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Tested for you: the Nokia 8

by JohanDid you know...28/09/2017

Tested for you: the Nokia 8
The Finnish manufacturer Nokia has been through a few difficult years. After their Windows Phone misadventure, the mobile phone division was sold to the HMD consortium. They seem to have brought the ship back on course. After a number of successful mid-range phones, they are now introducing a top model worthy of the Nokia name: the Nokia 8

Design

The Nokia 8 looks very distinguished. The Finns have given it an aluminum body with a subtle curve at the back, so it is very comfortable to hold. The screen has thin edges at the side, but unfortunately not at the top and bottom. So it does lack the futuristic design of the LG G6 or the Samsung Galaxy S8 a little. But this has the advantage that the fingerprint scanner is still at the bottom of the screen, which we think is the most logical place.

Screen

The screen on the 8 has a robust resolution of 2,560 x 1.440 pixels and measures 5.3 inches diagonally. It is not an OLED screen, but the colors are rich and the brightness is fine. The contrast is more than adequate in our view. Even in strong sunlight, you can still read the screen.

Another great feature is that this mobile has a IP54 rating, which means that it is splash resistant. We wouldn’t jump into a swimming pool with it, but you could easily take it into the shower with you, if you wanted to. 

Camera

For the camera on the 8, Nokia has joined forces with the German lens specialist Zeiss and you can tell. There are two cameras at the back, both 13 megapixel, one of which has a color sensor, the other a black-white sensor. As it does not have a color filter, the black-white sensor can let in more light and combine this information with the color sensor. And that produces very rich, detailed, sharply focused photos. Nokia can hold its own with the very best devices here.

The double lens also enables great ‘bokeh’ effects, so for instance you can create portraits with a blurred background. 

Battery

Nokia has included a 3,090 mAh battery. That is certainly not a world record, but you can easily get through a whole day. Fortunately, it comes with a fast USB-C connection and Quickcharge technology so you can charge your battery to 50% in half an hour. 

Processor and Multimedia

As befits a top model, the Nokia 8 is driven by no less than the fastest mobile phone processor available at the moment: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. This means lightning-fast performances, even with the heaviest 3D games or when you have a lot of apps open at the same time. At any rate, we didn’t manage to catch it out. Another thing that helps is that Nokia supplies a ‘pure’ Android-version, without any adaptations of its own.

Nokia 8

8/10

Pros:
  • Robust aluminum body that is very comfortable to hold
  • Great screen
  • Camera with double lens that ranks among the best on the market
Cons:
  • Battery could have a little more capacity
  • Not the cutting edge design of the competition

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