Nokia 8 Review

The Nokia 8 provides a good deal of great features like a strong chipset, dual-sensor camera, and a perfectly sized QHD screen, but in contrast to a lot of the competition right now it struggles to provide anything unique. Having a super-high price point, the Nokia 8 is a fantastic phone but far from a good one.


  • Beautiful design, especially with shiny effect
  • Dual-sensor rear camera with interesting applications
  • Gorgeous QHD screen


  • No hugely unique attributes
  • It’s not watertight
  • Cost is a bit higher than we had hoped

The comeback of Nokia is possibly a fascinating story in mobiles of 2017, and now its first assortment of devices appears to be complete, with the debut of the brand new Nokia 8.

Earlier in the year, HMD Global disclosed it would be announcing new mobiles with the Nokia branding, and we have already seen the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6, which are all middling to good mid-range apparatus.

There was also the PR triumph of the new Nokia 3310, which got people sitting up and taking notice, and now, finally, here is the flagship device from the business that we have all been waiting for.

Nokia 8 Price and Launch Date

Out now in the United Kingdom, may come to Australia and US very soon. Price set at AU$899, around $700.

The Nokia 8 is now out in Britain, but those in Australia are likely to need to wait just a little bit longer to have the ability to obtain the phone. It is also not currently clear if the phone will start in the USA with the official site saying “subscribe to updates”.

The purchase cost of the phone is AU$899, which we estimate to be approximate $700 if it comes out in the United States. That cost would place it under the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8, but still very much in the luxury land just over the OnePlus 5.

In the UK we have seen deals with O2, EE, and Vodafone, and if you purchase it outright from Carphone Warehouse you will find a free Nokia Steel HR hybrid watch. Up to now, we do not know what other carriers will be stocking the phone across the world, but we expect to find some deals information coming shortly.

Key features

  • Dual-sensor rear camera that can take great bokeh pictures
  • New ‘Bothie’ style for the two selfie and back camera images
  • With the Nokia 8 being the brand’s first flagship for a couple of years, a huge emphasis has been placed on its camera, which was a highlight feature of the past Windows Phone Nokia devices from 2014.

The Nokia 8 includes a dual-sensor rear shooter which could capture ‘bokeh’ images with an attractive background blur and uses an RGB and monochrome sensor in tandem for better low-light photography.

The camera was created in partnership with Zeiss also, even though it is not entirely clear what input the German lens pros have had.

There are plenty of additional features squeezed in here in an effort to make this among the greatest phone cameras in the marketplace.

You might have heard of the new ‘Bothie’ mode, which utilizes both the front-facing and rear-facing cameras at exactly the exact same time, so you can capture what is on your phone — likely yourself — and what is in front.

In addition to that, there is also Nokia’s OZO 3D sound capture technology, which should allow for a much more immersive movie when you are recording.

Design and Display

  • One of the best looking Nokia phones ever
  • Metal uni-body and available in four different colors with differing appearances

Vibrant 5.3-inch QHD display that is bright and looks stunning.

The design of the Nokia 8 is one of the crucial elements, and it is among the most — if not the most — amazing phones we have ever seen with the Nokia branding emblazoned on the trunk.

It is an aluminum unibody design with metal edges, although the rear is metal too, the texture on the back will depend on which finish you select for.

There are tempered and steel blue colors, but both of them have a matte finish and seem slightly lackluster when put beside the shiny copper and blue choices.

For our review, we have used the steel and shiny blue choices. The shiny blue end is undoubtedly the more eye-catching, though you might choose to invest in a case for this, as we discovered we had picked up a couple of scratches after just a week or so of usage.

The body of the phone is thin, coming in at 7.9mm at its thickest point, but the edges curve down, so it sits comfortably in the hand.

People who have smaller hands may also enjoy this device, as it includes a 5.3-inch screen. It is an LCD panel which has a QHD resolution and 700 nits of brightness — that is high for a smartphone and should imply your phone’s display is easily viewable even in glaring sunlight.

Video looks amazing on the Nokia 8, though at this small screen size it is unclear if it’s the QHD resolution is truly necessary here. Nokia has yet to show whether any virtual reality performance is intended for the Nokia 8.

If you would like your usual movie to look good though, the super-bright and high-resolution screen on the Nokia 8 is going to be a fantastic fit for you. It provides 554 pixels per inch, even though it does not compete with the likes of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium with its 4K front panel.

Antenna rings are visible along the top and bottom of the phone, but these do not detract from the overall appearance. The business has put them on the top and bottom to try to provide you a better signal when you are holding the phone.

Below the display is a fingerprint scanner, which sits between the two navigation buttons and can be within an easy-to-reach place to tap to unlock the phone. We found it fast at unlocking the phone from one tap, even though it’s rather small, so you will need to be certain to set your finger or thumb precisely.

The Nokia 8 is not waterproof like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or iPhone 7, but it is splash-resistant in IP54, which should mean you will have the ability to use it in the rain without needing to worry about flooding the internals.