7.7/10
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The Nokia 8 currently has an Informr score of 7.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 30 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

While the Nokia 8 is a solid device at a relatively low price with good specs and a crisp display, its uninspired design and unreliable camera lead to a lukewarm response from reviewers.

What's good

  • Zippy performance
  • Sharp display with natural colors
  • Great in-hand feel
  • Good battery life

What's bad

  • Camera slow to focus and capture images
  • Uninspired design
  • Not waterproof
  • Aluminum rear attract smudges and fine scratches

Nokia has gone through quite a few name changes. They even disappeared for a few years after their acquisition by Microsoft. But the company is back, and while it had a shaky start, they hope to bring people back into the fold with the Nokia 8.

Does it check all the boxes?

Maybe not.

For years, Nokia was renowned for their bright colors and playful designs. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll be let down by the design of the Nokia 8.

While it comes in an eye-catching copper (as well as tempered blue, polished blue, and steel) most reviewers weren’t wowed by the look of the phone. Some reviewers went so far as to call it boring. They also noticed the aluminum rear attracted smudges and, after a few weeks of normal use, fine scratches.

Still, they felt the rounded edges combined with a low weight of 160 grams made it nice to hold for long amounts of time. Though, if you have smaller hands, the large size made it difficult for them to use one-handed.

While touted as splash-proof, it does not have an IP rating. So, you’ll want to make sure you don’t spill water on it or drop it in a puddle.

In the age of bezel-less smartphones, the Nokia 8 seems like a blast from the past with its chunky top and bottom bezels. They are so large that the screen-to-body ratio does not even reach 70 percent.

Fortunately, the screen that's there gets high marks. The 5.3-inch LCD panel offers Quad HD resolution (1,440-by-2,560). Experts called it “pin sharp” with excellent sunlight legibility.

The only downside they noticed was that the LCD could not achieve the same level of inky blacks as an AMOLED panel—ultimately leading to less contrast. They also experienced some dimming when viewing at different angles although it wasn’t a huge problem.

Most were happy with the realistic colors, fine details, and decent brightness. Reviewers agreed the downsides were heavily outweighed by the positives.

Performance-wise, reviewers had no complaints. The octa-core Snapdragon processor and 4GB of RAM offered a super-fast experience regardless of the whether they were multitasking, playing games, or just navigating their home screen.

The 3,090mAh battery lasted most around a full day with moderate usage. While not the best on the market, it’s on par with other smartphones.

Nokia has revived their relationship with Zeiss for their rear camera. The dual 13-megapixel lenses are meant to work together to create higher quality pictures. When put to the test, reviewers were less than impressed.

Although images were well-balanced, they were let down by slow and unreliable auto-focusing—even in good lighting situations. While it comes with optical image stabilization, they still noticed a fair amount of noise. The slow focus and capture speeds led to blurry images more often than not.

Still, when the camera nailed a few shots, the pictures were very detailed and colors were vibrant without being over-saturated.

Although it’s a decent first Android flagship for Nokia, reviewers have a hard time enthusiastically recommending it. Trusted Reviews states, “... there’s nothing that really stands out about the Nokia 8... it will need to do more with its effort if the brand is to stand out among the elite…” Tech Advisor adds, “Although the Nokia 8 offers some decent specs for the price, it’s just not a device that stands out in a crowded market.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.5 GHz
Screen Size
5.3"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Expert Reviews

Everything is all above board, but the burning question is whether there’s still room for Nokia in 2017. Before now, I’d have argued not, and especially so given the firm’s recent track record with middling handsets like the Nokia 3. But it looks like the Nokia 8 may just put the Finnish firm back o...

- Nathan Spendelow, Expert Reviews
GSM Dome

It’s elegant and it symbols the return of a big brand, that has a ton of fans. It offers great performance and acoustics, pretty neat display, but the camera does more wrongs than rights.

- Alexandru Stănescu, GSM Dome
Coolsmartphone

Overall though I was impressed with the Nokia 8. It costs around £500 SIM free in the UK. You have a chance to get a stunning looking device that packs a lot of punch.

- Dan Carter, Coolsmartphone
Alphr

Nokia is well and truly on the road to recovery as a smartphone brand and with the Nokia 8 Sirocco – a design that’s both mature and alluring – it’s certain to begin attracting fans back who might have deserted the brand over the past few years.

- Jonathan Bray, Alphr
GSMArena

Living with the Nokia 8 day in, day out is generally a good experience. Overall this is a good first effort for a flagship Android device. The Nokia 8 has a good build, is easy to handle, and it feels quite premium with its metal unibody fit and finish.

- GSMArena


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Nokia released the 8 on August 29, 2017.


The 8 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Nokia 8 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Nokia backs up the 8 with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.


If your 8 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.3"

The Nokia 8's screen size is 5.3 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3090mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3090 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 1760 minutes, 650 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Nokia 8 Specs

Overview
Release date August 29, 2017
Regions available UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3090 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 733 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 650 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 508 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1760 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 51 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 cm (6 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 160 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 554 pixels
Size 5.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 2.5D glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (13 MP 2nd camera), Phase detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, Phase detection, f/2.20
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Additional Sensors: Barometer

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Critic Reviews


Expert Reviews

Nokia’s top-tier flagship is a bargain

from Expert Reviews

Everything is all above board, but the burning question is whether there’s still room for Nokia in 2017. Before now, I’d have argued not, and especially so given the firm’s recent track record with middling handsets like the Nokia 3. But it looks like the Nokia 8 may just put the Finnish fi...More

Everything is all above board, but the burning question is whether there’s still room for Nokia in 2017. Before now, I’d have argued not, and especially so given the firm’s recent track record with middling handsets like the Nokia 3. But it looks like the Nokia 8 may just put the Finnish firm back on course – there’s every chance that this smartphone will see Nokia grabbing headlines for all the right reasons come September time.

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GSM Dome

Solid multimedia phone

from GSM Dome

It’s elegant and it symbols the return of a big brand, that has a ton of fans. It offers great performance and acoustics, pretty neat display, but the camera does more wrongs than rights.

Read full review

It’s elegant and it symbols the return of a big brand, that has a ton of fans. It offers great performance and acoustics, pretty neat display, but the camera does more wrongs than rights.

Read full review

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Coolsmartphone

Great job with the overall package

from Coolsmartphone

Overall though I was impressed with the Nokia 8. It costs around £500 SIM free in the UK. You have a chance to get a stunning looking device that packs a lot of punch.

Read full review

Overall though I was impressed with the Nokia 8. It costs around £500 SIM free in the UK. You have a chance to get a stunning looking device that packs a lot of punch.

Read full review

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Alphr

Sultry new design but not much substance

from Alphr

Nokia is well and truly on the road to recovery as a smartphone brand and with the Nokia 8 Sirocco – a design that’s both mature and alluring – it’s certain to begin attracting fans back who might have deserted the brand over the past few years.

Read full review

Nokia is well and truly on the road to recovery as a smartphone brand and with the Nokia 8 Sirocco – a design that’s both mature and alluring – it’s certain to begin attracting fans back who might have deserted the brand over the past few years.

Read full review

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GSMArena

We'd call it safe and just a little bit outdated by now.

Living with the Nokia 8 day in, day out is generally a good experience. Overall this is a good first effort for a flagship Android device. The Nokia 8 has a good build, is easy to handle, and it feels quite premium with its metal unibody fit and finish.

Read full review

Living with the Nokia 8 day in, day out is generally a good experience. Overall this is a good first effort for a flagship Android device. The Nokia 8 has a good build, is easy to handle, and it feels quite premium with its metal unibody fit and finish.

Read full review

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Firstpost

A device that can carry the Nokia legacy

from Firstpost

Nokia 8 is a stellar device from HMD Global and it almost checks all the right boxes for the first Nokia-branded flagship. HMD should be proud of what they made created in terms of build quality and software update cycle for an Android-based device.

Read full review

Nokia 8 is a stellar device from HMD Global and it almost checks all the right boxes for the first Nokia-branded flagship. HMD should be proud of what they made created in terms of build quality and software update cycle for an Android-based device.

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TrustedReviews

A decent, safe first attempt at a flagship Android phone

from TrustedReviews

A safe return to the flagship smartphone market for Nokia, but it will need to do more with its next effort if the brand is to stand out among the elite like it once did.

Read full review

A safe return to the flagship smartphone market for Nokia, but it will need to do more with its next effort if the brand is to stand out among the elite like it once did.

Read full review

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DxOMark

Nokia’s return to the high-end segment

from DxOMark

The Nokia 8 is a high-end device inside and out, but the performance of its camera module lags behind our (admittedly high) expectations. The Nokia is capable of producing decent still images, but in many situations, it cannot match the image quality of the cameras in current high-end phones from most competitors.

Read full review

The Nokia 8 is a high-end device inside and out, but the performance of its camera module lags behind our (admittedly high) expectations. The Nokia is capable of producing decent still images, but in many situations, it cannot match the image quality of the cameras in current high-end phones from most competitors.

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Pocket-lint

Flagship specs, mid-range feels

from Pocket-lint

You do get a lot of phone for your money in the Nokia 8. It's flagship spec, but it's not not quite cutting it with the big boys when it comes to the overall flagship experience.

Read full review

You do get a lot of phone for your money in the Nokia 8. It's flagship spec, but it's not not quite cutting it with the big boys when it comes to the overall flagship experience.

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WPCentral

Returning to the world of Nokia without Windows

from WPCentral

HMD Global has built a fantastic, affordable flagship with great performance, a clean version of Android and a set of cameras that are more than capable.

Read full review

HMD Global has built a fantastic, affordable flagship with great performance, a clean version of Android and a set of cameras that are more than capable.

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