Nokia 8 gets an early taste of Android Oreo


Great news for Nokia 8 owners. HMD Global has announced the availability of Android 8.0 Oreo for the device in several countries in the Asia Pacific, including Malaysia. The Nokia 8 lives up to its promise of fast OS updates and a bloatware free experience, thanks to its pure Android underpinnings.

Running a pure version of Android has its rewards. It means no laggy skins and unfamiliar user interfaces. It’s the user experience as Google intended Android to be. There’s zero bloatware, meaning there isn’t pre-installed apps that you don’t need.

It also means no hidden processes or tasks that robs performance or battery life.

The great about pure stock Android is that you’ll always be the first to get OS updates, and most importantly critical monthly security updates to keep your device safe. Additionally, Google Play Protect keeps your device and data safe from malicious or misbehaving apps. It scans over 50 billion apps per day.

Android Oreo also brings a fully new designed set of emojis, with over 60 news ones to have fun with.

Unique to Nokia smartphones is Dual-Sight mode that lets you use the front and back cameras simultaneously. With the Nokia 8, HMD introduced the “Bothie,” letting you capture photos and videos from both front and rear cameras at the same time. It also lets you stream in real time via Facebook Live, YouTube Live and SnapChat.

As a quick refresher, the Nokia 8 is the Nokia flagship, marking the brand’s “real” return to the smartphone race. It rocks an impressive 700-nit 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 5, and it is precision milled from a single block of 6000 series aluminium.

Under the hood, it’s as powerful as it comes, packing the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.

Its shooters are 13MP f/2.0 RGB + 13MP f/2.0 mono sensor with PDAF, IR rangefinder and dual-LED flash on the rear. Meanwhile, the front features a capable 13MP f/2.0 wide-angle unit.

It boasts OZO Audio spatial surround sound, and also packs a 3,090mAh battery that charges up rapidly via USB Type-C (Quick Charge 3.0).

Pricing and availability

At MYR2,299, the Nokia 8 is one of the most affordable flagship devices in the market today.

And by the way, it will automatically update with Oreo, and the big update will be available to other Nokia devices soon.

Learn more about the Nokia 8 here.


By Vernon

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