The Nokia 8 is quite old, being released in 2017. However, it looks and feels new. It rocks a full aluminum unibody. The aluminum is from the 6000 series, so it can handle a beating. Yes, the mobile is tough. However, it’s also very slippery and collects fingerprints as it’s shiny as well.
Its dimensions are 151.5 mm x 73.7 mm x 7.9 mm. We’re fans of slim handsets as they feel premium. The Nokia 8’s weight makes it feel good too. It is solid at 160 grams.
Be aware that it’s small, though. Its screen stretches 5.3 inches across.
The mobile is extra resistant as it has an IP54 rating. It can handle dunks.
Holding it for hours would be possible. Take a look at its sides, they are curved well.
The manufacturer made the buttons super tactile. They were also placed in easy-to-reach spots.
There isn’t a fingerprint sensor on its rear. There is one on its display, underneath the home button. If you’re expecting facial recognition, get ready to be disappointed.
We’re happy to say that it has a microSD slot. There’s a 3.5 mm headphone jack too. The latter is appreciated as a plethora of phones these days have been coming without the port.
What colours can you pick it up in? A tempered blue, polished blue, steel and polished copper are available. We’re the biggest fans of the copper choice – the colour is unusual.
The panel on its display is IPS LCD. If you’ve read our reviews before, you’d know that it doesn’t produce the most vibrant colours. Immersing in whatever you’re watching won’t be easy as the phone also has a small screen.
However, the glass on its front is durable. It is Gorilla Glass 5.
You’re met with adequate sharpness. Its resolution is 1440 x 2560 pixels.
As it has some major bezel action going on, it’s no surprise that it doesn’t have the best screen-to-body ratio. It is 69.4%.
It runs an old version of Android out of the box. How do you feel about Android 7.1.1? If it’s any consolation, you can upgrade its systems to Android 9.
However, this won’t be good enough. Android 11 is around these days. Between Android 9 and 11, there are several feature optimizations that you’re missing out on. The former is not as secure as its successor either.
We’re fans of the UI in Nokia phones. The manufacturer places Stock Android. This results in no bloatware.
The chipset housed is the powerful Snapdragon 835. It’s a chipset fit for a flagship, so it’ll handle whatever you throw at it. The RAM the phone comes with makes moving through its systems even easier. You’ll be picking it up with either 4 or 6 GB of memory. ROM-wise, you can pick it up with either 64 or 128 GB of space.
Onto its battery, there is a decent sized 3090 mAh unit inside. Expect the Nokia 8 to last a little over a day. As its width is narrow, it’s not shocking that a large battery wasn’t placed. No, its battery is non-removable.
You’ll be charging it through an 18 W fast charger plugged inside its USB-C port.
We are major fans of the camera set-up on the 8. Its rear consists of a 13 MP primary lens, along with a secondary 13 MP B/W sensor. Colour accurate and vibrant photos can be taken.
A powerful dual LED flash is present as well. It helps the phone take great shots in dim settings.
On its front, there is a single shooter. It is a 13 MP wide lens. Unfortunately, an LED sensor isn’t on it.
How much does it cost? The Nokia 8 is a former flagship, so it was an arm and a leg when it first launched. You can now pick it up for around Rs.27,000 island-wide. Considering its features, we think its price is worth it.
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