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.

Design

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

Camera

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

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.

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, 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
RAM 6
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 March 23rd, 2019
Name Product Display Rear camera Internal storage Battery size More info
Nokia 9 Pureview
Nokia 9 Pureview
5.99
inches

2880 x 1440px

12MP + 12MP + 12MP

128GB

3,320
mAh
5.84
inches

1080 x 2280px

12MP + 5MP

32GB

3,060
mAh
Nokia 4.2
Nokia 4.2
5.71
inches

720 x 1520px

13MP + 2MP

16GB


32GB

3,000
mAh
5.3
inches

2560 x 1440px

13MP + 13MP

64GB

3,090
mAh
Nokia 3.2
Nokia 3.2
6.26
inches

720 x 1520px

13MP

16GB


32GB

4,000
mAh
5.5
inches

720x1280px

8MP

8GB

4,000
mAh
5.5
inches

1920 x 1080px

16MP

64GB

3,000
mAh
5.2
inches

720 x 1440px

13MP

16GB

2,990
mAh
5.5
inches

1920 x 1080px

16MP

32GB

3,000
mAh
5.8
inches

HD+px

16MP + 5MP

64GB

3,060
mAh
5.5
inches

2560 x 1440px

12MP + 13MP

128GB

3,260
mAh
5.8
inches

HD+px

13MP + 5MP

32GB

3,060
mAh
6
inches

2160 x 1080px

12MP + 13MP

64GB

3,800
mAh
Nokia 210
Nokia 210
2.4
inches

320 x 240px

0.3MP
1,020
mAh
5.5
inches

1080 x 2160px

16MP

16GB

2,970
mAh
5.2
inches

1280 × 720px

13MP

16GB

3,000
mAh
4.5
inches

854 x 480px

5MP

8GB

2,150
mAh
5
inches

1280 × 720px

8MP

16GB

2,630
mAh
6.18
inches

2280 x 1080px

12MP + 13MP

64GB

3,500
mAh
2.4
inches

320 x 240px

2MP

128MB

1,200
mAh
2.45
inches

320 x 240px

2MP

4GB

1,500
mAh
Nokia 1 Plus
Nokia 1 Plus
5.45
inches
8MP

8GB

2,500
mAh

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