Nokia have seemingly been a dying breed in the smartphone industry ever since Apple introduced the first iPhone back in 2007. At one point, everyone seemed to have a Nokia. However, the slowly reducing market share that Nokia have in the smartphone sector has not put them off to continually push to make the best smarpthone possible. With this, Nokia seems to have ditched the un-impressive Windows OS for smartphones and adopted Android on their latest flagship of 2017, named the Nokia 8. Here are the features of the smartphone, along with a verdict to it at the end.
- The phone is very slim, at just 7.3mm thick.
- The phone is made from a single block of aluminium, adding to a quality feel in the hand.
- The screen of the Nokia 8 is 5.3 inch, 2,560 x 1,440 resolution and is covered in Gorilla Glass 5.
- As for the processor, Nokia have used the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, which both features in the Samsung S8 and the OnePlus 5.
- The ram is 4GB, which should be plentiful ram for such a smartphone.
- There is 64GB of storage, along with a micro-SD slot to expand this up to a further 256GB.
- There is a 3.5mm headphone jack.
- The Nokie 8 runs the latest Android, being 7.1.1 Nougat.
- The battery is a 3,090 mAh battery.
- The cameras on the rear are:
- A standard f/2.0 monochrome sensor camera
- A 13-megapixel Zeiss-branded camera
- There is a fingerprint sensor is on the front of the smartphone.
Verdict: Nokia 8
The Nokia 8 is definately one of the better smartphones that Nokia have produced over the past few years. I get the impression that they are looking to compete with OnePlus for a flagship smartphone at less than a flagship price, considering the specs and, for 2017, ‘standard look’ to a smartphone. But, at a price of £600 upon release, it seems the price will need to be cut first to achieve this.
Looking at the smartphone, it is a very good smartphone. It comes with all of the latest specs and a very good rear camera accompanied with another for optical zoom etc. Nokia have been known for good cameras on smartphones and this is no exception.
However, the problem with this smartphone is that, for every feature, there is something out there that seems to do it, or do it better and cheaper. For example:
- The battery is not as large as the OnePlus 5.
- There are thinner phones on the market, such as the OnePlus 5 at 7.25mm.
- There are phones with more memory at a cheaper price.
- The cameras are good, but there are still better cameras on the market, such as the S8, iPhone 7 Plus or Google Pixel.
- The design of the phone is not as good as others on the market, such as the S8, LG G6 or even the OnePlus 5.
Yes, the Nokia 8 is a great smartphone. However, I feel it is a great smartphone for 2016 and not 2017, based on the features it has and the way it looks. 2017 has really been a revolutionary year for the way smartphones look and it seems Nokia are still playing catch-up to this.