• Operating System: Android 7.1.1
  • System on Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Display: 5.3-inch IPS QuadHD
  • Camera: Dual 13-megapixel (Colour + Mono) rear, 13-megapixel front
  • Battery: 3,090 mAh
  • Dimensions: 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 mm
  • Pros:
  • Speedy phone
  • Dual-Sight camera mode
  • Cons:
  • Not very 2017 with top and bottom bezels
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu: 173,724 points
  • PCMark for Android: 6,717 points
  • 3DMark Slingshot Extreme: 3,499 points
  • 3DMark Slingshot: 4,586 points

A New 8 Enters The Battle

The Nokia 8 is a device that does most things well without adding too much bloatware to the original Android experience. It is one of the lightest OS that we’ve used over the years, with OxygenOS from the OnePlus just behind it.

This phone is well-built, but lacks much of the innovation found in other smartphones that are available in the market right now. It does have a vertical dual camera setup in the middle of the phone, a headphone jack on top of the device and a USB Type-C port for charging at the bottom.

The camera at the back is great to use, but sometimes when you are using it in Twin mode, it lags ever so slightly, creating a potentially unusable picture. The device is capable of taking great pictures, maybe even better than similarly priced counterparts. Another feature added with the camera is with its Dual-Sight mode, which utilises both the front and rear camera together for a split-screen picture. This is useful if you want to be in the picture, but don’t want to cram everyone into a wefie.

With the latest snapdragon processor – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, navigating the phone is a breeze and during our time of testing, the phone remained responsive and could multitask games without issues. However, we did run into an instance whereby the phone was stuck in a bootloop, and all we could do was wait for it to run out of battery. Luckily that only happened once during our testing, so it could just be a fluke.

It also features a new Nokia OZO spatial 360 audio recording and playback, which allows high quality audio recording and playback. With Audio Focus, you can maintain the focus on what you want to record by reducing ambient sounds and background noises.

The phone as an overall package does its job well and fights for its spot as a device that you should purchase this year, if you are not interested in other flagship models within the same price range. Plus, you can now have the original Nokia track set as your ringtone to get that nostalgia kick.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, a great phone that comes with little bloatware and runs on the latest Snapdragon processor, and is priced less than RM 3,000.

(previously published in issue November 2017)

Nokia 8