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HMD Nokia 8 and ‘bothie’ take aim at Apple & Samsung, Essential finally ships

Nokia, or at least its brand, is hoping to make a return to the battle to define the flagship smartphone, by way of HMD’s new Nokia 8 – a smartphone seemingly built around the ability to take ‘bothies’ (to share both your view and the look on your face). With such novelties, the Nokia licensee is hoping to steal market share ahead of Apple and Samsung’s launches later this year. Also this week, another new contender, the Essential Phone from Android creator Andy Rubin, has finally begun shipping. The hardware and software specs are not leading edge, except when it comes to the cameras. For the Nokia 8, a polished aluminum body encases a 5.3-inch 1440p (2K) LCD (not OLED)…

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