Nokia 8 – Full Review and Specifications


Nokia is still famous for its quality, trust, ease, and dependability. It is the longest standing phone of 90’s and still has the same properties. This brand new Nokia8 phone is built by Foxconn for HMD in affiliation with Zeiss and Google. However, it’s still a Finnish brand despite all that mixing etc. which we think is for recreating the old Nokia magic with hi-tech involved. We won’t be complaining about starters, and definitely would like to try this new attraction!

The Nokia8 is the first-beauty of this new affiliation with Zeiss. While HMD was promoting Nokia8, it was obvious that camera is going to be something different. We do admit that HMD has targeted the video-chat, going viral-tradition of the people these days. We get a camera phone with its own division of OZO. This was brought in to modify and design the microphones, along with getting the algorithms of the mobile.

Scanning Nokia 8

When you touch this beauty, it does bring back the memories of the metal- decent, Nokia N8 and its splendid camera. However there’s no time for longing now, the prospect of the brand is right at the front and we can hope for some amazing results.

Body: 6000 series aluminum, IP54 splash-resistant
Screen: A 5.3″ IPS LCD, QHD resolution (554ppi), 700 nit’s brightness; Gorilla Glass 5; Always on Display.
OS: Android 7.1 Nougat (mostly standard)
Platform: Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (microSD card-opening); 6GB / 128GB on the Sophisticated Blue model
Main camera: two 13MP sensors (color + monochrome), 1.12µm pixels, Zeiss lens with f/2.0 aperture; OIS on the color sensor, Laser and phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
Video: 4K video capture, 360° spatial edging sound with 3 microphones; YouTube and Facebook live streaming.
Selfie camera: 13MP sensor, 1.12µm pixels, Zeiss lens with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus
Connectivity: single and dual SIM versions; Cat. 9 LTE (450/50Mbps), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, ANT+, USB-C 3.1 (5Gbps)
Battery: 3,090mAh, Quick Charge 3.0 (18W)
Misc.: Fingerprint reader, indefinite Google Photos storage

General Talk
4K video is on-shoot with the camera obviously and you can Livestream it to YouTube and Facebook also. Picture-in-picture mode is a unique feature, and it shows footage from both front and back cameras at the same time. Now, that is something you call LIVE! This feature allows you to tell “both sides of the story”, without a doubt –Remarkable indeed!

External Overview

Nokia 8 has an aluminum and glass body and offers IP54 resistance at peak. We think that HMD did make it a bit small for a flagship –as maximum Android phones are past a 5.3″ screen, for starters. Though, we know some people will love it for being small, not everyone opts for a large headset.

You get Qualcomm for the Snapdragon 835 chipset and Google for the software accountabilities. In fact, HMD and Nokia rigged with some internals aspects, like the camera image and audio dispensation. Nevertheless, you do get an Android OS right out of factory which is great. As, this will get you all the new updates faster, as soon as they start to roll out.

First Impression Is The Last!

Our first impression of the phone was a mix. Not so down –not so high either, if you look at the availability aspects. As HMD did air that the Nokia 8 units are already shipping to stores internationally, however, this will start in September. Thus, we do have to wait till then. The worldwide price is €600, which is quite affordable, and we agree not much is asked. The bad news is that the US might get left out of the launch as of now, but China may get some special consideration for the launching period. This is still to be confirmed with HMD, and we will have you posted.

The best part is that we did like hearing that “updates will be quick” as HMD didn’t modify much on the Android OS part.  Here, we can say that the Pixel is due for some rivalry and the Nokia 6 didn’t quite make a chance.

Millennial Approach!
We get to see that HMD is targeting the millennial group. This is for the millennial content creators with the Nokia 8, an influential group to make some powerful changes for the corporation. Nonetheless, are they old enough to take into account the splendor days of Nokia is what concerns us.

Hardware Outline

You get some polish-matte finishes. Do note that the Polished Blue and Polished Copper models can take-up-to 20 hours to reach their high-shine mirror texture. Also, the matte Steel and Tempered Blue varieties have to go over a 40-stage system of the same process.

It is a 6000 series aluminum with a final form of 7.9mm thickness. This also includes a delicate mutable radius curvature on the mobile. However, both Apple and Samsung progressed to the additional firm 7000 series to keep headsets from bending. But, did HMD design the metal-casing strong enough to avoid that? The corporation does assertion that it procured aluminum “to the next level”, and we’re prepared to give them the chance to prove it.  The reason to do so is the perfect build feature of the Nokia 6 mobile series.

Weight & Panel Overview

HMD got us the IPS LCD. It’s a 5.3″ panel, slightly compact than the Nokia 6’s VDT. It is sharp, with QHD resolution. Which is of 1,440 x 2,560px, at max. It is also bright, with 700 nits at max. The upper bezel outfits the 13MP selfie camera, which has a Zeiss lens and auto-focus.The bottom bezel lines the fingerprint reader and capacitive keys. You also notice the Gorilla Glass 5 with chamfered edges to guard the screen. Here, the keys and camera are on the front.

The 7.9mm is the measurement at its thickest point for Nokia8. Which, later curves to 4.6mm on the edges. There’s also the smallest of the camera bump at the back – it’s just 0.4mm but it’s still there. Being just 160g, the phone strikes a worthy balance amid being well-made and keeping bulk in form.

Touching around the rear, there’s the dual camera and the Zeiss logo is viewable. However, let’s time-out the camera details for well along into our review. Let’s just cover certain internal particulars first.

Internal Details Of Nokia8

The antenna location is related to the old Nokia 5. There’s an antenna on the topmost, and the additional one on the bottom most part of the phone. This lets the mobile to fine-tune to your grasp since you can’t wedge both antennas at the same time. Though, HMD claims this increases reception and goes laid-back on the battery part, but, we are not sure how they came to the said conclusion. Nevertheless, once you try this out, let us know your feedback.

The Snapdragon 835 chipset is Nokia’s and Qualcomm’s joint working. This is to ensure that the Snapdragon 835 chipset can handle live streaming from two cameras in a chorus. In the direction of retaining the chip in highest shape, HMD did employee a heat pipe and a graphite guard to pull the heat off from the phone.

However, our main thought was the improvement or upgrading of the water resistance. Currently, it’s IP54, which is a dust and splash resistance only. And by all means, doesn’t feel fit for the new device. We did think that maybe HMD will try to beat the competition of other brands, like Samsung, Apple, Sony, HTC, or LG. As they all are offering IP67 and something above it at present.

Headphone Jack & USB Port Specifics

You get the 3.5mm headphone jack with Nokia8. However, the Nokia Active Wireless Headset also got unveiled along with the Nokia 8 by HMD. The new headset comes with an identical design machined-out of aluminum, and with water and dust resistance too.Perhaps you’ll want to skip wires altogether. Plus if not, there’s similarly a USB-C port on the bottom most part of the phone. Though, it’s a Gen 1 port, 5Gbps – if you must know.

The USB port also carries up-to 18W of power to the battery, cheers to the new Quick Charge 3.0. The battery has 3,090mAh volume, which is not massive but not deprived either if that’s what you are concerned for.

Performance At A Glance

The brand-new Nokia 8 is power-driven by Snapdragon 835 as you already know. This is one-fine chipset of choice for an Android front-runner. The model we used as a benchmark has a 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage in total.On the other hand, the Polished Blue model has a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, if you are thinking of buying it.

Nokia 8 is running an unalloyed Android 7.1.1, obviously. However, the Android O is in “forward-looking stages of expansion”, therefore, this mobile is the first headset to get the aforementioned. We still let it strive in the standards, more for diversity than so forth. However, the Nokia 8 can go head-to-head with the top leading phone, sadly, the 6 can’t really beat them.

On the other hand, HMD did some really cool-stuff with the Nokia 8 running. The heat pipe and graphite guard are doing some effort, as we re-ran numerous tests in fast-chain and the phone didn’t even feel warm, let alone being heated.Genuinely, we can’t tell where the chipset is by touch, as the phones which do get heated-up do let us know the exact location.

Camera& Zeiss Information

Despite the fact that Nokia 8 runs mostly with the original android, but there’s one foremost mission – Nokia did write the camera app this time. Besides, this is awesome and yes we’re glad to hear it. A reason is that Google did show that every now and then, an awesome app can shoot superior photos than those innovative dual cameras of the era.

Therefore, back to Nokia 8, it does have two cameras, all the same. Both of these cameras do feature 13MP sensors sitting right behind the Zeiss lens for more quality. One of the sensor does shoot in the black & white image. But, the other shoots in color, and also has the optical image stabilization feature.

On 1.12µm, the pixels aren’t the biggest, and the f/2.0 aperture isn’t the liveliest. Though, the Google Pixel had an f/2.0 lens. It also had some large pixels at 1.55µm, but still it required-OIS, and yet no black & white camera to help-out in the dim light.

With Nokia8, the second camera will aid with bokeh special effects, excluding any zooming competencies. Nevertheless, the 13MP selfie-camera also has an f/2.0 Zeiss lens and similar size pixels also. Discussing both cameras have the Dual-Sight. And, this is something that HMD calls as the feature that syndicates video from the front and rear cameras in actual-time if you must know.

The “Bothie” Approach
Incidentally, the company did try to cash the term “bothie” for a joint photo from both cameras. Though, we are not so huge fans of it, but, still, some of you may like the new approach.

At any rate, Zeiss is one big name in the camera business but due know the tenderfoot called OZO? It is best known for Nokia’s absurd360° VR camera, the team identifies a few notable things about sound and the Nokia 8 aided from that learning.

The mobile phone features three high-vibrant series of microphones and the identical audio soundtrack procedures as the immense OZO camera in track. The outcome is an overwhelming 360° edging resonance. Though we agree it’s of better-quality, still, exclusive codes are delivered for binaural audial features. You get to create a much more genuine sound with vibrant directionality if you know how to use it correctly.

However, for our review, we did use the 0Dual Sight option, and the outcomes are terrific. The image excellence of the selfie camera looks star-studded, but we uncovered that the subsequent image is 8MP only. We are not sure, about it but how can you combine the photos from two 13MP cameras and end-up with an 8MP picture?And over, as you have to yield both shots instantaneously, framing is delicate. HMD, it could have been quite easier if you had given us the choice to take the photograph in two steps. The camera of the Nokia 8 can generate black & white photos also. But, with all this, we are still not impressed.

Conclusion & Wrap-up

By all means, we are very much excited with the New Nokia 8. The Nokia 8 is a phenomenon phone. And, we do agree that HMD did the iconic trademark some real justice. HMD has tried to stand on all possibilities, and there’s no distrust that Nokia even now has it when it hails to image and audial features. Despite being a newcomer, the Nokia 8 doesn’t stew out of its depths. You get an organized, self-reliant, enduring and equipped mobile as a result.

It has the best IPS LCDs accessible on the show. Though AMOLED may have operated well for advertising, but not every person is a fan of the hard-hitting palette. And, yes it’s very hard to find faults with the class-leading VDT HMD furnished. The pure and no-nonsense design is one more thing that we did like about the 8. The design-language, kind of fits with what Nokia brand is famous for – durability!

Overall, the new camera is the best, and we are sure you are going to love it too!

By all means, Nokia and the Android edition lives up to the values of the 808 PureView and the N8 aspect. Briefly, HMD did everything right in the camera section. The image quality is impressive, the specs are as applicable as they can come to be, and the additional features are up-to-the-minute. You also get color, monochrome, daylight, or nighttime, in all the shots with the Nokia 8. At the same time, the selfies are also of the top score. HMD also gave the selfie-outlet an out-and-out camera, with the similar premium treatment as the primary camera.

The company, HMD also worked with Nokia’s OZO union, to succeed the class-leading audio for the Nokia 8’s videos also. You can also live stream on both cameras, which may be a dream come-true for many.The only regret is that these 4K videos could have been sharper and alleviated, instead of being just average. Let us know what do you think about this new development of HMD, and if you got the Nokia 8 as your new phone?