reader comments 40 The Nokia 8 here in the "Tempered Blue" finish. Mark Walton There's a dual-camera system with Zeiss optics. Mark Walton Here's the Nokia 8 next a Google Pixel. Mark Walton And here's the "Polished Blue" version. Mark Walton The Nokia 8 isn't a particularly thin phone, but at 7.9mm is more than comfortable. Mark Walton The Nokia 8 features a 5.3-inch, IPS, QHD display. Mark Walton SPECS AT A GLANCE: NOKIA 8SCREEN5.3-inch 2560×1440 IPSOSAndroid 7.1.1CPUOcta-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, up to 2.45GHzRAM4GBGPUAdreno 540STORAGE64GB (expandable with microSD card)NETWORKING802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFCBANDSGSM: 850/900/1800/1900WCDMA: 1, 2, 5, 8TDS-CDMA: 34, 39LTE:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41PORTS1x USB 3.1 Type-CCAMERARear: 13MP (Colour + OIS) + 13MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, 76.9˚, PDAF, IR, Zeiss optics.Front: 13MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4˚, display flashSIZE151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm (camera bump 0.4mm)WEIGHT160gBATTERY3090 mAh, Quick Charge 3.0STARTING PRICE€600 (~£550/$570)OTHER PERKSSplashproof IP54, fingerprint sensor, Dual-Sight streaming, Ozo Audio
Just when you thought we were done with so-called Android "flagship" phones for the year—what with the likes of the HTC U 11, LG G6, OnePlus 5, and Samsung Galaxy S8 already on the market—along comes Nokia with another.
The Nokia 8, just like every other flagship Android phone, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. It has a QHD screen, 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, and the obligatory dual-camera setup, complete with branded optics from long-term partner Zeiss. Priced at €600 (UK price TBC, but probably £550) and due for release in September worldwide (except the US), the Nokia 8 is about as exciting as its generic aluminium body and by-the-numbers spec sheet suggests—but perhaps that's the point.
After all, finding a reliable, well-built Android phone with few software modifications and a reasonable price tag is harder than it once was. OnePlus, a company that stuck it to the man building high-end phones at mid-range prices, has succumbed to the inevitabilities of big business and raised its prices. Motorola, now in the hands in Lenovo, continues to mess around with so-so modularity. Google got greedy.
At 7.9mm at its thickest point, tapering out to 4.6mm at the edges, the Nokia 8 has a comfortable curved back reminiscent of the HTC U 11. It even comes in similarly flashy "Polished Copper" and "Polished Blue" finishes, albeit with an exterior of solid aluminium instead of needlessly fragile glass. The metal body—which is bordered by volume and power buttons on the right, and combination SIM card and microSD card slot on the left—curves onto the crisp 5.3-inch, IPS, QHD display. It's surrounded by thick black bezels and flanked by a Nokia logo and old-school capacitive back and menu buttons, which look hopelessly dated in a market of micro-bezels and on-screen buttons.
A swift fingerprint reader sits at the bottom of the Nokia 8—which, according to Nokia's user research, is the preferred position—below which is a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port for data transfer and charging. Inside is a 3090mAh battery good for around a full day of use. Mercifully, there's a 3.5mm headphone jack too.