Taking a selfie feels like the most natural thing in the world these days, and it's hard to remember what life was like before we didn't have a camera to hand at all times to capture those special and memorable moments.
But the humble selfie could be about to undergo something of a transformation courtesy of the new Nokia 8.
Unveiled this week, this high-performance smartphone offers what parent company HMD Global has billed as a world-first.
The handset enables Dual-Sight video to be live-streamed natively and in real-time to social networks such as YouTube and Facebook.
By simultaneously harnessing both the front and rear cameras to create a split-screen visual for photos and videos, users can create more immersive experiences and share their special memories in remarkable clarity.
“There are two sides to every story and the Dual-Sight feature of Nokia 8 is designed to help you create and share the full picture,” HMD Global said.
“The front and rear-facing cameras on the Nokia 8 have been co-developed with ZEISS optics for an optimum all-round experience.”
“Content creators can natively broadcast their unique #Bothie stories to social media through the Dual-Sight functionality located within the camera app. Fans can also enjoy unlimited photo and video uploads to Google Photos.”
Stunning audio on videos
The Nokia 8 also looks set to make waves among audiophiles by redefining the sound quality that can be achieved on a home video.
This is because it's the first handset to feature Nokia OZO Audio, which uses leading-edge 360-degree audio capture to bring a “fully immersive audio experience to your 4K video”.
As a result, the playback lets you “truly relive the moment so your memories never fade”.
“Nokia 8 combines three microphones with exclusive Nokia acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360 degree spatial surround sound,” HMD Global stated.
“Share your 4K videos with OZO Audio anywhere – binaural codecs enable high fidelity playback even on devices without OZO Audio.”
No compromise on performance
That's the promise from HMD Global, as the Nokia 8 is powered by the Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile platform.
It's also Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0-compatible, so if you find you're nearly out of juice, you won't have to wait an age to charge up your battery.
Another handy feature is a full-length graphite-shielded copper cooling pipe, which dissipates the heat generated by the handset when it's working flat out.
As a result, it can run cooler even when huge demands are being placed on the device.
HMD Global cited this as an example of how the phone has been “designed from the ground up with the consumer in mind”.
Indeed, it said the Nokia 8 has been as “meticulously designed on the inside as it is on the outside”, with design, innovation and engineering teams working together to deliver this handset.
Safe and secure
A high-end smartphone needs to be protected against the latest cyber threats, so HMD Global is going to issue monthly security updates to make sure the handset's kept safe and up-to-date.
The Nokia 8 will also be equipped with biometric fingerprint authentication, which means no sensitive material can fall into the wrong hands if your phone is lost or stolen.
Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, commented: “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.”
The Nokia 8 will be available in the shops from September and will come in four colours: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel.