Nokia 8 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Nokia 8 review

Quick Verdict

The Nokia 8 is easily Nokia's best Android phone to date and it's a perfectly solid premium phone. It's also a premium phone that lacks a true killer feature to make it really stand out from the pack.

The good

  • Dual cameras
  • Snapdragon 835 gives it plenty of power
  • Impressive battery life

The bad

  • Design is bland
  • Low-light performance is poor
  • Bothies are a gimmick

Nokia 8 at a glance
When did the Nokia 8 come out? The Nokia 8 launched in Australia in September 2017.
What’s new about the Nokia 8? Aluminium unibody, dual sight "bothie" camera, Snapdragon 835 processor.
How much does the Nokia 8 cost? You can find the Nokia 8 selling for around $500 at online retailers.

The reborn Nokia's first new premium phone is a fine handset, but uninspired design and a less than premium camera detract from its value proposition.

When Nokia was reborn on the global stage at Mobile World Congress 2017, it did so with a trio of entry-level to mid-level phones that were, at best, unremarkable. We weren't thrilled by the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 or Nokia 6 when we came to test them some months later and that wasn't a great sign for a brand that used to be one of the world's best when it came to mobile phones.

All that was meant to change with the Nokia 8, the first smartphone to come out of HMD Global with truly premium components inside, including lenses by Zeiss and the premium processor of choice in 2017, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. The question was whether Nokia/HMD could climb out of the budget ghetto and deliver a truly worthwhile premium contender.


  • Standard smartphone design with a slightly retro feel compared to other premium handsets.
  • Light and comfortable to carry around.


  • A significant improvement on previous Nokia cameras.
  • Still doesn't handle low-light photography particularly well.


  • A snappy processor and 4GB of RAM deliver top-notch performance on par with the Samsung Galaxy S8.
  • Nokia's commitment to regular updates should keep the Nokia 8 relevant for some time.

Battery life

  • The 3,090mAh battery packs plenty of juice to get you through the day.
  • Bested only by the Samsung Galaxy S8+ when comparing 2017's premium smartphones.


  • Delivers snappy performance and excellent battery life at a good price.
  • Camera is only so-so and the design is unremarkable.

Pricing and availability

Nokia 8

Nokia's return to the spotlight

Nokia has risen from the ashes with the Nokia 8, proving that it can still produce premium smartphones that stand alongside the best in the business.

  • The Nokia 8 is currently going for around $500 at online retailers like Catch, DWI and Kogan.
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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5.3
Display resolution (pixels) 2560 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 554
Processor Snapdragon 835
Height (mm) 151.5
Width (mm) 73.7
Depth (mm) 7.9
Weight (g) 160
Battery size (mAh) 3,090
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 256GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
Water resistance IP54
Rear camera (1) resolution 13
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Rear camera (2) resolution 13
Rear camera (2) aperture f/2.0
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 13
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 9
NFC support Yes
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Updated January 22nd, 2019
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage More info
Snapdragon 425
MTK 6737
1280 × 720
Snapdragon 630
1920 x 1080
854 x 480
320 x 240
Snapdragon 835
2560 x 1440
MediaTek Helio P18
1080 x 2160
320 x 240
Snapdragon 636
1080 x 2280
Snapdragon 430
1280 × 720
Snapdragon 835
2560 x 1440
Snapdragon 660
2160 x 1080
MediaTek Helio P60
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Snapdragon 430
1920 x 1080

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and

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