Nokia 8 goes for $200 at Woot and trusted eBay seller in brand-new condition

Nokia 8 goes for $200 at Woot and trusted eBay seller in brand-new condition
The new Nokia, reborn under the management of a little company called HMD Global a couple of years back, is only now gearing up to unveil a “true” flagship Android smartphone. But 2017’s Nokia 8 and 2018’s Nokia 8 Sirocco came pretty close to meeting ultra-high-end standards, with sharp screens, a powerful processor, and capable dual rear-facing cameras.

Unfortunately, the two (almost) premium handsets were never officially released in the US, which isn’t stopping Woot and BuySpry from currently selling the original Nokia 8 at an essentially unbeatable price.

The factory unlocked device is available in “Polished Blue” and “Steel” color options at $199.99 a pop, with a US adapter thrown in the box by both merchants for minimal charging hassle.

That obviously means you’re looking at “international” versions of the Snapdragon 835-powered Nokia 8 here, which should be easy to activate on GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, although 4G LTE coverage may prove spotty due to the lack of support for a few essential network bands.

On the decidedly bright side of things, both Amazon subsidiary Woot and trusted eBay seller BuySpry will hook you up with brand-new, unused, untouched Nokia 8 units in exchange for your measly two Benjamins. You’ll even get a 90-day limited warranty from the former retailer, as well as free shipping no matter where you decide to purchase the phone from.

As bad as the network coverage compromise might seem (and it’s definitely not that bad), the specifications of the Nokia 8 make it a no-brainer buy at $199.99. We’re talking a 5.3-inch display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution (and admittedly thick bezels), 4GB RAM, dual 13MP rear snappers with Zeiss optics, a 13MP selfie camera, fast-charging 3,090mAh battery, a beautiful aluminum unibody design, and yes, even Android 9.0 Pie software.

That’s the kind of stuff you usually get at north of $400 and it totally obliterates the best ultra-affordable unlocked smartphones out there.

Check out the deal at Woot and eBay



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44 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pretty good deal for the Nokia 8. Amazon currently has it for $250.

2. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This would be a good deal, but unfortunately it's not entirely compatible with the US networks since it won't have all of the proper LTE bands necessary for the best coverage otherwise it's a great phone. Nokia really needs to get a foothold in the US.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is a great deal for anyone looking for a great bang for your buck smartphone. While not compatible with all U.S. LTE bands, it has many of them, including the major band used by T-Mobile. HMD has already taken steps to get a foothold in the U.S., not only with smartphones available from places like Amazon, BestBuy and B&H, but they are now also on two U.S. carriers, Verizon and Cricket.

4. tangbunna

Posts: 474; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

mich better than cheap sd660 phones. but but... 5.3 is too small screen with regular smaller bazel 6" body size.

5. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. The X4 is the same way. Great specs, part of Android One and already received Pie back in November, and is usable on ALL carriers but its screen size is only 5.4" iirc.

6. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Honestly the carrier compatibility is not that bad, but why limit yourself to lesser LTE coverage? And one thing you should be aware of is that international phones won't have a US warranty. Just my "unbiased" thoughts on the matter.

7. yalokiy

Posts: 950; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Support ends in one year. Would be great if they allowed bootloader unlocking and open sourced the code. It would've received official lineageos support then = probably at least 3 more years of updates.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

The bootloader on the Nokia 8 has been ulocked by HMD.

13. yalokiy

Posts: 950; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Cool! Sorry, didn't check before writing as I thought they don't allow bootloader unlock for all models. This changes everything, I might consider even getting one!

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

No worries. Glad I could help out.

15. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The bootloader is "unlockable" to be more technically correct.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m sure he knows that, based on what I said.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

With HMD's focus on more lucrative markets for them to build up their presence in the smartphone space, it's no wonder that the LTE coverage in the U.S. for the Nokia 8 is limited. What they have done was simply business 101. There are those that can't seem to comprehend that, or the fact that they're other markets in the world besides the U.S. market. Just me providing "unbiased" facts on the matter and showing that I understand them, as opposed to complaining unnecessarily.

20. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't think there's a problem with wanting them to release more devices in the US. You're not the CEO or the CFO, so how would you possibly know what's lucrative and what's not lucrative?

35. antroid

Posts: 386; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Just ordered one instead of the nokia 6.1 plus, it cost less and it's more powerful and support more bands than the nokia 6.1

38. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's a decent phone, but it just doesn't have the necessary bands for full LTE coverage for usage in the US for me.

39. antroid

Posts: 386; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I know there are better phones like One Plus that has better coverage but when considering the price and other features I think it's still worth the money. But I will see when I will get it and update :)

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s a good phone that’s well worth the money, especially for what you are getting in relation to the cost.

45. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yup. The OnePlus is an awesome phone being the best phone ever but the Nokia is still a great phone as well. I only wished the 6.1 had a 64GB version because I love that copper black color.

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

OnePlus makes some good smartphones, and HMD has been making some great bang for your buck mid-rangers. You can’t go wrong with the Nokia 8 at the price.

49. antroid

Posts: 386; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Just a little update about my purchase, I'm using it with T-Mobile. after a few weeks while using the phone I can say I have a good reception and I have a good LTE reception (I only used it mostly at home and work in the suburbs of Philly). The phone feels solid and the camera is quite good for the price.

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