Nokia 8 2017 Unboxing in Photos : Box Design, Earphones and Accessories Check, First Look

Nokia 8 - HMD Global's high-end Dual Camera Android smartphone for 2017 - has finally become available in the Philippines starting today September 29, 2017.

You can now get this sleek new handset at all HMD Global partner retail stores across the archipelago. (As per your request, I'll be posting a complete list of these outlets nationwide so kindly stay tuned.)

Nokia 8 2017

For the benefit of those who are now planning to purchase this stellar device, I'd like to share these unboxing photos that I took when our friends from HMD Global gave me the chance to play with the smartphone on Thursday, September 28.

I like that Nokia 8's packaging design is different from that of the Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S-Series models. For me, it's a sign that Nokia and HMD Global is somehow trying not to following trends set by the leading companies in the mobile industry.

The square box is rather flat - compared to the thicker rectangular boxes of the Apple iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 - and has this photo of the handset printed on top of it.

At the bottom, there's a list of key features and technical specifications so you know exactly what you're getting.

On this side, HMD Global printed the Nokia 8 name as well as an Android Seal stating that the handset is guaranteed to get the latest firmware upgrades from Google.

This is the complete Nokia 8 retail package in the Philippines.

Let's take a look at the items one by one.

Instead of having a thick user manual, Nokia 8 only comes with this sheet of paper that unravels to give you everything you need to know about the device before turning it on.

We also have the Product and Safety Guide in various languages.

The SIM card tray ejector, interestingly enough, looks just like that of early Nokia Lumia models.

The included earphones has in-ear silicone buds and real metal housing, making the pair look and feel more elegant and durable.

The silicone buds come in three different sizes; Small, Large, and Medium, which is pre-installed on the headset.

Nokia 8 has a USB Type C port and you use this cable for charging the handset and connecting it to the computer for transferring files.

This rather bulky travel charger supports Fast Charging. I wish it was a bit smaller.

Flaunting a unibody aluminum shell, the Nokia 8 sports an ultra-crisp 5.3-inch WQHD 2K IPS display protected by scratch-resistant 2.5D Curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 touchscreen and a 13 MegaPixel camera in front for snapping selfies.

Nokia 8 Philippines, Mark Milan Macanas

At the back, the smartphone has Dual 13 MegaPixel Carl Zeiss optics that take colored and monochrome images, respectively. These two lenses work together to allow this cameraphone to snap photos with better dynamic range in various lighting conditions.

Also, the rear cameras work with the one in front to allow you to snap "Bothie" photos and videos that capture both what's in front of you as well as your reaction to it for better story-telling.

Mark Milan Macanas, Nokia 8 Philippines
The rear camera set-up can also record 4K videos at 30 frames per second.

Under the hood, the Philippine version of Nokia 8 runs its Android 7.1 Nougat operating system right-out-of-the-box with a 64-Bit Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with the beastly Adreno 540 GPU that's complemented by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage that can be expanded via the hybrid secondary nanoSIM slot. The handset is powered by non-removable 3,090 mAh Li-Ion battery pack with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support.

Great for those who love recording videos for fun and work, Nokia 8 comes with the innovative Nokia OZO Audio technology with spatial 3D recording, which is even better than stereo as gives you a better idea of where sound is coming from just from listening to the clip.

Alright! Nokia 8 will be available in the Philippines in two colors, namely, Polished Blue and Steel. No word yet on the availability of the much-talked-about Polished Copper variant but our reliable source from the company said that they'll inform us if and when they decide to bring that one here. As for the official price, HMD Global will disclose it tonight so keep following TechPinas for updates.

Update as of September 29, 2017: The official SRP of Nokia 8 - with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM - in the Philippines is Php 29,990, which is far lower than our initial price guesstimate for the handset. Nokia 8 is now available at all official retail partners of HMD Global nationwide.

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