It’s been a while since we came across a true flagship smartphone from one of the most iconic mobile brand of this century. In a market that’s now dominated by Apple and Samsung, HMD Global is all set to take on the competition with the all-new Nokia 8. Let’s find out if the new device is worth being excited about.
Design and Features
Back in the glory days of the Symbian platform, Nokia smartphones were known for their unique designs. What we have here is a smartphone that’s 7.9mm thick (slightly thinner than the impressive Samsung Galaxy S8). The metal edges of the Nokia 8 appear to be beautifully curved and seamlessly connects to the screen and the back panel. The display is a 5.3-inch screen with an IPS panel, touting a sharpness of 1440 x 2560 resolution. Brightness is stated to be at 700 nits which is quite high but the Dubai sun did win over a couple of times during my testing. The screen is shielded by Gorilla Glass 5 to resist accidental scratches.
For those who own or have tried a Galaxy S8 or an LG G6 with super-thin screen bezels and larger screen estate, it’s quite disappointing that Nokia did not follow suit. The top and bottom bezels of the Nokia 8 are very noticeable and don't give it the futuristic look like the above mentioned phones. The Nokia 8 weighs just 160g which feels great in your hand.
The power button and the volume rocker is on the right side and easily usable whereas the left side has the SIM/MicroSD tray. A 3.5mm audio jack sits on the top-side left of the device.
The Nokia 8 uses a USB 3.1 Type-C for fast charging and high-speed data transfers, and the port is located on the bottom side of the device. There is also a single-speaker grill on the right side of the Type-C port. On the left of it is one of the three microphones. The top and bottom part of the smartphone house the antennae band that lets HMD Global keep the back side of the phone nice and clean.
The one that that we need to be careful with was how slippery the Nokia 8 is- it's right up there with the HTC U11. I was extra-cautious with the phone while shooting pictures and highly recommend getting a case, also becasue the device easily attracts fingerprints. That said, the review unit that we got was the Polished Copper color (glossy), which looks amazing and is supposedly the color of the year as decided by fashionistas. Needless to say, we weren't invited to that meeting but we can definitely appreciate the beauty of the Nokia 8. The Nokia insignia and the camera module is placed vertically, including both the ZEISS lens and the flash. Notice the lack of a camera bump?
The smartphone kind of resembles the HTC U11 in terms of design. While it may not be as water-resistant as the Galaxy S8, the Nokia 8 is splash proof (with the IP54 certification).