After being launched Globally, the Nokia 8 was recently launched in India as the flagship device from HMD Global led Nokia. The Nokia 8 is a flagship smartphone with stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the Bootloader on the smartphone is locked and will probably remain that way.
Sorry, we wont unlock it due to security however we will share our kernel modifications back to the open source community, wip
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) September 20, 2017
In reply to a tweet asking for bootloader unlocking, Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global stated that Nokia is not issuing official methods to unlock the bootloader for ‘security’ reasons. The bootloader unlocking is a necessary step if you want to root your phone and have SuperUser access to your Android device. However, the company will be sharing kernel modifications with the open source community.
Why is Bootloader Unlocking done?
Well, to start with, you need bootloader unlocking to root your Android smartphone. By rooting, you get access to more customization options and tweaks that are hidden from the casual users. Usually, there are official methods and options for bootloader unlocking but Nokia 8 seems to be missing those.
After bootloader unlocking, you can apply system-wide themes by rooting, install custom fonts, use apps like Substratum, Greenify, and even add custom recovery like TWRP. While there are certainly other methods of rooting the Nokia 8, Bootloader unlocking is always much appreciated.
About the Nokia 8
To recall, the Nokia 8 sports a metal unibody design with a 5.3 inch IPS LCD display with quad HD resolution. It comes with an Always-On display and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. The optics on Nokia 8 are handled by Carl Zeiss Optics with dual 13MP (RGB+Monochrome) rear cameras at the back, and a 13MP front-facing camera.
In terms of hardware, the Nokia 8 comes with a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, coupled with an Adreno 540 GPU. This combination is complemented by 4GB RAM and 64GB UFS2.1 storage which is further expandable up to 256GB via microSD card.
On the software front, the Nokia 8 runs stock on Android 7.1.1 out-of-the-box and the Android 8.0 Oreo update is already under testing for the smartphone. Backed by a 3,090 mAh battery, the Nokia 8 comes with dual SIM 4G VoLTE connectivity. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth, WiFi, 3.5mm earphone jack, USB Type-C, and NFC.
The Nokia 8 will be available at Rs. 36,999 across the country starting from October 14 and will be available online at Amazon India. It will come in Blue, Steel and Polished Copper colour options.