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The Nokia 8. (Nokia)

Jeddah – After an absence from the smartphone market, Nokia unveiled its new Nokia 8 that includes a unique feature that allows users to capture photos and videos by using the front and back camera simultaneously.

Dubbing it the “bothie”, the Finnish HMD company is seeking to take the “selfie” to the next level.

Asharq Al-Awsat got its hands on the new Nokia model before its release in the Arab market.


In order to take a “bothie”, the user can take photos of what is taking place around him, while also capturing his own reaction. This feature can be activated with one touch and can also be used to record videos. For Facebook and YouTube streams, the user would be able to record his own video, while filming the reaction of the viewers.

While Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola had beaten Nokia to taking photos using the front and back cameras, the Nokia 8 is the first smartphone to offer this feature over social media. Using Zeiss optics, the phone boasts dual 13 megapixel back cameras and one 18 megapixel front camera and is able to record videos at 1080p@30fps.

Advanced features

The Nokia 8 relies on OZO audio that features three microphones and a surround-sound algorithm that allows it to record sound from all sides at high quality. This was demonstrated during a test conducted by Asharq Al-Awsat by using headphones and without them. The technology proved its effectiveness at loud events and could be useful to record vacation memories with family and friends.

The phone also boasts a unique cooling system to prevent overheating during heavy use. It relies on the Quick Charging 3.0 technology that can charge up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.

Operating on the Android 7.1 (nougat), the Nokia 8 will appeal to photography lovers and HMD is preparing to introduce the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system to its phones before the end of the year. The update will include the Nokia 3, 5, 6 and 8.

Technical features

Featuring an aluminum body, the Nokia 8 is the first android smartphone to use the Carl Zeiss lens in all of its cameras. Its 5.3 inch screen can display images at 1440×2560 pixels at 554 pixels per inch. It operates on the Snapdragon 835 and enjoys 4 GB RAM and an internal memory of 64 GB that can be expanded to 256 by adding an external memory card.

The Nokia 8 will be available in the Arab market on September 24. It comes in four colors: Tempered Blue, Polished Blue, Steel and Polished Copper. It will sell for 1,699 Saudi riyals (around USD 453)