OZO Audio, placing exclusive Hollywood technology in the palm of your hand. OZO spatial 360° audio brings a fully immersive audio experience to your 4K video. Leading-edge 360° audio capture ensures the playback lets you truly relive the moment so your memories never fade.
The new Nokia smartphone is both sleek and elegant. It is only 4.6mm thin at the edge and just 7.3mm slim on average. Some models feature a high-gloss mirror finish that has taken over 20 hours to complete to achieve a flawless look.
Featuring OZO Audio, Nokia 8 combines three microphones with exclusive Nokia acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360° spatial surround sound. Share your 4K videos with OZO Audio anywhere – binaural codecs enable high fidelity playback even on devices without OZO Audio. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile Platform so there is no compromise on performance.
The accessories are perfectly tailored to suit the active lifestyle of any Nokia 8 owner. The Nokia Active Wireless Headset is a lightweight, water, sweat, and dust proof premium headset featuring a beautiful diamond cut design. The full portfolio of accessories for Nokia phones includes a range of headsets, portable speakers, in-car chargers, cases and screen protectors.
Nokia 8 will be available in four colours: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel and will be available in the UAE at an average retail price of 1699 AED late September.