Nokia 8 specs review: more than meets the eye or just another flagship?

Thes long-awaited Android-powered Nokia flagship phone is finally official and we're here to see what makes it tick. Meet the Nokia 8!

After releasing a trio of more budget-oriented devices earlier on in 2017—the Nokia 3, 5, and 6—as well as the nostalgic, but rather pointless, Nokia 3310, HMD Global is finally ready to return the Nokia name to its former glory, and the company is placing all its bets on the Nokia 8 to achieve this difficult goal. With that said, let's see what (if anything but the legendary name) sets this phone apart from the rest.

Design & display

Right off the bat, the Nokia 8 shuns away from the bezel-less trends of 2017 and instead features a more restrained, more traditional design with ample bezel on the top and bottom of the screen. The Nokia 8 features an aluminum unibody with a high-gloss, mirror-like finish on the back, that takes a 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing to achive, and while it looks mighty fine, as one can expect, it is also very slippery and attracts fingerprints like there's no tomorrow.

Flashy looks aside, the Nokia 8 feels well-built and sturdy when held, but it isn't as well-prepared for some beating as some other current flagships, in that it isn't dust- and water-resistant. It still is splash-proof, with an Ingress Protection rating of 54, but it's a step down from the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, which are IP68-certified.

The Nokia 8 sports a vibrant 5.3-inch IPS display with a QHD resolution (2560 x 1440), that HMD claims is capable of delivering 700 nts of brightness, and it's protected by Gorilla Glass 5 so it should remain relatively unscathed even after repeated encounters with keys, coins, and other everyday pocket items. Nokia was one of the first phonemakers to lay the foundations of what we today know as an always-on display, and the Nokia 8 features it's own take on the concept with a low-energy solution that HMD promises will be very light on the battery.


The Nokia 8 is a flagship phone through and through, when it comes to specs at least, and as such it comes equipped with Qualcomm's latest top-of-the line SoC—the Snapdragon 835—paired with an Adreno 540 GPU and a 3090 mAh battery. There's a base version of the handset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage but there's more of both reserved for the Glossy Blue version of the Nokia 8, which boasts a hearty 6GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. Both take microSD cards of up to 256GB in capacity, which should satisfy even the most storage-hungry of you out there.


As with previous phones carrying the brand name, the Nokia 8 also puts a heavy emphasis on the camera department. It features a dual-camera array on its back, comprised of two 13MP shooters—one is color, the other monochrome—as well as a 13MP front-facing camera with autofocus. As far as software goes, the stock camera app on the Nokia 8 is a fairly standard affair, though Nokia has tossed in a somewhat interesting feature in there (although it seems more like an afterthought), called "bothie mode." As in "both," because it uses both the front- and rear-facing cameras to record video footage or take photos simultaneously. We've seen similar features from other phonemakers in the past, which didn't blow us away, and Nokia's take on this gimmick certainly does not either.

As for how good the Zeiss glass on the Nokia 8 is, we can't say for sure right now, but we are eager to take the phone for an in-depth camera shootout!


Nokia 8 runs a clean version of Android 7.1.1 out of the box, with no additional layers of bloat on top. As with the Nokia 3, 5, and 6, HMD has again opted to make use of Google's "stock" services and apps, instead of developing its own alternatives to bog down the phone with. But aside from looking clean and running smooth, stock Android also means timely updates, and HMD promises that Android O will be hitting their new flagship ASAP after release.

Nokia 8 is also the first mobile device to make use of Nokia' OZO technology, which has only been implemented in the the OZO VR camera up until now. Although we don't know all the details at this point, HMD says that Nokia 8's OZO tech will greatly improve the audio-recording capabilities of the device, bringing 360° audio capture to 4K video recording.

The Nokia 8 will be available in Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel, starting at €599, and is expected to hit store shelves sometime in September.

Related phones

  • Display 5.3 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Dual camera)
    13 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3090 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie



23. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Nokia 3310 is not pointless. It has more point than all the Samesung devices combined.

22. .KRATOS.

Posts: 444; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I hope the Nokia 8 have an FM radio

17. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

What does Nokia 8 and all budget Android phones have in common? IPS display.

19. Trex95

Posts: 2397; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Atleast they didn't bring Amoled with issues.

26. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Nokia could not afford.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don't be ridiculous. Of course they could afford it.

30. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

You are contradicting yourself. They can't ecem afford proper f camera stop and larger microns on the camera. What are you talking about?

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

What are YOU talking about? Post a link as proof to support your claims, or you're just talking BS, like I suspect.

32. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

If one can afford one affords. Read my post again.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

No need. Your post is BS that you can't back up with facts. Got to have facts to back up a claim like that, or you're just blowing smoke.

34. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It's there but I can bring it any close since you behave like incapable dickhead. Now prove me you are not wearing d.i.c.k on your head because every time you try to say something I can hear it moves up and down ? it also stinks your both heads.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! You're triggered. And in other words, you don't have sht in the way of proof. You're just a fckboy talking crap that you can't it back up. So much BS came from your mouth just now you stunk up my tablet screen.

36. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Your heads is trigered dickhead. Let me just push that HMD global c.o.c.k deeper in into your small mouth. How does it feel now b.i.t.c.h? :) Your tablet stinks because you rub up your head the display . Makes sense doesn't it :)

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

ROTFLMAO!!!! I just absolutely love it when an idiot like you makes a comment out of ignorance and can't back it up with facts. It's hilarious watching you get so triggered by what I'm saying with your horrible, can cause cancer English. Do continue to be a triggered idiot that can't back up what he says with links, so you resort to raging on the internet. It amuses me to no end. ;p

38. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Its funny how your avatar name triggers so many meaningfull words. Mindget or meningitis . Tell me how come you are so creative? By the way do you wear a hut?

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!​!!!!! You're so triggered that you brought out your inner pain and frustration now. Do continue to allow my words to trigger you and cause you so much rage. It amuses me to no end. ;p

40. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

You are depleting. Tell me , honestly, do you have to wear hut when you go out or people are fine with your head shape?

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! Your English is so bad that you can't even spell "hat" correctly. Triggered and illiterate is not a good look.

42. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

How many hMD global throat points do you get for sucking c.o.c.k mr Xomsky? One way or another I am going to wear you up.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!​!!! You clearly don't know who you're dealing with here. I'm an energizer kind of guy. But I see getting the last word in is soooooo important to that bucket list of yours, so maybe I'll let you have it, eventually. As for now, keep on being triggered, and I'll keep lmmfao @ you. Oh, and it's wear you *down, not up. You're welcome. Lmao!

44. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I own your energetic mouth bitch! Incoming. Wearing up in progress. You like that word right? :)

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Since you're still raging here and in the other article that I have you triggered in, I have something especially for you (if it seems familiar to you, it's because that's what I destroyed you with in the other article. And just like there, no matter what you say after in response will safe you), and then I'm done embarrassing you: posted on23 min agoin response to #58 59. meanestgenius (Posts: 16701; Member since: 28 May 2014) Lmao! The triggered projection from you is so real. You're such an insignificant, frail, scrawny, pasty little girly-man that you make poorly typed attacks on tech sites in an effort to make up for the manhood that you've never possessed. Now I just feel sorry for you in all of your pathetic and useless glory. I'm going to leave you alone in your own cesspool of misery now, because honestly, there's nothing that you can say to redeem yourself from this comment I just made that has totally destroyed you, and made you into an even more sad excuse for a human being than you already are. See ya! So definitely do not want to be ya! Lmao!

46. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

@ hMDglobaldeepthroat comment 45. Your creativity is depleting. Why copy paste ? I am going to slap your little small mouth on your fat greasy face for being indecisive you bitch!

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you're not smacking anyone. You're just going to talk crap from behind you're keyboard like every other cowardly keyboard warrior. Talk is cheap. And you're not about that life. Stop it.

48. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

@hMDdeepthroatglobal. But you said you ain't coming back bitch? I new that erratic feminene side in you not going to stick to your own words.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

@nebulatakesitinthe@$$daily Lol, nerve touched, deep in your gut, because I addressed your cowardice and pulled card, revealing that you really are a cowardly keyboard warrior. Real men don't need to make threats. They just do. If you were really intent on slapping me, you would have named a time and place, but little btch cowards like you don't do that. I'm pulling your strings and manipulating you like the puppet that you are. I own you, girly-man. I'm stuck in your head, and no matter what you do or say, you'll never be able to come back from this. You'll no doubt follow me around PA now, because I've put your lack of manhood on blast. You're raging now, probably breaking up your parents basement that you still live in at 33 years old, scratching those puss-filled bumps that's all over your frail, pasty-white, skeleton like body, as I lmmfao @ how easy it is for me to manipulate you, and all because I proved that you're an ignorant idiot that couldn't back up what he's claimed. I was going to leave to leave you alone to wallow in your own pathetic misery, but now I'll just pop in out of here, make a comment, and continue to prove how easy it it to trigger your dumb@$$. I'm sure that you'll be waiting by your parent computer, feverishly hitting the F5 key to refresh the site, foaming at the mouth and scratching your lice-ridden, shriveled up genitalia while you await my next comment. You may now respond with your puffed up comment, knowing full well that I'm absolutely correct about you. Don't forget, I OWN you. Now do as I say and respond so I can be further amused.

50. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

@hMDdeepthroatglobal. The fact your eratic t.w.a.t made you come back here again after you swore you won't, indicates to me you suffer. Thats good. We can arrange meeting. You and me? London. Bear nuckle fight ?

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! I live in the states. But I have feeling that you do as well, and you're only saying that you live abroad because you're afraid to actually meet up. Your punkbtch status is confirmed, lol. Btw, you just proved me right, nebulatakesitinthe@$$daily. Do continue to do so and amuse me. I'll check back in to watch your btch@$$ get triggered with rage later. Lmao!

51. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

One more thing can you make your mambo jambo replies a little clearer, it honestly makes very little sense. Maybe you are nervous? :)

53. meanestgenius

Posts: 23079; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, you're just illiterate. No need to lie about it. I'll be back later to watch you get triggered with rage over me. Try not to break the F5 key while you constantly mash it down as you feverishly await my next comment. Now go ahead and respond like the triggered little btch that you are and prove me right. Lmao!

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