The Nokia 8 Zeiss-branded cameras let you capture bothies and not selfies – here’s what this means

Nokia 8

The second half of the year 2017 is turning out to be even better than the first half, which saw the likes of HTC U Ultra, LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC U11, Xiaomi Mi 6 and OnePlus 5 come to life.

While the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 alongside the LG V30 might have captured all the attention, HMD Global is quietly taking all the accolades from those with a keen eye on developments in the smartphone industry. The company unveiled the Nokia 8 about two weeks ago and the phone will begin selling this new month of September.

Being a flagship phone – or precisely a flagship killer – the Nokia 8 comes with all the latest hardware specs and features you see on other flagship phones. Be it a premium design, the likes of Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage and even a dual-lens camera setup to match the Galaxy Note 8, Xiaomi Mi 6 and OnePlus 5, among others.

Speaking of cameras, the Nokia 8 has one feature you probably haven’t heard of before. HMD Global calls this feature Dual Sight. According to the company, Dual Sight is a camera feature that allows users of the Nokia 8 to shoot photos and videos using both the front and rear cameras at the same time. You’ll then end up with a split-screen view featuring shots from both cameras – side by side – and looking like below.

Nokia 8

HMD says that images or videos captured using this camera mode are not selfies, rather, they are known as bothies. The most basic explanation for this name would be that ‘both’ cameras can capture a selfie. Or maybe let’s just leave it at that and agree that this is a nifty feature to have on a phone, right?

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When capturing these bothies, you’ll also notice a “Live” icon appearing in the top corner of the window. HMD says that you can also hit this icon and start live streaming these bothies to Facebook or YouTube using the camera app of the Nokia 8, which makes the phone stand out.

This feature might be met with mixed reactions, but you’ll agree that it can be enjoyable when trying to capture a moment with the back camera alongside your facial reaction to the moment in question using the selfie shooter. Since it’s also new, we are hopeful that Nokia will add more features to the functionality in future and make it much better.

Infinix S2 Pro came in with a wefie, where the front camera has a wide-angle lens for superior group selfies, but the Nokia 8’s bothie takes this to the next level, especially with the live streaming feature. Still, it remains to be seen whether this feature will spur the sales of the phone across the globe.

Meanwhile, do you think the bothie (Dual Sight) feature will convince you to buy the Nokia 8 when it hits local shelves? Let us know in your comments below.

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