8 things you need to know about the Nokia 8

There's a lot more than a Zeiss logo to get excited about

The 'new' Nokia's first flagship phone is official, and it's a bit of a doozy. 

With hardware specs that leave the cheaper Nokia 3 and Nokia 6 in the dust, a much slicker design, and the return of the familiar partnership with Zeiss optics for the camera (or should that be cameras?), the Nokia 8 looks every bit the high-end hero Nokia needs.

But there's more to it than a spec sheet. Here's everything you need to know about the Nokia 8. 


Because one Zeiss lens just isn't enough, the Nokia 8 is packing three: two on the back and one on the front. That dual-cam setup around back uses two 13MP sensors, one colour and the other monochrome, with f/2.0 apertures that work together to add some extra oomph to your smartphone snaps.

Only the main colour sensor has optical image stabilisation, so it might be better suited to low-light snaps, but there's nothing stopping you from using the mono sensor by itself for some moody black and white photos. They use phase-detect AF and an IR range finder, so should feel pretty quick to use, and there's a dual-LED flash for when the lights get low.

Up front, you get another 13MP colour sensor, which is good for high quality selfies - or what Nokia wants to call #Bothies (shudder). Basically the camera app lets you put front and back cameras side-by-side, for either still shots or for video recording, and you can even live stream straight to Facebook or YouTube. It's a neat idea, but it'll be a cold, cold day in hell before we here at Stuff start using the word #bothie in everyday conversation.


It might sound like some kind of killer Greek aperitif that's all but guaranteed to give you a hangover, but Ozo is actually Nokia's seriously high-end 3D audio recording tech - and now it's coming to smartphones for the first time.

The Nokia 8 is packing multiple microphones, which let it record spacial audio. Instead of simple stereo, you get actual depth and spacial awareness, which should give your home movies the edge over other cameraphone footage. It's also ideal for VR - which is probably why the tech has mostly been used with the OZO+ 360-degree camera, which costs a whopping £60,000 (about S$105,000).

Now we're not saying the mics built into your phone are going to be as good, but if Nokia has managed to dilute the science down and make it work on a smaller scale, then your camera clips could sound a whole lot better very soon. Oh, and it'll do all that when you're shooting 4K clips, too.


Each Nokia 8 handset is drilled out of a single block of aluminium, but it's the super-shiny polished versions we're most excited about - especially the gorgeous copper colour. Copper's the in thing this season, dont'cha know?

Apparently it takes 20 hours to buff and polish each phone enough to get that near-mirror finish, and while it might make it a bit of a fingerprint magnet, a special coating should mean you spend more time actually using the thing, rather than cleaning it.

There's a similar treatment on that 5.3in, 2560x1440 resolution LCD screen up front, so hopefully it should all stay sparkly once you've actually taken it out of the box.