The Nokia 8 screen is not flagship-grade


The Nokia 8 has got a flagship-grade Snapdragon 835 system chip, fast performance and aspirations to be a true Android flagship like all the rest, but it has one critical flaw: its screen is inexcusably bad.

While the Google Pixel 2 XL is facing harsh criticism over the blue tint that appears when you look at its screen from an angle, the Nokia 8 has it even worse: a similarly bad blue tint is actually apparent even when you have the phone square, facing you.

First, let's look at the specs: the Nokia 8 ships with a 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with a very high, 1440 x 2560 pixel Quad HD resolution, and a pixel density of the whopping 554ppi. So far so good.


What these specs never mention is one critical component of the viewing experience: color temperature. It is something that you notice right away, but to make sure our eyes are not deceiving us, we double-checked our display benchmark tests that we do for our reviews.


And here is the Nokia 8's blueish screen compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple's iPhone 8 Plus:


Turns out it wasn't just us. The Nokia 8 screen does indeed have a bad case of the blue-itis. The bottom row in the picture above shows how white should look like on a phone's screen, while the Nokia 8's actual results are in the upper row.


We also have detailed measurements for color temperature. The standard value that all phones aspire to is D65, or 6,500 Kelvin, anything over that would make whites appear blueish and anything below that will make them look yellow-ish, or reddish. The Nokia scored way above 6,500K, it's actual result is 8,515K, which grants it a 'poor' rating in our scale. And while there are other phones that don't get this one right, they at least offer the option to change white balance in display settings. We could not find such an option on the Nokia 8.


The two results that we want to highlight here are color temperature and delta e grayscale. Both are way off, and you can see the stark difference when you compare them with other flagship phones.

So how did this happen and why?


We do not know the answer, but we have an educated guess.

The Nokia 8 sacrificed color accuracy just to get... brighter. Boosting blues has been an easy way to get higher brightness output and the Nokia 8 does indeed have one of the highest brightness scores ever on a phone: over 700 nits.


Here is the thing: this high brightness only really matters when you use the phone outdoors, under harsh sunlight. The screen can then boost its brightness and provided it is not too reflective, this makes it easier for you to see what's on the display outdoors. Indoors, this does not matter much: all phones have sufficient brightness to look perfectly well in such conditions.

At the end of the day, display quality seems to still be an issue that not all phone makers have perfected just yet. The LG V30 and the Pixel 2 XL are prime examples, but while they use OLED displays that are tougher to produce, we are surprised to see an issue like this on a proven technology with an LCD display in 2017.

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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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46 Comments

1. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

A new feature?

19. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

Other reviews said that this is the best lcd display on the market.Even better than the one on the iPhones.

29. mahima

Posts: 731; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

look at the test result... Pixel 2 XL scores excellent so...lol

41. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Pixel 2 XL is P-OLED display. It is fair to match with other LCD display. Also to Victor H. - such a biased article??? Why??? To worship Apple products? iPhone is yellow-ish, Nokia is blue-ish. I personally prefer blue istead of yellow. It reminds me of something dirty. And it better than iPhone 8 display in any way: better contrast, better brightness, better Delta E rgb. blue or yellow depends on personal preference. You trying to focus only on your opinion. That is biased.

2. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Do you think a software update could fix the issue?

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 27, 2011

Theoretically, yes.

6. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

It's actually pretty simple. All they have to do is add RGB sliders in a firmware update, or lower the B value and be done with it. My brother's laptop screen was immensely blue, I just lowered the blue value and that's it.

30. Subie

Posts: 2367; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Only if stock Android has it. If they have to add anything then it defeats their original purpose of using pure stock.

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

No display temperature slider in setting?

3. londoner

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

I still want to buy this phone.

5. twens

Posts: 1177; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

But the iPhone looks yellowish

10. Shubham412302

Posts: 579; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

No one complaints about that. Its a feature

7. miketer

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

LG V30 underwhelming loudspeaker and display glitches NOkia 8, unacceptable screen quality. XZ premium, less volume output, too quiet. Google pixel2, creaks and unacceptable screen quality. Samsung S8 and Note 8, finger print placeement and camera smudges Iphone 8 and 8 plus, no issues reported yet, except complaints on design Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 compact, no issues reported yet, except complaints on design. Seems tried and tested design and a little bit conservative approach gives a better product.

22. Peacetoall unregistered

Literally this

34. harsh_732006

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Buy a oneplus 5t

37. treypoundz

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Iphone 8 no issues. Wtf. Um. The phone blow up to where it slpits open. The speaker has cracking sounds. Fuk u mean no issues.

8. Seany

Posts: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Doesn't look that bad, I'd hate to have red tint more so

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Unlike OLED screens LCD screens are pretty customization via software updates. If they care, they can just correct this via a nice software update.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4219; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No customization via software for OLEDs? Hmm, wasnt aware... My RGB sliders must be useless... II'll will aslo ignore updates on other devices that have rectified some color issues for OLEDs. Thanks for the clarification!/s

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4219; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I would take the blue on the Nokia over what ever is going on with that iPhone in the picture. eww

16. TheOracle1

Posts: 2297; Member since: May 04, 2015

Exactly. That yellow iPhone screen looks worse in my opinion. Of course Apple would probably tell me my retinas don't match their "retina" displays.

13. bannytour

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

Nokia Mobile is robust and very good

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

In what world is a cold screen a bigger issue than burn in?

23. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Isn't it sad? 2017 is almost over, and OLED burn-in is still a thing!

15. blackwildboar84

Posts: 14; Member since: May 13, 2017

battery swell and split, yellowish display, camera taking oversaturated picture. why only on fruit model.

21. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Is this something where you only notice it when comparing other screens side by side?

25. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Yep, Nokia 8s screen has a blue tint. But the Note 8 has a red-ish tint and iPhone 8 has yellow. Nothing wrong in them, only the Nokia 8 has a bad screen... sigh...

26. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Looks like night mode is on-on iphone.Display looks that muchYellowish only when you on that night mode.

27. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

It's not correct to compare a quality control issue with a design decision. By the way I could buy 2 Nokia 8's with the price of pixel 2XL and still be left with money in my country. I prefer the slightly inaccurate colors of the Nokia 8 to the burnt out display and quality control issues. Many of the free blue light filters on Google play could fix the colors on an IPS LCD but a burn in cannot be. I have very few complaints on the Nokia 8. It's been a long time since I am using a good Android device. The phone has excellent stand by time.

31. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

gsmarena praise Nokia 8 display and say it produce accurate color.

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