HMD Global Officially Launches Nokia 8 Android Flagship in the Philippines

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After its formal announcement to the public last month in London, the Nokia 8 smartphone finally made its way to our country with its official launch last night. Yes, the long wait is over – the first ever high-end Android flagship device bearing the iconic Nokia brand will be on sale starting September 29, 2018 in the local smartphone market just in time for the upcoming holiday season. Wondering how much will it cost? Please read the press release below for the full details.


MANILA, Philippines (September 29, 2017) – Ending weeks of anticipation, HMD Global unveils Nokia’s new flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8, today at the Intramuros Ballroom, Manila House, Taguig.

Nokia 8’s entry into the Philippine market reflects Nokia’s vision of growing its smartphone business in the country, the fastest-growing smartphone market in the ASEAN. The Philippine launch comes on the heels of a successful global launch that demonstrates continued support for the brand.

“The Philippines has always been a strong market for Nokia. Filipinos, particularly those in the provinces, have a strong affinity for Nokia phones, which have always delivered on quality, reliability, and innovation. We want to continue broadening and deepening our reach here, especially in untapped provinces that need high-quality mobile communication technologies,” said Shannon Mead, HMD Global Country Manager, Philippines.

HMD Global, the new home of Nokia phones, is looking to position Nokia as the go-to smartphone for Filipinos across the different market segments.

“Nokia will continue to leverage quality and innovation to serve the thriving smartphone market,” Mead shared.

Nokia 8 Forerunner Android Smartphone

The Nokia 8 brings mobile communication technology to a new level and marks three world firsts for Android smartphones.

The phone features the first-ever Dual-Sight camera, allowing users to capture or livestream moments in both first- and second-person perspective. The 13MP front and rear cameras, co-developed with ZEISS, can run simultaneously and show images in split screen mode, inspiring everyone to “Be less Selfie, be more Bothie”.

“This marks the coming of Nokia on Android, which is clearly the dominant OS with its 94 percent share of the global market. Nokia phones are future-proof to support new Android OS versions, making it even easier for users to optimize the phone’s features and functions,” Mead said.

The Nokia 8 pioneers the use of OZO audio to deliver immersive 360-degree spatial surround sound. The high-fidelity playback complements 4K videos and brings Hollywood technology to mobile technology.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered phone features a seamless unibody with a full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe for better heat dissipation, especially when running demanding applications. It runs on Android Nougat 7.1.1 and comes in single- and dual-SIM variants.

“Nokia’s latest innovation reflects its commitment to connect people with technology that breaks new ground while reinforcing old foundations. The Nokia 8 combines premium design and powerful performance to enable smartphone users to create and share experiences in many new ways. We are excited about the positive feedback about Nokia smartphones and look forward to engaging the country’s robust mobile phone market even more in the coming days,” said Mead.

Making Smartphone Technology More Accessible

With its business principle anchored on the belief that every Filipino should have access to the best mobile communication technology, Nokia offers a wide range of smartphones to address the needs of the different market segments. This means a smartphone for every user type, need, and pricing considerations.

The Nokia 3, optimized for everyday use, comes in a precision-machine aluminum frame to ensure a strong build unheard of in the affordable smartphone segment. It features a 5-inch Gorilla Glass HD screen and 8MP cameras. LTE 4G connectivity allows fast download and streaming, supported by 16GB of internal storage. A microSD card slow allows up to 128GB capacity.

The Nokia 5, which packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, has 2GB RAM and 16Gb storage expandable to 128GB. It features a 13MP camera with dual-tone flash and a 5.2-inch HD screen. A fingerprint sensor provides extra security and convenience.

Another octa-core smartphone, the Nokia 6 has a 5.5-inch full-HD in-cell hybrid display with a wide viewing angle and wide color reproduction for a fully immersive entertainment. This is complemented by dual speakers with Dolby Atmos and a smart amplifier. It has a 16MP main and 8MP front cameras and 32GB internal storage capacity.

Availability and Pricing

Nokia 8 units come in both steel and polished blue while the other Nokia phone models, Nokia 3, 5, and 6, offer a wider range of color selections.

The Nokia 8 lists at PHP29,990 SRP while the Nokia 6 is available for PHP11,990. The Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are priced at PHP6,990 and PHP9,990 respectively.

OUR THOUGHTS

The long wait for the first Nokia-branded Android flagship device is surely worth it. Combining amazing new features such as Dual-Sight or “Bothie” camera with Zeiss optics and Nokia OZO 360-degree audio technology, great internal and external hardware including higher RAM and storage capacity, a faster processor, support for dual-SIM functionality, and the amazing quality, beauty, and durability from the Nokia legacy, HMD Global created a magnificent and powerful smartphone that will surely surpass its competitors in the local mobile phone market.

What are your thoughts about the Nokia 8? Share it with us through the comment section!

FULL SPECIFICIATIONS

CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform, Octa core, (4* 2.5GHz Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU + 4* 1.8GHz Kryo)
Dimensions 151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm
Weight 160g
Colors Steel and Polished Blue
Display 5.3” IPS QHD 2K polarized display, protected by sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
Audio Nokia OZO speakers, 3.5mm jack
Storage 64GB and 128GB variants, with support for microSD cards up to 256GB
SIM card Single and Dual-SIM variants
RAM 4GB and 6GB variants
4G Network LTE FDD 800/1800/2100/2600MHz
Data GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+, LTE
Bluetooth Version 5.0
Rear Camera 13 MP (Colour + OIS) + 13 MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, 76.9˚, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash
Front Camera 13 MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0,  78.4˚, display flash
Operating System Android™ 7.1.1 Nougat upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Battery 3090mAh2, non-removable

 

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