Nokia’s first true flagship is finally here and it hopes to regain the crown it lost many years ago to other competitors.
Nokia 8 brings flagship specs, flagship build quality and also, unfortunately, a flagship price to match.
The company launched a trio of budget smartphones, the 3, 5 and 6 around half a year ago. It was enough to jump start Nokia but none of them offered any real flagship experience. The Nokia 8 aims to change that.
Design and Display
The Nokia 8 might not be the most eye-catching phone of the year – not with the bezels that it has – but it still features an attractive build.
The design follows in the footsteps of the previous Nokia phones released earlier this year.
Nokia says that the unibody has a high-gloss, mirror-like finish on the back that takes 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing to achieve.
The display on the Nokia 8 is also a bit different from the competition in terms of size. Nokia decided to go with a 5.3-inch screen, keeping the size of the phone small and handy.
The screen resolution comes in at QHD (2560 x 1440) with an IPS LCD panel which should offer good viewing angles.
The Nokia 8 also has Ozo Audio which captures 360-degree audio thanks to three mics and some of the company’s own audio capturing algorithms. This gives the Nokia 8 the ability to capture audio with immersive 360-degree spatial surround sound.
Hardware and OS
Moving to the actual numbers, you get Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 835 that is paired with an Adreno 540 GPU. Handling all the multitasking is 4 GB of RAM.
However, if for some reason you think that 4GB of RAM is not enough, Nokia also has a 6GB RAM variant. This particular variant will come only in the Glossy Blue color and will come with 128 GB of internal storage, meanwhile the 4 GB RAM variant will have 64 GB of internal storage.
As with the previous smartphones released by Nokia, the 8 also runs a clean version of Android 7.1.1 right out of the box and Nokia says it will be one of the first devices to get the Android O update when it becomes available.
Camera and Battery
Nokia says that its flagship comes with two 13MP sensors on the back. One of these sensors will shoot in RGB and one in black & white. There’s also a 13MP front facing camera that also comes with autofocus. All three cameras are Carl Zeiss branded and all have f/2.o apertures.
Nokia is also highlighting its “Bothie” photos that combine pictures from both the front facing camera and rear facing camera into one.
Keeping everything powered is a 3,090mAh battery. Fast charging support is included with Quick Charge 3.0.
The Nokia 8 will be available in 4 colors; Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel. Pricing starts at €599 which is approximately equal to PKR 75,000/-. You should keep in mind that prices are usually higher in Europe due to taxation. Expect slightly lower prices in US and other regions.
Nokia 8 Specifications
- CPU: Octa-core 4 x2.45 GHz & 4 x1.9 GHz Kryo
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- GPU: Adreno 540
- OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; separate dual SIM model
- Fingerprint scanner
- IP 54 certified – dust and splash resistant
- Ozo 360 degree Audio
- 5.3” IPS LCD with QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution (554 PPI)
- RAM: 4/6 GB
- Internal: 64/128 GB
- Card slot: yes, by up to 256 GB
- Primary: Dual 13 MP, f/2.0, laser & phase detection autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
- Secondary: 13 MP
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, LTE
- Battery: 3,090 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 support
- Price: €599