Is Nokia’s latest a win?
With HMD Global now taking over the Nokia brand, the company aims to bring back the iconic brand back to the smartphone market. But there’s a twist – gone are the simple devices that made Nokia famous. Instead, it is shifting its focus on Android-powered devices that can offer high-end performance at an affordable price.
That’s exactly what the Nokia 8 is. It’s a high-end device in terms of specifications that include a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage along with a dual lens camera. There’s even a 5.3-inch quad HD display that supports about 700 nits of brightness that’s enough to us the Nokia 8 in direct sunlight.
The matte finish on the exteriors of the Nokia 8 easily give it a premium feel and even if it didn’t follow the likes of the LG G6 or the Samsung Galaxy S8’s taller screens, I can still comfortably use the smartphone in one hand. Volume rockers and the power switch are located on the sides while the home button also includes a fingerprint sensor. The Nokia 8 also charges via a USB-C port.
The LCD display’s 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution is vibrant and crisp, making it ideal for watching videos or even seeing images in high resolution. While it won’t be in the same levels as the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the 4K display of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, it’s a bright and capable display that easily makes it a standout.
The Nokia 8 runs on a stock version of Android Nougat and it’s a welcome move that they’ve decided to keep the interface free from bloatware and other unnecessary changes. It also means that the Nokia 8 is able to get updates faster from Google, maybe at par with how Nexus and Pixel devices get updates. The top-of-the-line hardware coupled with the pure Android interface make up for a fast and smooth usage.
The dual cameras also does the job well. The dual 13-megapixel camera lens is made up of an RGB lens and a monochrome lens. Similar to the Huawei devices recently released, the camera on the Nokia 8 takes relatively decent shots especially in sunlight. Low light images tend to suffer though.
Nokia has also introduced a new concept called ‘Bothie’ that lets you use the front and rear cameras simultaneously to capture a shot from both sides at the same time. Similar features have appeared on other smartphones, but Nokia is clearly marketing this as a major feature.
The 3,090 mAh battery gave us enough juice to use the Nokia 8 for a normal work day and at times it even managed to last from sunrise to sunset. We would have liked if it supported wireless charging, but it’s not a deal breaker.
Probably the best aspect of the Nokia 8 is the price. While the Nokia 8 retails for about 599 Euros (2,647 AED), surprisingly local pricing for the smartphone is only 1,699 AED here in the UAE. This prices it at par with the OnePlus 5 which offer similar features and hardware.
Overall the Nokia 8 doesn’t have anything particular or unique in terms of features, but with that price and specifications it stands out as one of the best Android smartphones out there.