Introduction, Features and Unboxing

An Introduction

Nokia 8 – the top-tier Android phone, HMD Global launched last year in August. Unfortunately the phone hit the Pakistan market as later as after four months in December. HMD announced the high-end phone in Pakistan during a launch event in Karachi. Nokia 8 was officially priced at PKR 59,900 (or approximately $540) in Pakistan at the announcement. But now at the time of writing, it stands in the market for PKR 49,900/-

Such a price drop is sure expected during the days when Nokia is going to launch the next chapter in Mobile World Congress this year. While you expect some more devices from HMD Global, you may have much chances to stay with the Nokia 8, specially for the price.

One thing to tell is sure the “back in business” factor. Nokia that persisted making its own software for the phones when iOS and Android took the market from it, had to end up selling its mobile business to Microsoft. Many other factors – such as miss-management, bad decisions among leadership took part in making the way for the software giant acquire the hardware business to make Windows the third mobile platform, that eventually failed as well. But Nokia better felt leaving the business instead of carrying an already popular mobile operating system – Android. Even though its loyal fans wanted it to but they thought better to leave after decades of the ruling in the market alone.

Now that Nokia as a brand is still owned by its own family, it has been licensed to HMD Global – another home country based name, for 10-years. One of the years has been passed and we have witnessed a first few of Nokia smartphones including Nokia 8 running pure Android operating system. The key element about Nokia Android phones, HMD wants us to remember is that it will run the latest Android OS as soon as possible before others.

Nokia 8 Review Front Display
Nokia 8 front display on – ُPhoto by KA/Tech Prolonged

Key Features

  • Unibody 6000-series Aluminium
  • High-resolution bright display with Gorilla Glass 5
  • Dual-camera with ZEISS optics and Optical Stablizer
  • Autofocus Front Camera
  • 4K Video Recording with 360° spatial audio
  • Instant native live streaming to Facebook/YouTube (Dual mode)

Cons

  • Battery timing is not that great
  • only 30fps video recording

Nokia 8 – Full Specifications

NOKIA 8 – TA-1004
PLATFORM
CHIPSET / CPU / GPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 – MSM8998
Octa core Kryo – 4x 2.5GHz + 4x 1.8GHz
Adreno 540
DIMENSIONS
WEIGHT
151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 mm
160 grams
DISPLAY 5.3-inch IPS LCD Display
QHD/2K Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Pixel density: ~554ppi
69.6% screen-to-body ratio
Gorilla Glass 5
RAM 4GB
STORAGE 64GB internal storage UFS 2.0
microSD card slot hybrid – up to 256 GB
REAR CAMERA 13 MP (Color, OIS) + 13 MP (Monochrome B&W)
1.12um, f/2.0, 76.9° angle of view, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash
video recording: 4K/30fps, 1080p/30fps, 720p/30fps, Nokia OZO 360°
FRONT CAMERA 13 MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4˚, display flash
video recording: 4K/30fps, 1080p/30fps, 720p/30fps
OS / SOFTWARE Android 7.1.1 Nougat / Pure Android
(out-of-the-box upgrade-able to Android 8.1 Oreo)
NETWORKS Dual-SIM
2G/GSM, 3G/HSDPA, 4G/LTE
SENSORS Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient Light,
Compass, Gravity, Gyroscope, NFC, Barometer,
BATTERY / POWER 3090mAh battery non-removable / Fast Charging
PRICE PKR 59,900/- PKR 49,900/-
Nokia 8 Back Side Feature
Nokia 8 standing besides retail box – ُPhoto by KA/Tech Prolonged

Nokia 8 – Unboxing

Like other Nokia devices recently, Nokia 8 also comes in the similar packaging but a bit large. White color on the back with key features of the phone along side a profile photo. On the front, there’s graphic that illustrates the traditional “Connecting people” tag line with hand-shake in a new way.

The slim box has an airtight pop-out design that you will pull the outer cover off the box. The retail package brings along everything basic and standard.

  • The Device: Nokia 8
  • Multi Volt Charger: 18W (5V⎓2.5A/9V⎓2A/12V⎓1.5A)
  • microUSB cable for connectivity and charging
  • Stereo Earphones with 3.5mm
  • User Guide and Warranty Card

Continue to next page for build and design review.

Nokia 8 Review
Build & Design 8.5
Display & Touch Screen 8.5
Software / OS 8
System Performance 9
Battery Performance 8
Camera Primary/Secondary 8.5
Summary
"Compact Flagship" is what you can call it. With excursiveness, decency and powerful attitude, Nokia 8 is a clean and beautiful high-end smartphone.
8.4
Back in Business
User Rating 3.68 ( 3 votes)
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