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The Nokia 8 flagship revealed, with a “bothie” mode

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HMD Global, the Finnish company that has the licence to make phones bearing the Nokia name has revealed its new, eagerly anticipated Nokia 8. It’s the first Android Flagship phone to have the Nokia branding, which is exciting stuff – but the phone itself is really just par for what you’d expect from a modern flagship.

Aligning with the leaks, the Nokia 8 has a 5.3-inch display (2560 x 1440), and is powered by the same chip that’s in the Samsung Galaxy S8 (at least, the ones that don’t have Samsung’s own Exynos processor), Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It’ll also sport 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. It’ll come with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen, along with a pretty decent-sized 3,090mAh battery and support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

Unlike its competitors though, the screen appears to have a large bezel, skipping on the edge-to-edge, bezel-free stuff we see in phones from LG and Samsung. The whole thing seems a little…uninspired, without features like waterproofing, or wireless charging.


Its big gimmick seems to be in its camera, which sports a dual 13MP dual-camera setup. One camera will do colour, while the other snaps in monochrome, allowing for some amazing post-snap editing. It’ll also have a “bothie” mode, which besides its stupid naming could actually be useful. It engages both front and rear cameras so you’ll be able to share “both sides of the story.” For vloggers, this’ll be great to show what’s happening while keeping their all-important narcissistic faces in shot too.


“Nokia 8 features a 13 MP dual image-fusion rear camera with both colour and monochrome sensors, plus a wide-angle 13 MP phase detection auto-focus front camera. Both front and rear cameras are equipped with ZEISS optics, meaning every snapshot moment becomes a story worth sharing.”

The phone will also feature Nokia OZO spatial 360° audio, which should make it a decent phone for recording audio. It’ll also let you record video in 4K, and allows for microSD storage so you can actually save all of that footage. That same slot can be used as a second sim slot.

Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, said: “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. 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.”

Our friends at Gearburn have confirmed that the device will be available in South Africa in September. We don’t quite know what it’ll cost here, but its European price works out to just under R10 000.


  • 5.3in IPS LCD Display – QHD Resolution, 700nits Brightness, Gorilla Glass 5 (2.5D Glass)
  • 6000 Series Milled Aluminium Body – IP54 Certified, 7.9mm Thickness
  • Carl Zeiss Dual-Camera (Primary, Rear-Facing) – 13MP (Colour & Monochrome), f/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixels, Laser Autofocus, Dual-LED Flash, OIS (Colour Sensor)
  • Secondary/Front Camera – 13MP, f/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixels, Phase Detection Autofocus
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 64GB Onboard Storage
  • MicroSD Card Support
  • Android 7.1 Nougat

Last Updated: August 17, 2017


  1. Magoo

    August 17, 2017 at 11:55

    Well, thanks Sony for keeping the seat warm. My smart-bae is back.


  2. Matthew Holliday

    August 17, 2017 at 11:57

    Always liked Nokias, Aside from my current Samsung, Ive always had Nokias.

    I think this line says it best though: “the phone itself is really just par for what you’d expect from a modern flagship.”
    Its a good start, and Im due for an upgrade in september, features seem nice, curious how it will actually be to own.


    • Magoo

      August 17, 2017 at 12:00

      Guess it’s early to speculate but if the price sits at around R10k/12.5k, it’s due some attention.


  3. Thats_How_I_Troll

    August 17, 2017 at 11:58

    I know monochrome, first time I hear about COOUR, please elaborate /s
    Your proofreader/editor sucks


    • Geoffrey Tim

      August 17, 2017 at 12:16

      It’s been fixed, your majesty.


      • Geoffrey Tim

        August 17, 2017 at 12:25

        Sarcasm aside – and It’s absolutely not an excuse – but I’m a bit swamped this week, writing half the content on the site, doing the proofing and doing all sorts of prep for other things. It’s a rough time. I donlt want to be a defensive asshole, and I know editing and proofing hasnt quite been up to scratch this week – but it’ll get better soon.


        • Thats_How_I_Troll

          August 17, 2017 at 12:29

          Thank you peasant! But anyway, was just trolling, been a while since I visited the site


          • Geoffrey Tim

            August 17, 2017 at 12:30

            Oh no, I realised as much (and your name is a dead giveaway), but I just like to be forthcoming.

          • Thats_How_I_Troll

            August 17, 2017 at 12:35


  4. Kromas Ryder

    August 17, 2017 at 12:41

    I couldn’t be bothied to buy this phone. 😛


  5. Admiral Chief

    August 17, 2017 at 12:51

    I’m happy I jumped back on the Samsung train, choooo choooooooooooo


  6. Andrew Fraser

    August 17, 2017 at 13:03

    Er. Not the first Nokia Android. That would be the Nokia 6, or 5, or 3…


  7. Ghost In The Rift

    August 17, 2017 at 13:29

    Long for diversity in mobile phones like the old days, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Alcatel ( Eww) , Siemens… Now everything looks most of the times the same with little to no differences on the same OS across the board. Get phone fatigue just to go and buy a new phone nowadays.


  8. Kapitan Balalaika

    August 17, 2017 at 13:48

    Away with you heathens God is back.


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