Nokia used to be one of the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturers but it fell behind with the advent of iPhone and Android smartphones. Nokia 8, the Android flagship carrying the name of the company that once ruled the mobile world, is finally in India. For many, the phone represents the realization of a long-held dream: a Nokia smartphone that has high-end specifications and runs Android. The Nokia 8 was first unveiled at an event in London in August. Priced at Rs. 36,999, the smartphone will go head to head with the likes of OnePlus 5, and here are some early thoughts on the smartphone.
It has a fairly standard design, with the 5.3-inch display dominating most of the front and thin, yet noticeable borders on the left and right. Below the display is the oval home button with a built-in fingerprint scanner, flanked by the capacitive Back and Recent buttons on either side. HMD Global has also used Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. There’s an earpiece above the display, with a selfie camera to its left and a Nokia logo at the far right. The bottom edge of the Nokia 8 has the Type-C USB 3.1 Gen. 1 port, a mic, and the mono speaker, while the 3.5mm audio port is on top. The SIM/ microSD tray is on the left, and the volume controls and power/ wake button are on the right.
As you flip the phone you’ll find some interesting features. The top third has the dual camera module and dual-LED flash lined up in the center, with ZEISS branding separating them. The Nokia 8’s body is made from 6000-series aluminum, and it comes in glossy Polished Copper and Blue finishes, as well as matte Tempered Blue and Steel options. the Nokia 8 is powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC, which is now standard fare across most Android flagships of this generation. It is backed by 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3090mAh battery, non-removable, of course. 4G support with VoLTE is available on both SIMs, but only one can be using 4G at any given time. The mono speaker can get sufficiently loud for calls and even be watching videos, and the sound doesn’t break even at maximum volume. The front camera is the same 13-megapixel RGB shooter seen on the rear, and both front and rear cameras are capable of recording 4K video on their own. The rear camera comes with laser autofocus and dual-tone LED flash.
Expectedly, the overall experience with the Nokia 8 isn’t as polished as we thought. but it’s safe to say that if a smartphone like this had shipped from the Nokia stable a few years ago, the Finnish company might never have had to step back from the mobile business. The only question that remains is whether, in 2017, there’s much appetite in the market for another high-end handset.
Pros: Elegant design; Premium build quality; Powerful hardware that delivers; Interesting camera features; Excellent sunlight legibility; 3.5mm audio jack; Well priced.
Cons: Average battery life; Camera is not quick in low light; Lacks OLED screen.