Nokia 8 to Cost £499 in the UK and be Shipped on the 13th of September
Many of us at XDA have been awaiting the Nokia 8 for months now, as it is the company’s first Android phone running the latest Snapdragon processor, and can be considered to mark the true “return” of Nokia. The official announcement of the device showed us the specs, and now we’re being shown the price and ship date.
The Nokia 8 is supposed to ship on September 13th, according to the Carphone Warehouse in the UK. It is meant to launch at a cost of £499.99. This is interesting, as the device’s price in Europe was previously announced to be €599, while £499.99 at current market rates is €546. The other currently available UK seller, Clove, has released the same price and same shipping date. We noticed there are more colour options available on Clove however. The Carphone Warehouse has only the Steel and Tempered Blue colours, while Clove sells those and the Polished Blue and Polished Copper colours. There are still no announced dates or prices for a US release however.
For those of you not familiar with the Nokia 8, if you live in the UK you will get all of the following for only £499.99.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- 4GB RAM
- 1440 x 2560 pixel IPS LCD display (554 DPI)
- 64 GB UFS 2.1 storage
- 3090mAh battery
- Steel, Tempered Blue, Polished Blue or Polished Copper
- Dual 13MP camera made in collaboration with ZEISS
- MicroSD card slot supporting SDXC
- Nokia OZO spatial audio
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- IP54 certified (Protected mostly from dust, resistant to splashes of water across the front of the device)
If you are not already interested, the HMD Global made device will run stock Android Nougat 7.1.2 at launch, with “fast updates” promised. Their current devices have been receiving timely security updates, so there is no reason to doubt them just yet. We’ll need to wait and see how long takes them to release Android Oreo.
However, there is still no sign of the 6GB RAM, 128GB storage “Gloss Blue” variant which Nokia also announced. This may either be delayed, coming to other markets or cancelled entirely. Hopefully we see that device soon, as some may be waiting for that instead of buying a device with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. Some may find 64GB of storage small depending on how you use your device.
What’s more, when ordering from the Carphone Warehouse you will also receive a free Nokia Steel smartwatch worth £119. This smartwatch has an 8 month battery life, a movement tracker and a sleep monitor. This watch will also connect to a Nokia Body+ and a Nokia BPM+. The Nokia Body+ is a smart weighing scales, while the Nokia BPM+ is a smart blood pressure monitor. You can share health data between all of your devices through the Nokia suite of products.
The Nokia 8 – Truly the return of Nokia?
The device so far looks absolutely stellar, especially at such a price point. If the price remains at £499.99, then it is in the same price range as the OnePlus 5‘s 128GB models. You also will have the added benefit of the majority of mobile carriers having the device for sale, while in the UK the only shops officially selling OnePlus devices are O2 stores. For those scared of purchasing their device from OnePlus (be it because of the online aspect, customer support and so on) the Nokia 8 may be an enticing prospect.
The specs are simply awesome for this price point, undercutting a lot of the competition if the device holds out to be as good as it looks on paper. We recommend waiting for reviews before making a decision, but so far the device has piqued my interest, and I assume yours too.
Via: NokiamobPurchase from Carphone Warehouse Purchase from Clove