Nokia 8 – Review
HMD announced in early 2017 that they would be unveiling a new range of phones using Nokia branding, with the biggest attention grabbing phone being the re-release of the Nokia 3310. They also revealed the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 – all of which were mid-range devices with the latter being the more mid to high-range example. They then announced the flagship of the Nokia brand, the Nokia 8 – and this is announcement many were waiting for.
The Nokia 8 has already launched, and is available for £499.99 in both the UK and Australia but will not be available to the US market. With this pricing, it will compete heavily with the OnePlus 5T but is cheaper than flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7/8.
To begin with, it has a dual-sensor rear camera which has been made the main focal point of Nokia’s new flagship handset. It uses a RGB sensor and a monochrome one, which combine to produce brilliant low-light images. The camera has been made in partnership with Zeiss, however no details of their input into the actual camera have been made public thus far. You’ll find a wide range of features here, which have been implemented to push this phone to compete with the best of the best in terms of photo producing flagship phones. One of these features is the new “Bothie” mode, which uses both front and back cameras (both 13MP) simultaneously so you can see what is in front and behind the phone.
Now, the design of the Nokia 8 is possibly the best feature – it is brilliant to say the least. Many go as far to say it may be the best designed Nokia phone ever produced, with its aluminium unibody with metal edges. The back is metal too, but the feel of the back will be different depending on which finish you choose. It has curved edges along with a very thin body which make it extremely comfortable to handle.
The Nokia 8 has a 5.3-inch LCD panel, which is QHD resolution which scores 700 nits of brightness that is much higher than you’ll find on any rival devices. This means you’ll be able to view the screen easily even in direct sunlight. It also packs 554ppi, a very high number but obviously won’t compete with the top tier flagships like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium which has a 4k display. It does only come with a IP54 rating, which means the phone is splash proof to an extent, but won’t be happy with a drop in the puddle unfortunately.
The Nokia 8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset which has proven a huge success so far in many other flagship phones including the HTC U11. This is coupled with 4GB of RAM, which is plenty enough to ensure every task can be fulfilled smoothly and you’ll rarely – if ever – have problems with the speed this phone can run. There is one storage option of 64GB, but if this isn’t enough then you can expand up to 256GB via microSD. The phone was launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but Android Oreo is ready to be installed on them now, and with no Nokia specific overlay. This means the Android OS will appear as Google intended.
This phone has been made for those who love Nokia, it has a brilliant look to it and a gorgeous QHD display. The high price tag does beg a few questions, but it is well worth the money if you look past the likes of the Honor 9 and OnePlus 5. It has plenty of competitors, but it holds its own against them as it offers many features you’ll find on the other flagship devices.