Last year, Nokia has finally returned to the smartphone industry with a bunch of their new smartphones running on the Android OS. The Nokia 8 is the brand’s mainstream smartphone equipped with flagship-level specifications that can surely compete with other brands flagship phones. But it seems that the Nokia 8 has been underrated and it didn’t win the heart of most Filipinos. Here’s our thoughts and opinion about it.
Nokia 8 Specs:
- 5.3-inch screen IPS LCD 1440 x 2560 pixels (~554 ppi)
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
- Adreno 540 graphics
- 64GB internal memory
- 4GB RAM
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- Dual 13MP cameras with Carl Zeiss optics, PDAF, OIS, dual LED flash
- 13 MP fixed-focus
- Android 8.0 (Oreo)
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type C, Fingerprint Scanner,
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 3,090 mAh battery
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
The Nokia 8 looks very sturdy and durable smartphone. It has no sharp edges making it very smooth to hold. Its small display also helps on making it just fit specially for people who have small hands.
It has a fingerprint scanner on the front panel along with the capacitive navigation buttons but compared to those on the other phones, the one on the Nokia 8 is narrower and looks smaller.
“While other flagship phones have their own wow-factor, the Nokia 8 seems to lack on that part.”
Even though this device is not equipped with a nearly bezel-less display, it still stands out for having a 2K resolution display. The colors on the screen are vibrant and and the details are sharp.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
The Nokia 8 is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM. Aside from that, it is now running on the latest Android Oreo version. No wonder that it can handle most tasks without experiencing any lags.
Sample UI screenshots:
As said above, aside from having the latest OS version and a stock Android UI, Nokia also guaranteed its user to experience up-to-date and frequent updates for the improvement of their devices.
Here are the results of the benchmarks that we have done:
- AnTuTu – 171198
- Slingshot Extreme – 3472
- Work 2.0 Performance – 5064
- Geekbench – 1915 (single-core) / 6099 (multi-core) / 8011 (rendering)
This device has a dual 13 MegaPixel rear camera shooter with f/2.0 aperture. The one is dedicated for shooting colored images and the other one is dedicated for shooting monochrome images. It also has an IR blaster which measures the depth for creating amazing bokeh-effect on the background when capturing on Depth Mode. Not to mention, it is also capable of shooting in 4K resolution. Aside from that, it has an audio feature called Ozo which lets you focus audio recording from different directions.
On its front, it also has a 13 MegaPixel selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture. It has a feature where you can use both the rear and front camera to shoot a single image which is some that Nokia has to improve or add some magical effects on it. Meanwhile, you can go live on Facebook or YouTube using this feature and that is what make sense since your audience could see what’s in front of you and your face while talking to them.
Here are some sample photos we have taken:
Back Camera (Good lighting)
Depth Effect Mode (Portrait Mode)
Depth Effect (Lowlight)
Auto vs HDR ON
Using both the rear and front cameras
Knowing that the Nokia 8 is only equipped with 3,090 mAh of battery despite of its high resolution display will make you think that it will not last that long on a heavy use. But as we use the device as our daily driver, we are so amazed on how sufficient its battery life is. It can last all day of moderate-to-heavy use while it can last up to 2 days without charging on a normal use like texting, answering calls, occasional playing of games, and some internet surfing.
It is glad to know that the most favorite phone brand on the past has finally returned to the smartphone industry. Even though Nokia has their own flagship device – the Nokia 8 which is equipped with the flagship specifications, it seems that it still having a hard time competing with other smartphone brands within its price range. Aside from having no nearly bezel-less display, no 18:9 aspect ratio, and other trendy stuffs last year, the Nokia 8 lacks on a wow-factor. But as we reviewed the device, few things that we commend are the battery life, superb depth effect on the rear cam, and smooth overall performance.
So what do you think? Are you getting the Nokia 8? Tell us in the comment section below.