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Nokia 8 Review

Nokia 8

Posted: , by Victor Hristov Victor Hristov



Call Quality

We have had no issues with call quality on the Nokia 8 as voices in the earpiece are sufficiently loud and clear, easy to recognize with their natural tonality, and the mic output is also crisp and clear.

Battery life

Nokia 8 will last you a day without breaking a sweat, but not more.

The Nokia 8 comes with a 3,090 mAh battery, right around the average for a 2017 flagship of this size.

Our impressions are that it lasted a solid one day and even a bit more. It's a solid battery performer.

We also ran our battery life test on the Nokia 8 and found that the phone lasted nearly 9 hours on a single charge, a good result that is not too far from the scores of the Galaxy S8, iPhone 8, Pixel 2 and OnePlus 5.

Another important aspect of the battery experience is charging time. Sometimes you need that extra battery boost during the day, or you forgot to charge at night, and you cannot sit around and wait for your phone to charge for hours on end. Good news: the Nokia 8 comes with a powerful, 18-watt fast charger that gives you 36% of battery with a quick, 10-minute charge. It's not the fastest phone to re-charge, but it's not too bad either. Here is how fast it recharged using the charger included in the box:

  • 36% in just 10 minutes
  • 51% in 30 minutes
  • 100% in 2 hours and 11 minutes

Price and alternatives

The big advantage that the Nokia 8 has over its top-tier Android phone rivals rocking the Snapdragon 835 system chip is price. It’s way more affordable! Since the Nokia 8 is not available in the US, we have prices compared in euro:

The rise of phone prices is particularly painful in Europe, and looking at the prices comparatively, you can definitely see that the Nokia 8 offers the best value for the money in terms of pure hardware, especially now that the OnePlus 5 is no longer available.


To your average phone reviewer, the Nokia 8 is in many ways a boring phone. It does not have any flashy features, and its bothie camera mode is a gimmick. It lacks personality, it’s just another Android phone. But to most people looking to upgrade from an older phone, the Nokia 8 is much more than that: it’s a great value offer when you compare it with other flagships, and you can buy two Nokia 8 phones for the price of one Galaxy Note 8. And the Nokia 8 excels in daily use with smooth performance throughout.

At the end of the day, the Nokia 8 does not even seem like a “true” 2017 flagship, despite that Snapdragon 835 inside: the screen looks dull and with needlessly big bezels, the camera is slow and quality is not on par with the best, the fingerprint is less accurate than on most other expensive phones, there is no water-proofing and the experience is bland.

If you don’t mistake it for “the next big thing” and just accept it as it is - a great value Android phone – the Nokia 8 is a safe choice that will do what a phone does well. But it’s hard to recommend it with so many other excellent phones to choose from.


  • Great price
  • Smooth performance
  • Plentiful 64GB of internal storage
  • Fast charger included in the box
  • Solid battery life


  • Big bezels, colors not as lively as on other screens
  • Camera is below average
  • No water proofing
  • Fingerprint is not as accurate as on other phones
  • Always-on Display is hard to see, too dim
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Display5.3 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (554 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2500 MHz, Kryo 280 processor
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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