New Nokia 8 touts simultaneous front and back video capture

Gelo Gonzales
New Nokia 8 touts simultaneous front and back video capture
The flagship phone's 'Dual-Sight' mode may prove useful to Facebook Live users

MANILA, Philippines – HMD Global unveiled its first Nokia flagship, the Nokia 8, on Thursday, August 17, Manila time.  

The 8 has the numbers fitting for a 2017 flagship:

  • Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chip
  • A 5.3-inch quad HD display (2,560 x 1,440 pixels)
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1, currently the latest version of the OS
  • 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (expandable to 256GB via microSD)

It’s priced at 599 euros (P36,208.35) and will start to come out in September, but specific details on Philippine availability as well as pricing have yet to be announced. 

While the specs are on par with what consumers expect out of a 2017 flagship, one feature allows it to stand out: its “Dual-Sight” mode, which allows a user to capture videos using the front and back cameras simultaneously.

The mode produces a split-screen video, where a user will be able to show two scenes at the same time: what’s happening out front, and the user’s face on the other. By concept, the feature removes the need for a user to switch between the front and back cameras when trying to capture their surroundings, say, at a concert, at a vacation, or whatnot. 

FRONT VIEW. The Nokia 8 has a 5.3-inch quad HD display and combination of capacitive buttons and a home button in the middle.

Dual-sight also works with Facebook’s streaming feature, Facebook Live, in which users regularly switch between the front and rear cameras to tell their stories. With dual-sight, users now have the option to forgo switching between cameras. 

Regarding the phone’s strong focus on live content, HMD chief product officer Juho Sarvikas, in a press statement, 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,” he finished.

Additionally, Facebook Live and YouTube Live are integrated with the phone’s camera app. Instead of using the Facebook and YouTube apps, users can tap either the Facebook or YouTube icon in the camera’s menu to live stream.

The Nokia 8 has a 13MP dual-camera system with two sensors, color and monochrome, on the rear. Up front, it has a wide-angle, auto-focusing 13MP shooter. Both front and rear cameras use Zeiss lenses, a continuation of Nokia’s long-standing partnership with the respected German optics maker.

The 8 also has 4K video recording, and features an “Audio Focus” mode powered by a spatial 360-degree audio technology called OZO. The mode lets users focus on a specific audio range, and tune out ambient and background sounds when recording. –

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Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.