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A solid first try on Android Flagships

A long time ago, Nokia was a household name in the world, thanks to its great feature of smartphones and phones, but it disappeared when its efforts with Windows 10 Mobile did not come to fruition under the command of Microsoft. Now, the Finnish company HMD Global, which bought the rights to the Nokia brand, is reappearing with its first Android flagship. Yes, we are talking about the Nokia 8.

The company already made its return to competition in early 2017 with the Nokia 6, but has since followed up the launch with a series of mid-range devices. The Nokia 8 is their first and true effort to provide their loyal fan base, craving a definitive Android experience, Nokia's first Android flagship. Mixed with nostalgia, we are taking a closer look at whether the Nokia 8 lives up to the flagship hype or not. And should you be your next daily driver?

Budget

Before talking about the intricate details of the Nokia 8, here's a brief look at the full specs of this flagship device:

Dimensions151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm
Weight160 g (5.64 oz)
Monitor5.3 "QuadHD IPS LCD screen with resolution (2560 x 1440) and density of ~ 554 ppi
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835 (Octa-core, 4 x 2.5 GHz Kyro + 4 x 1.8GHz Kryo CPU)
GPUAdreno 540
RAM4GB / 6GB
Storage64GB / 128GB, expandable up to 256GB through MicroSD card slot
Primary cameraDual 13 MP ZEISS lenses, color (OIS) + mono with f / 2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, IR range finder, dual-tone flash
Secondary chamber13 MP single camera with f / 2.0 aperture and flash screen
Battery3090mAh, non-removable
OSAndroid 7.1.1 Turrn
SensorsAmbient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint Sensor, Hall Sensor, Barometer
ConnectivityDual SIM (nano) slots, USB Type-C 3.1, 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (MIMO), Bluetooth 5, GPS / AGPS, GLONASS, NFC ANT +
ColorsPolished blue, tempered blue, steel, polished copper
Price 36, 999

What's in the box

HMD Global, the Finnish company behind the Nokia brand renaissance, does not plan to lose the brand even with the Nokia 8's retail packaging. Still continues to feature the well-known "Connecting People" logo, where people are seen. holding hands to connect with each other. Looking at the inside of the Nokia 8 case, we get:

  • Nokia 8 (Polished Blue)
  • Charging adapter
  • USB Type-C charging cable
  • headphones on ear
  • Quick Guide
  • SIM ejector tool

Design and build quality

Even when Nokia is returning to the smart phone market after years, the Finnish brand continues to maintain the quality standards that we expect of them. The Nokia 8 is no less and has a sophisticated design with curved glass that covers the entire body. The relationship screen-body of the 5.3-inch screen, which drops about 69.4%, does not compare when compared to current trend without bevel. Smartphones like Mi Mix 2 and Samsung Galaxy S8 from Xiaomi have adopted large 18: 9 displays to provide screen-to-body ratios in the 80% range. It is a great disappointment and I would have preferred a smaller top, as well as the lower chins, but the Nokia 8's QuadHD display makes up for it.

Recalling the time when I first held the Nokia 8, I instantly fell in love with the feeling of having this device. The minimal device footprint, combined with round corners, makes it easy to grip and use with one hand . It is so comfortable to choose and use the Nokia 8. The device is splash and dust proof IP54, which is a huge disappointment from HMD Global.

The polished blue gold also contributed to my attraction to the device, although is a important fingerprint magnet and tends to slip out of my sweaty palm quite often . You can dock this with the camera bumper on the back to make a lot of annoying design options but they're not a deciding factor. You can live with them due to classy construction.

Find that the fingerprint scanner, which is not the fastest I have seen on a phone, has been placed at the front. It doubles as a start button and located in the center of the capacitive backup and multitasking buttons . The power and volume buttons, however, are clickable, but they feel really brittle and soft to the touch. I'm not the greatest fan of buttons, but I can do it because Nokia 8 includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, the only thing we still use on a daily basis.

The Nokia 8's sleek glass body may catch your eye, but the lightweight design and smallest footprint take it all. I have been using the iPhone 8 Plus for quite some time and it is much larger than the Nokia flagship, both in terms of weight and size. Even though the two devices are in a different price range, he was comparing them because they both introduced glass backs to their latest flagship device.

Monitor

Despite the Nokia 8 not meeting our edge-to-edge screen desires, sports an impressive 5.3-inch Quad HD LCD (2560 x 1440 pixels) to make up for the same. It translates to an impressive pixel density of ~ 554 dpi, which seems appropriate for a flagship device in this box. The color reproduction of the display panel is at the point and not saturated at all like the Galaxy S8 screen .

I wish HMD Global had opted for an OLED panel for its first Nokia flagship, but I have no qualms against the IPS LCD panel that is included in the Nokia 8. It is because the company has not compromised on the quality of the display. on this star device that matches any top LED display . The colors shown are quite bright (they stand out), the blacks look really black, and the screen remains quite readable even in sunlight. During my time with the device, its screen turned out to be one of the highlights of the Nokia 8 and could help you overcome the tough competition you face against the likes of Mi Mix 2 and OnePlus 5 in your price range.

User interface

Since the Android ecosystem is already too fragmented, Nokia must have decided to step on the market with a Android experience almost similar to that of stocks . The Nokia 8 comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with no skins, customizations, feature sets, or even bloatware.

This is an important reason why I suggest you choose the Nokia 8 as your next daily driver. Do not not only experience the best Android experience, but also receive the latest software updates sooner than most devices available on the market. It offers a clean and responsive Android experience with minimal change to just icons and added an active display function, similar to the one available on your Microsoft devices.

The strategy of providing a vanilla Android experience, it may well be said, is similar to that adopted by Motorola. The former, however, hasn't added anything new to Android's core offering, while the latter did include some additional features, such as Moto Assist, that were useful to users. I'd rather see the work HMD Global to improve software on Nokia devices in the near future.

HMD Global has already Android 8.0 Oreo beta update released for Nokia 8 to collect comments. I am using this beta version of Android on my Nokia device and it still works without problems, except in the camera application that still has poor performance. If you want to install Android Oreo beta on your Nokia 8, you can know how to do the same here.

Performance / Benchmarks

Speaking of performance, the Nokia 8 packs the internals to match any of the iconic devices released in 2017. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset, where four cores are synchronized at a maximum frequency of 2.5 GHz while the other four cores have a clock speed of 1.8 GHz. And it is shown because the Nokia 8 is neither delayed nor noticed any drop of frames when using the device. May choose between two variants of RAM + internal device storage, that is to say , 4 GB of RAM + 64 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM + 128 GB of storage. He was using the previous configuration and is defeated by the OnePlus 5 in terms of pure specs.

If we turn our attention to reference points, the Nokia 8 does not disappoint and Scores 173, 505 on Antutu . This is comparable to most flagship devices, including its competitors Mi Mix 2 and OnePlus 5. It even tries to go a long way to challenge market leader Samsung and others in terms of numbers. I also did a CPU Geekbench test and all the results are attached below.

Antutu benchmark result

While playing on the Nokia, most of the games ran smoothly and I found no lag. But I noticed that the rear of device started to warm up a little when I was playing, but the heat dissipated minutes after I stopped. This happened almost instantly because Nokia has upgraded internal components to include a copper tube as it helps dissipate internal heat when heavy applications are running.

The Android almost available on the Nokia 8 also worked smoothly to camera application exception . The only important category for which the Nokia brand was known is to suffer on this device due to the shutter lag in the camera application. It was there in the official software and has not been improved in the Oreo beta yet. I hope Nokia improves the same to make Nokia 8 one of the best smart phones at its price.

Geekbench benchmark result

Cameras

The Nokia brand made its return with a simple camera module earlier this year, but HMD Global is reviving the Nokia legacy that we remember with its flagship device. Nokia 8 follows the current trend by including a dual rear camera setup and also brings one of its older partners, Carl Zeiss, back on the circuit. With Nokia 8, you get dual 13 megapixel lenses on the back, but not similar to the iPhone's dual-camera setup. Instead, you get a regular RGB sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a monochrome sensor, both with f / 2.0 aperture that is not fully seated and placed vertically in the center of the body.

And trust me when I say this, the image quality on the Nokia 8 is just wonderful, as the monochrome sensor helps add great detail to it. The images are quite sharp and a bit cooler compared to some of its competitors. The same goes for photos that are clicked overnight, but it's not the best. While the clickable images are great, it sometimes overexposes things in front of the lens. These are some of the samples of the camera:

In addition to the beautiful color rendering, the Nokia 8's dual rear camera setup is also capable of shooting with either lens. May to choose capture an image only in color or in monochrome mode, where the latter shines. The Mono sensor gives you more room to explore your creativity and click photos on black and white easily.

The Nokia 8 may include Android, but the camera application has been redesigned, which is not the best idea, since there is a shutter lag minor but remarkable It can spoil the fun of clicking images. The device also comes with two prominent modes i.e.Live Bokeh and Bothie, to make users feel more attracted to the camera. Meanwhile he it works in a similar way to iPhone Portrait mode first Y add a decent blur around your topic in real time, the second allows you to click an image with the front and back simultaneously . It allows you to capture both your scenic beauty and your reaction to it, but it's just a trick that Can be used while broadcasting live from the camera app .

Nokia 8 Live Bokeh
Nokia 8 Bothie shows

Continuing, the videos created with the Nokia 8 provide great detail and are so stable only because of the OIS included in the main camera lens. Both the rear and 13-megapixel front cameras are capable of recording 4K video And the OZO audio experience further enhances the experience, which you can read below.

If you don't plan to buy the Nokia 8 due to the shutter lag in the camera app or the not-so-low-light performance right now, HMD Global plans to introduce its old but intuitive Lumia camera app to its Android devices in the near future.

Telephone and audio

The audio department of the Nokia 8 has been greatly improved, thanks to the significant help of the people from the former parent company. Nokia 8 comes with support for Experience of Nokia OZO 360-degree spatial audio and the sound is sharp and loud. It doesn't even compromise on quality, but I would have loved to see the stereo speaker that HMD Global had included in the Nokia 6.

Me calling experience with nokia 8 was nothing short of perfect, to say the least. The sound from the earpiece was clear, without interruptions, crunches or anything. It wasn't too strong either, but the loud music from the bottom speaker gave me a headache, since the volume controls have fewer steps. So if I wanted to enjoy my music at 70% volume and then increase it a bit, well, I couldn't. It would only be too strong.

Nokia 8 hasn't taken a step toward digital audio adoption either. include the 3.5mm headphone jack on the device and it is the most satisfactory. Moving away from analog audio is going to be a slow and tedious process that shouldn't be a burden for consumers looking for a decently priced device with the most important specs. Most of the other phones with similar specs are already touching the huge $ 1000 price mark.

Connectivity

May use Nokia 8 as a single nano SIM device, along with a MicroSD card to increase storage space or as a device with a phone intelligent hybrid with dual nano SIM . I think 64GB integrated storage is more than enough (if you use Google Photos unlimited backup storage) and it would be feasible to use two SIM cards, one local and one international. The Nokia 8 includes LTE CAT 9 support for 24 network bands And the 4G network on my Vodafone number was solid and available most of the time.

The device also includes support for GPS and GLONASS, the Russian version of the global positioning system. You can even use the Nokia 8 ANT + NFC chip integration to pay for products in the department store, but it won't be of much use in India. HMD Global has also adopted the Standard USB Type-C 3.1 Quick Charge with the flagship.

In addition, Nokia 8 is also Compatible with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 standard, which is approximately twice as fast, eight times data throughput, and four times better range than its predecessor. This wireless standard is now being rapidly adopted, thanks to the improved connectivity experience. It allows connect more than one Bluetooth device to the smartphone, which means you no longer need to share the headphones with your friend. You can use your own on Nokia 8.

Battery and Charge

The Nokia 8 has a decent 3,090 mAh batteryIt may appear to be lacking on paper compared to its competitors, but the battery's performance is on par, if not the best. I have been using the Nokia 8 a lot for about a week and I can conclude that battery life is pretty average . The device will easily last you a full day for a combination of medium to heavy use, with a screen time of approximately 5 hours . I would need to charge the device at the end of the day, but I expected more from the first Nokia flagship.

Charging will not be a problem since Nokia 8 supports Quick Charge 3.0 and can charge device from 0 to 100 percent in less than 90 minutes . It means you can go back to what you were doing at the last moment. However, my biggest problem with the Nokia 8 here is that HMD Global could have included wireless charging on the device, but it was not, despite the fact that the Nokia 8 has a wonderful glass back panel. It could have been a major differentiating factor for Nokia among the iconic killer category.

Is it worth buying the Nokia 8?

Taking into account all the aspects that make a smart phone great, Nokia 8 reviews most of them. It is an excellent first flagship device, which marks the return of the once very popular Nokia brand, to the ecosystem of smart phones. Nokia 8 brings to the table a More refined and higher quality design, with smooth glass back, stock Android and 'Carl Zeiss' rear camera lens, at a decent price of 36,999. I am very impressed by the features packed by HMD Global in this device.

In this price range, the Nokia 8 will give serious competition to budget star devices, such as OnePlus 5 (starts at 32, 999) and Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2 (35, 999). Both the Nokia 8 and OnePlus 5 include dual rear camera configurations, but the former incorporates a monochrome lens to capture more detail, while the latter has a telescopic lens. This has helped improve image quality / color reproduction of images captured by the Nokia 8. The Mix 2, on the other hand, has an impressive 18: 9 screen, a beautiful and bright ceramic background that is attractive. I will give Xiaomi design team accessories for this device, but I still don't love the position of the front camera on the bottom.

I admit that the Nokia 8 has changed my perspective towards the flagships, since the appearance of the device in hand cannot be explained in mere words. Although the back of the glass may be a little slippery, the device is extremely comfortable to hold and use. The The only device that comes closest to the Nokia 8 in terms of quality and utility will have to be the OnePlus 5, since it is a star product without many tricks.

You won't miss out on anything you can't find on your competitors, except for a large 18: 9 screen whose quality doesn't resemble that of Nokia. My suggestion to you is that you can choose between the OnePlus 5 and the Nokia 8, if you are looking for a cheap device with the most important specifications . And the Mi Mix 2 will be your best choice in terms of design. The Nokia 8, however, can be considered a safe bet for the price of the flagship killer.

Pros:

  • Elegant and premium design.
  • Flagship Specifications
  • Super crisp LCD display, comparable to AMOLED
  • Great dual cameras
  • Above the average battery life, it supports fast charge 3.0
  • It offers exceptional performance for the price.

Cons:

  • Large bezels
  • Camera application suffers from annoying shutter lag
  • The back of the glass attracts fingerprints and is slippery

Nokia 8: an impressive first attempt at the Android flagship

If you had been waiting for the return of the closely treasured Nokia brand, this is the device you should buy. Nokia 8 is a beautifully built smart phone with a stunning and elegant glass design that you don't want to miss. The image is not only colorful, as this device has some shortcomings, but it is the first Android device with the Nokia brand that lives up to its flagship name. I give the Nokia 8 a thumbs up for those looking to get a powerful new Android device. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.