Nokia 8 Review: Worthy Flagship?

by Vatsal Agrawal

Nokia 8 Review

Nokia has finally come up with its new range of smartphones after the downfall from the Lumia series. This time the naming convention goes straight by a number after the company’s name Nokia. These phones are made by HMD Global, a startup by ex-Nokia executives which got licensed to make phones under the Nokia brand name. They announced the new range of smartphones in the Mobile World Congress 2017, which took a while to come to India.
Nokia 8 comes with a price tag of Rs. 36,999 and is available in both online and offline markets. The phone comes in three colors: Steel, Tempered Blue, and Polished Blue.


The Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3” 2k (1440x2560px) display with 554PPI density which came out to be pretty good. The screen is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla glass 5 which claims to be one of the strongest screens in the market so far.
The display quality was top notch even under sunlight. The viewing angles were very good in the IPS panel.


The design of the phone was not so 2017-ish with big bezels on the top and bottom. The fingerprint sensor was located at the bottom, between the back button on the left and multitasking button on the right. The fingerprint sensor which also acts as a home button was a very fast response. On the top of the screen, we had the earpiece and the front-facing 13MP camera along with the proximity sensor.
On the back, we had the aluminum body with a dual 13MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and dual-tone LED flash.
On the top, we had the legacy 3.5 mm jack and on the bottom, we had the USB TYPE C (USB 3.1 Gen1) and the Nokia OZO spatial 360° audio which was pretty good.


The NOKIA 8 comes with stock Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with no bloatware whatsoever. The phone performed very good with 4GB RAM and stock android.
As it was running stock android, it is expected to receive the latest updates when it is available from Google. During our review, the phone was running Android 7.1.1 with Android Security Patch Level of 1st October 2017.


Here are a few snaps from the rear shooter:

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Housing a Snapdragon 835 processor, the NOKIA 8 scores on paper were impressive. But we did face some issues while playing Injustice 2, the game closed when the screen was locked and did face some longer loading times between levels. Other games ran fine.
The multi-tasking capability on the phone was good but not the best as we see in a flagship phone like Oneplus 5, Samsung Galaxy 8 or others. In other words, we expected better performance from the device because of the specs on paper.


The phone comes with 3090mah battery, which lasted for 15hrs after heavy multitasking (including gaming), streaming 1080p videos on YouTube and the always-on or the glance feature turned on. The phone’s battery is good for an average day-to-day user to a heavy multi-tasking dependent user.

Nokia 8
  • 6/10
    Design - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Display - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Software - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Camera - 7/10
  • 6.5/10
    Performance - 6.5/10
  • 8/10
    Battery - 8/10

With all said...

Nokia 8 packs a decent camera and speakers, the display is sufficiently bright but has noticeably large bezels. The fingerprint response wasn’t bad but not really super fast. The 3.5mm jack is there. Software problems like games closing sometimes when screen turns off are a bit disturbing.
We prefer choosing other phones over this in this price range if speakers and camera are not a priority.

Nokia 8 is available for Rs. 36,999 and comes in Polished Blue, Tempered Blue and Steel comour options.

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