Nokia 8 Review

Nokia 8

Posted: , by Victor Hristov Victor Hristov



Interface and Functionality

Android 7.1.1 Nougat is clean and bloatware-free. Also, a bit boring.

Clean and bloat-free describes perfectly the Android 7.1.1 experience you get with the Nokia 8.

But also… a bit bland and boring, quite frankly. Stock apps look a bit dated as well: the gray notification dropdown is particularly depressing, but so is the clock app, and we could not find essential options like displaying a battery percentage instead of a classic battery-shaped indicator.

Excitement here is replaced with the promise of timely future updates and smooth performance, which is great, but it definitely feels like some apps here lack a bit in terms of polish and visual styling.

Speaking of apps, there is one app in the interface that you should know about: that’s the Support app by Nokia. This is where you can chat with a Nokia agent and get support, find the nearest care center and check the user guide, as well as see answers to commonly asked questions.

One particular aspect of the experience we found annoying was the vibration. We are usually not much concerned about the details of vibration feedback on phones, but the Nokia 8 vibration seems a bit forced and it often fires as a result of you accidentally touching the fingerprint while the phone is in your pocket.

Processor, Performance and Memory

Snapdragon 835 is the biggest asset of the Nokia 8. It’s a great performer.

Having the best chip on Android at the moment – the Snapdragon 835 – on the Nokia 8 is a delight and one of its biggest advantages. There’s 4GB of RAM on board as well.

The performance takeaway is this: the phone runs fast and smooth, but not quite as smoothly as some other high-ends, such as the excellent Google Pixels.

In terms of benchmarks, the Nokia 8 does not surprise: it runs just as fast as all other Snapdragon 835 phones:

The Nokia 8 we have up for review comes with a hybrid dual SIM card slot, so you can choose between using two SIM cards or one SIM + one microSD card.

In terms of storage, you get the standard 64GB on-board storage and the option to expand via microSD cards is nice. For its price, the amount of storage is plentiful.

Internet and Connectivity

No LTE bands for the USA.

The Nokia 8 is not officially sold in the United States, and it does not support the needed 4G LTE bands, so even if you go through the pains of importing it, do not expect to get proper 4G LTE connectivity.

In Europe, the Nokia 8 has all required 4G LTE bands, including band 20, so it works flawlessly.

Here is the full list of supported bands:

FDD LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
TDD LTE: Band 38, 39, 40, 41

To access the web, you have Google Chrome on board as the one and only browser – an app Android users should be familiar with already.

Other connectivity options include dual-channel Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC, but there is no FM Radio, in case you were wondering.


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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.3 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (554 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2500 MHz, Kryo 280 processor
4 GB
Size5.96 x 2.90 x 0.31 inches
(151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)

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