How Nokia 8 ushers together technologies from Star Trek
HMD Global backed Nokia's uprising is a case study of a company once holding a product category firmly within their grasp, only to lose its grip because of the inability to adapt to the changes in that very same category. Star Trek, on the other hand, is an iconic franchise, a phenomenon that has garnered a cult status in the last 50 years. It started as a TV series and over time became the wheel that drove many technological innovations in the world. It too got left behind over the course of time, going on a hiatus that has lasted 12 years. It's 2017 and this year we saw both of them make their way back to the hearts and minds of a generation that had seen them fall prey to their own making.

Nokia brought back the much loved 3310 feature phone in an era dominated by touchscreen smartphones followed by a slew of smartphones in the budget, mid-range and high-end segment- the Nokia 3, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8 respectively. Likewise, Star Trek is back as a TV series after a hiatus of 12 years as Star Trek: Discovery which is set ten years before The Original Series. Interestingly, both Nokia and Star Trek have adapted to the modern norms as Nokia's smartphones now run on stock Android and Star Trek: Discovery is specially created for online streaming on CBS All Access in the US and Netflix in 188 countries.

Now with Nokia and Star Trek back amongst us, evolved but retaining their soul, we couldn't help but draw parallels between both of them and it is likely not a coincidence.

Nokia 8 is the literal manifestation of Star Trek's technologies in a way that brings together science and our desire to explore strung together with a dash of a hope. Nokia 8 is first and foremost a communicator which connects people with their friends and families living in distant places. Its aluminium unibody construction allows for a snug fit in the hand feeling sturdy and durable.

The PADD (Personal Access Display Device) from the Star Trek series is recreated in Nokia 8's 5.3-inch IPS QHD (2560x1440 pixels) display which is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 and a 2.5D glass which ensures durability enabling it to output vivid and crisp visuals.

Like Geordi's Visor, the Nokia 8 is outfitted with a Dual-Sight mode that allows users to use both, the rear and front-facing cameras simultaneously through split-screen creating what the company is calling a "bothie". Its twin 13-megapixel rear camera modules have got the backing of good ol' Carl Zeiss optics which means that users won't miss a single moment when capturing images and videos. The cameras on the Nokia 8 bring your images alive with vivid colour reproductions and sharp detail.

The Nokia 8 comes with the Nokia's proprietary OZO Audio technology that allows a user to take 360-degree audio recording which works in tandem with the 4K video capturing prowess of the cameras making both the visuals and audio an experience to be relished.

The Nokia 8 also has Star Trek's ubiquitous universal translator and video conference modules, courtesy of the phone running stock Android 7.1.1 which gives customers access to Google's premium suite of services such as Google Translate, Google Duo and Meet. It's also got a personal assistant of its own, the Google Assistant will help you explore space and beyond.

The Nokia 8 has the latest Qualcomm processor along with 4GB of RAM so you can be assured that it won't crash at Warp 7. The 3,090 mAh battery onboard the Nokia 8 provides enough juice to take the smartphone on a ride for the whole day.

Star Trek has been at the base of modern consumer technology that we see and use today. It's a study of human nature and the curiosity to explore and evolve. Nokia's doing the same with the Nokia 8, a phone that has eons of history behind it and is something that melds Nokia's rich heritage with the needs of it's fans worldwide.