Nokia 8 Review
- Great performance
- Very good display
- Excellent battery life
- Pure Android
- Plentiful 64GB of internal storage
- Not fully waterproof
- Big bezels
- Camera is below average
- Tiny fingerprint sensor
Nokia 8 Review – Share both sides of the story.
The Nokia 8 undergoes a rigorous 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing to ensure its distinctive design pairs flawlessly with the polished aluminium unibody. The ultimate in seamless unibody construction, Nokia 8 is designed to nestle perfectly in the palm of your hand.
A first for mobile phones, the exclusive Dual-Sight mode lets you use both front and back cameras simultaneously for split-screen photos and video.
Nokia 8 features a 13 MP dual image-fusion rear camera with both colour and monochrome sensors, plus a wide-angle 13 MP phase detection auto-focus front camera. Both front and rear cameras are equipped with ZEISS optics, meaning every snapshot moment becomes a story worth sharing.
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|Dimensions||151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 mm (5.96 x 2.90 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||160 g (5.64 oz)|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|- IP54 certified - dust and splash resistant|
|Display||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|5.3 inches (~69.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~554 ppi pixel density)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.5 GHz Kryo & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo)|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|Internal Memory||64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||Dual 13 MP, f/2.0, laser & phase detection autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS|
|1.12µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected], check quality|
|Secondary Camera||13 MP, 2160p|
|- 24-bit/192kHz audio|
|- Nokia OZO audio|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3090mAh battery|
It’s not by a stroke of luck that Nokia 8 is where it is today. It’s hard work, respect of tradition and putting years of knowledge and experience to good use. It’s long-standing partnerships too – like that with Zeiss.
We said in the beginning that Nokia and HMD have a future to build. Let us rephrase. The future is wide open. 9 is another special number in the history of the Finnish brand. The Nokia 8 has given us all the right reasons to look forward to it.
Nokia made its name selling no-nonsense phones that were built to last, and while the ownership of the mobile brand might have changed hands, the Nokia 8 is a smartphone that would have been a worthy addition to the lineup of the Finnish company even in its heyday. It offers good build quality, a great display, excellent performance with stock Android, the promise of regular updates, first-class battery life, and good cameras with some neat tricks. On the flip-side, some might find the design boring, it isn’t fully waterproof like many competitors are, and the low-light camera performance could’ve been better.
Priced at Rs. 36,999, the Nokia 8 goes up against the likes of the OnePlus 5, and overall, we found it to be the better of the two, despite the latter sporting better specifications on paper. If you are on a tighter budget, you could also consider the Honor 8 Pro, which has a similar dual-camera setup and is a solid all-round performer as well.
Expectedly, the overall experience with the Nokia 8 isn’t as polished as it is with some of the more expensive Android smartphones such as the HTC U11 and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note 8 flagships, but it’s safe to say that if a smartphone like this had shipped from the Nokia stable a few years ago, the Finnish company might never have had to step back from the mobile business. As for taking on the likes of Samsung and Apple at their own game, there’s the rumoured Nokia 9 to look forward to.
The Nokia 8 scores with its superbly built aluminum casing and a very bright, 5.3-inch QHD screen. It also earns sympathy points with its high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. This, alongside 4 GB of RAM and the swift Adreno 540 pixel accelerator, always ensures a fast operating speed. Then there is the long battery life, fast recharging via Quick Charge 3.0 and even a real unique selling point with the “Bothie”: The 13 MP camera in the Nokia 8 can simultaneously shoot photos and record videos with its webcam and primary camera in a kind of split-screen mode and creates a quasi double-selfie. This also functions in the 4K resolution in videos and is accompanied by a great Ozo 360 ° surround sound thanks to three microphones.
When disregarding the cameras’ innovative special mode that will likely appeal to creative users, the Nokia 8 is still a very good smartphone. However, minor discrepancies prevent it from reaching a higher rank. For example, an IP67 protection rating that protects the handset from ingress of water and dust can be expected from a premium-range device. We would have also wished that the fast LTE module would support more frequencies. The one or other missing frequency band prevents the Nokia 8 from being a real globetrotter. The Wi-Fi transmission speed is not very exhilarating compared with the premium-range competition, either.
In addition to the single-SIM variant that we tested, Nokia also offers the 8 in a version with a dual-SIM slot. Furthermore, a model with 128 GB of storage is to be launched soon. However, information concerning this could not be found on Nokia’s German-language website at test time.
To your average phone reviewer, the Nokia 8 is in many ways a boring phone. It does not have any flashy features, and its bothie camera mode is a gimmick. It lacks personality, it’s just another Android phone. But to most people looking to upgrade from an older phone, the Nokia 8 is much more than that: it’s a great value offer when you compare it with other flagships, and you can buy two Nokia 8 phones for the price of one Galaxy Note 8. And the Nokia 8 excels in daily use with smooth performance throughout.
At the end of the day, the Nokia 8 does not even seem like a “true” 2017 flagship, despite that Snapdragon 835 inside: the screen looks dull and with needlessly big bezels, the camera is slow and quality is not on par with the best, the fingerprint is less accurate than on most other expensive phones, there is no water-proofing and the experience is bland.
If you don’t mistake it for “the next big thing” and just accept it as it is – a great value Android phone – the Nokia 8 is a safe choice that will do what a phone does well. But it’s hard to recommend it with so many other excellent phones to choose from.
The Nokia 8 isn’t the best phone on the market right now, but it offers a lot of the features you expect from a great device in a well designed package with a retro name.
You’re paying a lot for the Nokia brand here considering it’s a bit more expensive than alternatives such as the Honor 9 and OnePlus 5, but if you’re okay with that this is worth the money you’re paying.
There’s a good camera setup, some fun features such as the #Bothie mode and the phone is well designed with a gorgeous QHD display on the front of the handset.
It’s good to have Nokia back in the smartphone game, even if it’s had to forge new hardware partnerships to do so. The Nokia 8 is a decent, safe first attempt at a flagship Android phone, and it ticks all the appropriate boxes.
You have the fastest chip on the market, a solid all-metal design, a super-sharp 5.3-inch display, and a version of Android that hasn’t been overworked or unnecessarily tinkered with. Meanwhile, the camera is capable of capturing decent shots in the right conditions.
However, there’s nothing that really stands out about the Nokia 8. Its solid design could also be described as generic, while its display lacks the edge-to-edge quality and OLED technology that the most exciting high-end phones offer right now. The camera is a little hit and miss too, with focusing and exposure issues leading to occasionally underwhelming shots.
That’s a lot easier to forgive when you consider that the Nokia 8 costs £500, which is a fair bit cheaper than the very best phones on the market. But even so, the OnePlus 5 does most things as well or better for £50 less.
If you really don’t want to stretch to the Galaxy S8, rest assured that the Nokia 8 is still a decent all-round phone that’ll easily chew through your everyday needs. But it won’t be the phone that’ll excite you when you pick it up, and that’s a shame for the once-cell phone king, a brand that’s been trying its damnedest to stand out.
Overall, I enjoyed using the Nokia 8 and it is an interesting first flagship for the return of the Finnish brand. Admittedly, the design does not have the wow factor, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8 with its infinity screen, however, I can see the appeal of this phone and know that many people would be happy with it. My favorite element has to be the Bothie video feature, as well as the battery life and the quick updates.
However, the Nokia 8 is a smartphone leaves a lot to be desired. In addition to the lack of IP68 certification, its biggest drawbacks are the quality of the camera which is clearly not at the level of its competitors, and small software bugs interrupt the overall experience. Updates may solve this problem easily, however its more challenging to improve the quality of the photos. It’s price is not necessarily the most attractive, either, especially when you consider the alternatives on the market.