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Nokia 8 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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The Nokia 8 is a perfectly solid premium phone, but it lacks a true killer feature to make it really stand out from the pack.

  • Dual cameras
  • Snapdragon 835 gives it plenty of power
  • Impressive battery life
  • Design is bland
  • Low-light performance is poor
  • Bothies are a gimmick

5.3 inches

Display size

1440 x 2560px

64GB

Internal storage

13MP + 13MP

Rear camera

3,090 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
5.3 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2560px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
554 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
13MP + 13MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0 + f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
13MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm
Weight
160g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 9

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 835
RAM
6GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
3,090mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP54
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$899
Launch date2017-10
Nokia 8

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.


Design

  • Standard smartphone design with a slightly retro feel compared to other premium handsets.
  • Light and comfortable to carry around.
Nokia 8 review

Camera

  • A significant improvement on previous Nokia cameras.
  • Still doesn't handle low-light photography particularly well.
Nokia8_Lens_738

Performance

  • 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.
Nokia 8 review

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.

Verdict

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

Pricing and availability

  • Price: ~$500
  • Where to buy: Amazon

Specifications

Display

Display Size
5.3 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2560px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
554 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
13MP + 13MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0 + f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
13MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm
Weight
160g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 9

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 835
RAM
6GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
3,090mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP54
Wireless charging
No

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