With the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Quad-HD Display and ZEISS Optics powering the 3 Camera this thing has, the Nokia 8 is definitely an example of a Company pushing out all the stops and making a Flagship phone with all the strengths they’re known for, and that’s awesome.
The last time we had a flagship from Nokia was 2014, and it sure as heck wasn’t running Android out of the box. The Windows Phone powered Lumia 930 was an incredible Smartphone, however that bottleneck which came with running Windows Phone really didn’t take long to affect it from being an incredibly designed Smartphone with one of the best Cameras of the year, to being, sure all those things still but, a phone still running Windows Phone.
We were massive Windows Phone fans, and yes we know it’s still alive, yeah yeah keep telling yourself that, let’s be completely real, Windows Phone would have never reached any peak if it wasn’t for Nokia’s brand, though we will admit an Android Nokia back then would never have garnered success so the Company had to step out of the box, but that was then and this is now, a fully spec-packed Android flagship is here, and it’s by Nokia! …kind of.
Just like the Nokia 3, 5 and 6, which have been announced this year, the device is being made by a Company known as HMD Global, which whilst are a Finnish Company like Nokia themselves, they are new, though we’re confident based on devices so far that this will still keep up that Nokia DNA.
One thing we are a big fan of when it comes to the Nokia 8 is the design, this thing looks great, with its 6000 series aluminium finish, whether you go for the Glossy or Matte Dark Blue options, the new disgusting trend of Glossy Copper or the Matte Silver, you know you’ve got a fantastic Smartphone, HOWEVER, their is a big elephant in the room when it comes to the Nokia 8, but just like with the HTC U11 and the Xperia XZ Premium, we don’t care but you might!
Of course we’re talking about the Bezels! I know, how dare anything from 2017 dare have any Bezels … we don’t quite get the big uproar about it, but if you’re one of those really affected by that, one we’d say grow up, but naturally this phone isn’t for you, which will be a shame as you’ll have a workable 16:9 aspect ratio and a gorgeous 5.3 inch 2560 x 1440 Display with Gorilla Glass 5 and 600-nits of brightness to keep your content alight. However, the rumoured Nokia 9 is expected to address those wishes, so watch this space you Bezel-less hungry lot, where we’re with you is naturally a 5.3 inch screen is where it begins to get a bit big, thankfully there’s next to nothing left to right.
In a 100 percent no surprise way, Nokia have gone all out in the Camera department, and this is what will naturally get a lot excited, and will likely sell the majority of these as once again, partnering with ZEISS means you will be getting a premiere Camera experience. The Rear Cameras, there’s two of em, work in a similar way to the Moto Z2 Force, in that one is Black and White, and the other is normal, then together they work to create the more crisper image. What’s more amazing is that the same 13MP Camera with OIS, AutoFocus and 4K Capture is also on the Front of the device, which is very Rare but incredible!
With the same Quality potential for Video on both sides of the Phone, Nokia have decided to use this as their fad to sell the devices, promoting a new wait for it “BOTHIE” Camera experience. We honestly can’t think of many uses for this. though naturally with 4K potential from each side, it could be useful for vlogging, though we find it, like most, as just a small fad you’ll try on day one and never again. The videos you do record from the Nokia 8 can also be directly streamed to Facebook Live from the Camera app.
Our favourite feature of the Nokia 8 however, is what we loved about the Google Pixel, it’s a pure Google phone in it’s Android experience. Nokia are promising updates as soon as possible, including feature updates and security, as well as Android O first thing! This is probably the biggest incentive their is to have this as an option, plus if you’re a fan of the Google Pixel Launcher, that’s, more or less, what’s on the Nokia 8 as well.
We don’t normally spout specs out, but we’ve had so much to talk about the rest of this phone, the nitty-gritty can all go here.
- 5.3 inch Quad-HD IPS Display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- 4GB RAM (Silver, Matte Blue and Copper) OR 6GB RAM (Glossy Blue)
- 64GB Internal (Silver, Matte Black and Copper) OR 128GB (Glossy Blue)
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with promised quick and thorough updates
- 13MP Dual-Camera Setup with Dual-Tone Flash / IR + 13MP Single Front Camera with Display Flash, all capable of 4K
- USB-C 3.1 with Flash Charging Support
- YES IT HAS A 3.5mm HEADPHONE JACK
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- 3,090mAh Battery
- Fingerprint Scanner, NFC, WiFI AC, Bluetooth 5, the usual
- (Splash proof) IP53
Price and Availability
€599, UK Pricing unclear for now.