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Nokia 8 Review: Features And Full Specifications
By at November 10, 2017( 4 months ago )


Nokia 8 Review and full specifications NOKIA 8 REVIEW

Nokia’s range of 2017 phones has impressed, so
can it continue with the flagship Nokia 8 that offers
top-end specs for a lower price than rivals? Here’s
our full Nokia 8 review.


In a similar vein to OnePlus, one of the big
advantages with these new Nokia phones (made by
HMD) is that they are a decent chunk cheaper than
rival phones in the same category.
For the Nokia 8, you can get one outright for just
£499 which was the price of a flagship phone a few
years ago. You can also Amazon and Carphone
Warehouse for £399 making is a bit of a bargain.
It’s got similar specs to handsets like the Sony
Xperia XZ1 and HTC U11 which cost £599 and
£649 respectively. Other phones like the Galaxy S8
are even more expensive.

That’s not to say the Nokia 8 is the bargain of the
century with no rivals. In fact, the impressive
OnePlus 5 is £449 and the Honor 9 is an
astounding £379 so it’s not a done deal.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to make the
design of a smartphone something new and
interesting. We’ve got to the point where almost
every conceivable shape and material has been

This is especially true when the new device doesn’t
have a bezel-free design so the front is almost
entirely taken up by the screen. The Nokia 8 is a
victim of this problem and there are elements of the
design which could appear to be taken from various
other phones.

The handset looks a bit like the HTC U11 but with a
metal rear casing instead of glass with plastic ends
for the antennas. It looks and feels quite nice with
rounded edges helping the Nokia 8 fit in the hand

It’s also reasonably light for its size at 160g but it’s
just a bit on the boring side of things – a sort of
‘nothing to see here’ kind of deal. Four colours are
available: Tempered Blue, Polished Blue, Steel and
Polished Copper.

The front of the phone is distinctly plain aside from
a Nokia logo in the corner. Capacitive navigation
buttons straddle a fingerprint scanner that’s too
small and not quite sunken enough.

A lower price point than many rivals means you
don’t quite get all the flagship features you might
hope for. The main thing here is that the Nokia 8 is
not waterproof – its IP54 rating means it’s dust and
water resistant. In other words it can get a bit wet
but you can’t submerge it.

It’s also a shame that we’ve found the phone
scratches all too easily on the front and back.
We’ve got multiple fine marks over just a couple of
weeks of usage.

As you’d expect from a 2017 Android smartphone,
the Nokia 8 uses a USB-C port and the firm isn’t
one to ditch the headphone jack, either.


With a slightly forgettable design, can the Nokia 8
create some excitement with its specs and
features? Let’s find out.


At 5.3in, the Nokia 8 has a rather unusual screen
size. It’s not the most ideal situation with so many
similarly sized phones having a larger display,
typically around 5.5in. The screen-to-body ratio here
doesn’t even reach 70 percent so it’s a similar
problem to the Xperia XZ1.

Bezels aside, the screen is nice and bright when
needed and the Quad HD resolution (1440 x 2560)
means that everything is superbly crisp.
The main difference if you compare its LCD panel to
an LED phone is the contrast. Blacks are closer to
grey and white is on the red side of things, although
the latter makes it more like a reading mode so can
be more comfortable to look at.

Like some rivals, the display is always-on which
means that some information is shown even when
the screen is ‘off’. It’s a bit dim but does the job
and you can control what bits and pieces are
included as well as how long before it times out.

Processor, memory and storage

We’re pretty accustomed to what has become a
somewhat standard set of core specs for 2017
flagship smartphones.

Like so many others, the Nokia 8 has a Qualcomm
Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and
64GB of storage. You get 6GB of RAM in the
cheaper OnePlus 5 but for some the inclusion of a
microSD card slot will be more useful – you can
add up to 256GB more.

Following some performance issues with our first
sample, a second ran perfectly fine with no crashes
and smooth day-to-day usage.

Connectivity and audio

Like core specs, connectivity options are becoming
pretty standard too. To that end, the Nokia 8 has
dual-band 11ac Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth 5.0.
Although it’s only got Cat 9 LTE, that won’t make a
noticeable different compared to devices with a
theoretical faster peak download speed.
As mentioned earlier, there’s a headphone jack so
you don’t need to rely on USB-C or wireless
headphones. Some fairly basic in-ear headphones
are included in the box.

Fingerprint scanner

Having a fingerprint senor for security is reliable
and easy and the Nokia 8’s is below the screen
where, arguably, it’s the most useful (despite
meaning bezels). However, there are some issues
with the sensor.

As mentioned earlier, the sensor isn’t quite sunken
in the glass enough which is a shame but the
bigger problem is that it’s not very big. It’s about
half the size of the OnePlus 5’s and we’ve found it
quite annoying at times – it can occasionally take
three or four attempts to work.

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As ever cameras are important and it’s perhaps a
slight surprise to find dual-lenses at the back at this
price. Nokia has opted for two 13Mp cameras with
one offering a colour sensor and the other
monochrome – rather than a telephoto or wide-
angle option.

There’s an IR range finder, dual-tone flash, f/2.0
aperture and optical image stabilisation (OIS) but
the latter is only found on the colour sensor.
The camera app is clean and simple, allowing you
to switch between the rear camera lenses quickly.
By default it will use both like some rivals with the
same setup.

Overall the cameras are pretty good but nothing
special. They perform fairly well, although the focus
can take a while to lock on and low light
performance could be a lot better.
Detail is good in natural lighting but there are simply
better phones out there for photography including
the Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2. Check out our sample
photos below.

At the front is also a 13Mp camera with a matching
f/2.0 aperture. This offers nicely crisp and exposed
selfies but Nokia wants you to go one step further
and use it along with the rear camera.

The self-proclaimed ‘Bothie’ is the result and isn’t
exactly something new. Samsung had a similar
feature years ago which we found just as cheesy
and unnecessary, but perhaps you can find a good
use for it.

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Battery life

Inside the Nokia 8 is a 3090mAh battery, which is
about average for a flagship phone this size. The
phone doesn’t feature wireless charging but does
support Quick Charge 3.0 and a fast charger is
included in the box. You can get 49 percent with a
30 minute charge which is impressive.

We’ve been pretty impressed with the battery life of
the Nokia 8. It’s no two-day phone but it will
comfortably get through a day for the majority of


The Nokia 8 doesn’t ship with the latest version of
Android (8.0 Oreo), so for now it’s got 7.1.1
Nougat. However, an upgrade is on the way.

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Like the other Nokias launched this year, the phone
has essentially stock Android so things are clean
and simple like the new Pixel 2 devices.
You don’t get additional pre-loaded apps or other
annoying extras generally considered as bloatware.

The only exception being the always-on display as
detailed earlier.
You get Android as Google designed in including the
really useful set of information cards just a swipe
away from the homescreen.




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