The mid of August is here and it’s time for us to embrace Nokia’s first flagship Android – Nokia 8. Earlier, Nokia’s current acquirer, HMD Global announced three Nokia handsets that included Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and the classic Nokia 3310. The launch of Nokia’s first flagship, presumably Nokia 8, was making rounds on the internet for quite some time. Finally, the latest handset, Nokia 8 has been launched by HMD Global in an event held at Tower Bridge in London. The question now is whether this handset can turn around the fortunes for the Nokia brand. Let’s check out our hands-on review to know the answer!
The design of Nokia’s flagship is one of the best things about this android phone. Crafted from a single block of aluminium, the design of the phone looks absolutely enthralling. Nokia 8’s body is wonderfully slim measuring 7.3mm on the average with 4.6mm thin at the edge. The smooth curved edges of the phone screen look enough good, ensuring that the handset fits perfectly in your hand. The phone is said to be launched in four promising colors – polish blue, tempered blue, steel, and a polished copper which has certainly garnered a lot of attention in the past few weeks.
Protected with a sheet of Gorilla Glass 5, the 5.3-inch has a super-bright display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels amounting to a pixel-density of 559. Comparatively, Nokia 8 lacks the flashy edge-to-edge display screens of the LG G6 and Galaxy S8 but still, it has got a decent screen nonetheless. Its display is quite bright and clear which makes it enough to be found on a flagship smartphone. The antenna bands can be found on the top and bottom of the phone so users can get a better signal when they’re holding the phone in their hands. Slightly below the screen, a fingerprint scanner is found between two navigation buttons to make it easier to unlock or tap the phone.
Battery and Power
With the exceptional and super speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, it is expected that Nokia 8 will be able to handle anything a phone is supposed to do. Coming with 4GB of RAM, the handset also has an internal storage of 64GB and microSD support of up to 256GB. Since the phone offers abundant of storage space, one can easily fill it full with their favorite apps and games. As far as the battery of the phone is concerned, Nokia has added a 3090mAh of battery in Nokia 8 so it could power a QHD screen. Nevertheless, Nokia has also included a cooling system in the phone which would prevent it from getting too hot. This cooling system will also help the phone to consume a lot of power. A USB-C port at the bottom helps in charging the phone along with Quick Charge 3.0 that is expected to charge the phone rather quickly. However, there is no option for wireless charging which adds to one of its drawbacks.
The camera is one of the highlights of Nokia 8 and the brand takes much pride in it. The 13-megapixel camera on the front comes with a Dual-Sight feature. This feature allows pictures and videos alike to be live-streamed especially on social-media. Basically, this feature has already been introduced in many apps previously but has been incorporated into a smartphone for the first time which makes it quite unique. Termed as ‘Bothie’ by the brand, the Dual-Sight feature of the camera connects both front and rear camera simultaneously and can be used for pictures and videos. Moreover, particularly for video filming, OZO’s Dolby surround audio technology has been included in Nokia 8 allowing to shoot 4K high-quality videos.
The price of Nokia 8 has been set at €599/AU$899, which makes it around £550 or $700 and is quite close to the price of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
So far, the exact release date for the Nokia 8 is not known but the brand has given hints to release it sometime in September this year for most markets across the globe.
Evidently, Nokia’s flagship seems promising – with an alluring design, QHD display, impressive features especially the Dual-Sight feature of the camera. Having said that, let’s not forget that the market has already seen many phones like this one in the past one year as this phone does not offer many distinctive features. Moreover, it also lacks an edge-to-edge display which might be a tad disappointing for the users.
Also, the phone comes at a high price as the users can get phones like OnePlus 5 and Honor 9 with similar features for a lot less price. Therefore, it might be a bit difficult for us to recommend the Nokia 8 over them.