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

Nokia 8 colors - Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel

Nokia 8 colors - Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel


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.

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

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.

Hardware


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

Camera


The live broadcast feature on the Nokia 8

The live broadcast feature on the Nokia 8


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

Software


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

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  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3090 mAh

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54 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I don't think this phone will sell very well, the android flagship competition nowadays is very tough and this phone brings nothing exciting to the table. I am sad tbh, I expected more. It is priced ~100$ below current flagships so maybe it will attract some fans and non fans.... depends on the marketing. editing again: sorry fans, maybe I should wait for a proper review before I bitch.

21. Beijendorf unregistered

It may not look ground-breaking, but if it turns out the cameras and sound-recording are far better than the competition (like the old Nokias were), then that's a massive selling-point right there. This is hopefully just a higher-end model, and not the flagship from Nokia.

2. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...it's just another android device. "...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..." Wait till apple launches this feature and you'll be jumping with joy :/

3. notfair

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

apple will implement it the correct way.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

What makes you think Nokia hasn't?

6. notfair

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I was being sarcastic.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Couldn't tell.

24. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

He's not going to allow you to have the last word.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Mxyflashmxy2starkmite is going to dckride you because of this "confrontation" that we had.

10. srgonu

Posts: 509; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

wait another 5 years for that to happen. If apple attempts anything early it results in firing its head of the division.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think the Nokia 8 will sell very well outside of the U.S., and reasonably well inside of the U.S. Nokia handsets have always done much better outside of the U.S., harkening back to their Symbian days when Nokia was king of the smartphone world. The price point, sturdy design, camera features like #bothie, and Ozo sound on top of stock Android are all pluses, and will help sell this smartphone. The Nokia name on it is a plus to the legions of Nokia fans around the world, as well. Can't wait to get mine!

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I miss my old e71, that was a bad ass phone dude.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

E71 was an incredible smartphone. I loved the Nokia N and E Series of old.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sirrrr

25. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You've never had an e71.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

You've never owned a smartphone in your life.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very nice looking, and I love the blue. I would've preferred a tad less bezel, but it doesn't diminish the looks at all. Flagship, with flagship specs, is always a good thing. Kudos Nokia.

12. mclifford81

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

I agree with notfair, Android has saturated the market so much to the point that most devices are all the same these days unless they have a new bell or whistle that tops the other and usually in just a marginal way. The sad truth is that phone manufacturers have apparently forgotten the entire point of what a phone is and what it is not. I for one love technology and the advances we have made but as far as connectivity, sound clarity, and basic functions they all seem to skim on these days. I mean look at the blackberry keynote for one. Sure it runs Android and is a decent device minus the screen detacthing issue but it does do some things that a lot of phones should do now and well. It can make phone calls, have multiple three way, four way or more calls at once for conferences, secure messaging through bbm, and so forth. Sure there are other phones that do one thing better than another, but the truth is how far do we need to advance with this technology till it all gets old. Why not focus on the "essentials" such as the above mentioned and then perfect the camera quality, battery quality, build quality, and ram optimaztion, and operating system functionality for performance but also dependability of usage? If I had a billion to blow on a start up I would focus on what is necessary and forget all the hype with competing with other manufacturers. Focus on what matters. Call quality, battery quality, build quality, stability of the operating system, camera quality, and put emphasis on how can my device help me make a connection with others and improve the overall quality of life so that I can utilize my time in a way that is more productive and meaningful. But hey I guess we all can dream right?

13. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Use paragraphs, idiot.

18. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1200; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It doesn't matter whether or not it's an Android or iOS phone, they're all aimed at doing the same thing. The market is saturated, you can get great quality phones in every price range. They all come with the essentials, the ability to make phone calls, text, take pictures, surf the internet, download apps, navigate. I use a Moto G5 Plus as my main phone and I absolutely love it. There simply is no ideal phone, no device that caters to everyone's needs, it's all a matter of compromise. Some are perfectly happy with a Windows Phone, some prefer a big Samsung Note because of the S-Pen, others only want iPhones because of iOS. I think you'd be surprised how many companies nowadays do all those things you complain about quite well. Some still suck at things like call quality, signal reception (ahem... Apple...) compared to phones more than half the price. Apparently the ones to whom it matters are so minor that Apple opts to ignore it. I think diversity is a great thing and over the coming years the amount of manufacturers will decrease, because they just can't cut it in this cutthroat business.

15. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

It's missing the quirky "something different" that we all loved about Nokia.

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

128Gb internal storage with expandable storage, I don't think I've seen that combination before.

20. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

HTC U11 has one too.

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: 2362; 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: 21453; 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: 21453; 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.

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