Nokia 8 brief review: Same premium look but more power

Earlier this year, HMD Global, a Chinese company that holds Nokia rights, made waves by announcing that Nokia would return to the smartphone market with a brand new Android-based device, called Nokia 6. Nokia 6 was widely welcome by users and tech experts worldwide, mainly thanks to its premium design, solid camera and affordable price.

HMD Global is rumored to come with something more innovative that inherits the legacy of the current Nokia 6 following the huge success. We started to hear rumors regarding a new premium device, called Nokia 8 back in June. As we saw in leaked images, Nokia’s upcoming smartphone would be a premium device with high-end specs, like Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor and dual-camera system.

If you have been waiting for a flagship smartphone from Nokia, today is the day. HMD Global officially announced the Nokia 8, the first Nokia-branded high-end smartphone since the Chinese company acquired Nokia branding rights from Microsoft

The Nokia 8 is a flagship smartphone that combines perfectly a premium look and high-end specs, making it a tough rival in the Android market. The device doesn’t come with an unique feature that makes it stand out on the market. However, with a premium design, dual-sensor camera, and a recognized brand, the Nokia 8 is a compelling choice out there.

It remains unclear when the Nokia’s latest flagship smartphone will be released to the public, but some sources say that the device will hit stores in September this year. According to HMD Global, the company has no plan to launch the device in the US, as the Chinese side is still struggling to compete with high-end phone in the country.

If you are planning to grab the Nokia’s new smartphone when it launches this September, make sure that you check out our brief review.

  1. Design and display

With the Nokia 8, the Finnish company has retained what we have loved in the Nokia 6’s design. However, Nokia has added some changes to the look of the 8 smartphone, making it one of the most beautiful phones Nokia has ever announced so far.

This year, we have an aluminum unibody design that really stands out, mainly thanks to metal edges running around the phone. The back of the Nokia 8 is medal, offering a premium and stunning look to help the phone stand in line with other other top-tiers phones out there, like Galaxy S8/S8 Plus and LG G6.

The Nokia 8 ranks among the thinnest smartphones we have seen so far on the market. The phone measures 7.9mm at its thickest point, thereby allowing the phone to sit comfortably in the hand.

When it comes to the device’s display, the Nokia 8 sports a 5.3 inch screen and continues to stick with an LCD panel, just like the Nokia 6. However, this year, Nokia has adopted a QHD resolution display, promising to offer more details and higher level of brightness.

  1. Battery life and performance

Nokia-branded smartphones are pretty reliable when it comes to battery life. However, the Nokia 8 features only a 3,090mAh battery, so the phone may struggle to handle a QHD resolution display. According to Nokia, its new flagship smartphone comes with the company’s famous liquid cooling system, allowing the phone to run smoother even while handling heavy tasks. The Nokia 8 supports Quick Charge 3.0 tech, which charges up the phone quickly via a USB-C port. However, there is no wireless charging option here, which is little bit disappointing.

Internally, the Nokia 8 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM, offering impressive performance ranging from playing video games to watching high-res videos or movies. There is also internal storage of 64GB and support for microSD for further storage expansion.

  1. Camera

Camera is among the highlights of the Nokia 8 this year. The Finnish company has decided to adopt a dual-sensor camera on the back with two 13MP camera shooters. One has a RGB color sensor, while the other has a monochrome sensor. All are perfectly combined, thus offering a great image quality even in low-light conditions.

The camera includes support for optical image stabilization (OIS) and Laser autofocus. Besides, there is also a dual LED support that enhances picture quality in the dark. On the front, there is a 13MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture and phrase detection autofocus.

The Nokia 8 is a premium phone that we all expect from the Finnish company this year following a great success of the mid-range Nokia 6. The Nokia 8 is believed to arrive at stores in September, but the pricing remains unknown.

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Are you planning to grab the Nokia 8 when it launches this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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