Nokia 8: A well timed flagship
Built in partnership with Zeiss and Google, the Nokia 8 from HMD Global makes sure that the phone still shares the same gene of the legendary Finnish company. Nokia 8 stands out to be a distinctive flagship phone with its quality, simplicity and reliability.
While brands like Samsung, LG and others are adding more frills to their flagships these days, Nokia 8 stands out by being a phone first, and other things later. Built like a tank from 6000 series machined aluminum, the Nokia 8 is surely one of the most reliable and durable flagships in the market at this moment.
The Nokia 8 borrows its design from the old Lumia lineup. There are no gimmicks, but just a simple flat block form factor. The entire chassis is machined from a 6000-series aluminum without any joints. The body also has an IP54 splash resistance. Since the reveal of Nokia 6, the HMD Global has been pretty vocal and proud of their manufacturing process. Even though Samsung and Apple uses 7000 series aluminum to prevent phones from bending, Nokia has a 40-stage process of machining and anodizing each phone.
On the rear, the phone has a vertical dual camera setup, a laser focus module and a dual tone flash, all arranged in line – simple yet classy. Even though most phones are leaving bezels aside now, Nokia 8 comes with top and bottom bezels in the front. It also makes the phone a lot easier to handle. The 5.3-inch screen seems a little small compared to most flagships, but not everyone wants a large phone. On the top, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, the bottom has a speaker grille and a Gen 1 USB-C port that can deliver up to 18 watts of power.
The Nokia 8 is powered by Snapdragon 835 – the choice of processors for flagship devices. Because it’s running a pure Android 7.1.1, performance is at par with the top-notch phones – including OnePlus 5 or the Moto Z2 Force. The phone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Another variant is also there with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. What’s really noticeable is how cool the device runs. Nokia built heat pipes and graphite shielding into the device to make sure that it does not become uncomfortable to use.
Now, coming to the camera, the HMD – Zeiss partnership could not have come in a better time. The dual camera setup with f/2.0 Zeiss lenses, a 13MP 1.12µm pixel pitch color sensor and a 13MP 1.55µm pixel pitch monochromatic sensor, the phone can take photos with great detail across all tones. Nokia only included their own camera app, leaving everything else as the stock Android apps.
Another great feature that Nokia also offers is the option to use the front and the back camera together. It records in a split screen mode, and what’s more interesting is the ability to live stream on social media using the picture-in-picture mode.
4K video recording with OIS and with 360-degree directional audio recording using OZO Audio enhancements provide exceptionally good video quality. The recorded directional audio is way ahead of most flagships in market.
Nokia tried to make the picture in picture mode for the camera the selling point of the phone. They also coined the term #Bothie for it. Nokia 8 is a great option for those who actively use social media and for content creators, who needs a fast, reliable, simple and customizable phone with no performance on compromises. Nokia 8 is also the only flagship device that does not come with any software gimmicks. The company will also be one of the firsts to roll out Android 8 when it arrives.