At last, Nokia has a true flagship Android phone to get excited about.
It’s called the Nokia 8 and unlike Nokia’s existing Androids — the 3, 5 and 6 — this one is a real powerhouse.
At its core is a top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM. I’ve already run some benchmark tests and its scores easily rival Samsung’s Galaxy S8
In my experience so far, there’s not much you can throw at this phone that it can’t handle.
The 5.3-inch display is pin sharp, thanks to the ultra HD resolution (2,560×1,440 pixels) and it’s bright enough to use under the midday sun.
Around the back you’ll find two cameras. One shoots in color, the other only in black and white — good news if you love dramatic, moody portraits. They both have 13-megapixel resolutions and both shoot video in 4K. There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the front, and thanks to some software trickery you can take photos with both the front and back camera to combine them into a single, split-scree.
Nokia says the phone is splash-proof, not waterproof, which is disappointing given that proper waterproofing is something we’re now often seeing on top-end phones
. On the upside, it has a fingerprint scanner on the front, a USB-C port and the latest version of Android Nougat
The Nokia 8 will cost around Ksh.70,000( $700).
not a cheap phone, and that price puts it squarely in line with the Galaxy S8 (a phone with pretty much the same specs, on paper).
We’ll have to wait to properly test the Nokia in our full review to decide on whether it’s a wise purchase over the S8 or OnePlus 5. A price closer to or below ksh.60,000 ($600) would really help sweeten the deal.
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2017, September|
|Dimensions||151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 mm (5.96 x 2.90 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||160 g (5.64 oz)|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|– IP54 certified – dust and splash resistant|
|Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.3 inches (~69.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~554 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|Internal||64 GB, 4 GB RAM – Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper|
128 GB, 6 GB RAM – Polished Blue
|Primary||Dual 13 MP, f/2.0, laser & phase detection autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||1.12µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected]|
|Secondary||13 MP, 2160p|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|Radio||To be confirmed|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, heart rate|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0)|
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– ANT+ support
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
|Non-removable Li-Ion battery 3090mAh|
|Colors||Tempered Blue, Polished Blue, Steel, Polished Copper|
There’s no question, however, that splashing that top-end cash will snag you a top-end phone that’s absolutely worth considering, particularly if you have any sort of nostalgia for the Nokia name.