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Is the Nokia 8 a worthy flagship phone? (The 3:59, Ep. 269)

Nokia is back with a sexy handset. Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is now available for preorders. And a total eclipse is on the way!

Ben Fox Rubin Former senior reporter
Ben Fox Rubin was a senior reporter for CNET News in Manhattan, reporting on Amazon, e-commerce and mobile payments. He previously worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and got his start at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Roger Cheng Former Executive Editor / Head of News
Roger Cheng (he/him/his) was the executive editor in charge of CNET News, managing everything from daily breaking news to in-depth investigative packages. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade and got his start writing and laying out pages at a local paper in Southern California. He's a devoted Trojan alum and thinks sleep is the perfect -- if unattainable -- hobby for a parent.
Expertise Mobile | 5G | Big Tech | Social Media Credentials
  • SABEW Best in Business 2011 Award for Breaking News Coverage, Eddie Award in 2020 for 5G coverage, runner-up National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for culture analysis.
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A new Nokia flagship phone has arrived, marking yet another turnaround attempt for the brand. The gadget is sleek; it's got three 13-megapixel cameras; and it's ready to take split-screen videos. But is that enough for the Nokia 8 to break through in the tough phone market?

We also talk about the new Essential Phone, another smaller player trying to make it in the phone world. After a delayed launch, the device is now available for preorder

Plus: CNET put together some useful tips on watching this Monday's solar eclipse

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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