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.

5.3 inches

Display size

1440 x 2560px

64GB

Internal storage

13MP + 13MP

Rear camera

3,090 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.3 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixels per inch (PPI) 554
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
Dimensions 151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm
Weight 160g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 9
Processor Snapdragon 835
RAM 6GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 3,090mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP54
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$899
Launch date2017-10
Nokia 8

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

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.

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

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.

Promoted

  • The Nokia 8 is currently going for around $500 at online retailers like Catch and Kogan.

Nokia 8 specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.3 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixels per inch (PPI) 554
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
Dimensions 151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm
Weight 160g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 9
Processor Snapdragon 835
RAM 6GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 3,090mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP54
Wireless charging No

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