Nokia 8 scored well at GSMArena review

The Nokia 8 for sure has raised the interest of tech journalists and bloggers for the Nokia brand. First reviews of the device are coming in and fans, together with HMD, are eagerly waiting to see what reviewers think about the device. While YouTuber Btekt said that the Nokia 8’s software is too buggy for a honest review, GSMArena did its extensive test of the 8 and wrote a review with a happy ending for HMD Global. To them, the Nokia 8 is far from the ultimate top model, and I agree since it is incomplete in many aspects, but it deserves to mingle with the best smartphones of today. Even though Nokia 8 doesn’t have bezelles design everybody likes now (or pretends to like), AMOLED display that can bring you vivid colours, stereo speakers, full waterproofness or body made of much stronger Aluminum 7000, it has many things that make her special. Her 2K LCD screen is super sharp and it has brightness over 700 nits which is great for outdoor usage. Then, it has 3 13MP cameras with ZEISS optics, OIS on one of the back cameras, battery that can hold over one day of usage and powerful hardware, passively cooled. We can’t forget that Nokia 8 brought back the Glance screen and double tap to unlock, too. Also, that mono speaker can deliver more sound than the competition, while OZO Audio is described as unmatched on the marke.

So, Nokia 8 could attract Lumia and old Nokia fans with Glance and Double tap features, but is missing wireless charging and FM Radio. While wireless charging I really miss since I’ve been charging numerous models using it, FM radio I don’t miss since in last 4 years I listened the radio over mobile phone maybe 2 times. One thing I would love to see on Nokia 8 is Dolby enhancements since GSMArena noticed that headphones output is a bit quiet(er).

You can read the whole review here. Check the unboxing and hands on video down below.

What do you think about Nokia 8 and GSMArena’s review? Tell us down below. πŸ™‚

  • They and other did mentioned something around software isn’t polished yet.
    Also, GSMArena did mentioned the Camera have issues to focus on subject on regular basis.

    Sweet device overall.. though I still wish they put up a lil smaller price tag.

    • Yep. The good thing is that camera hardware is a quality one, because third party camera apps in some aspects take better advantage of the sensor, than the stock. Seems like it’s all about software and optimization.
      A €499 would make this phone the best value for money on the market. It’s still a good choice with many innovations.

      • €499 it would’ve made other companies start to feel intense.. Nokia 8 currently doesn’t bother anyone ( I Think ).

        Recombu at the end of review said
        OP5 offer more for less price.

        • Old chap

          Well Nokia 8 fast software updates, onepluss 5 upgrades for one year… maybe… for me that is a big deal…

          • Software update is a big deal for most I think.

            My point is if it was launched at similar price to OP5 it would’ve made a big splash in smartphone ocean.

  • Stinger

    I think it was a pretty fair review. Maybe even a little bit biased towards the Nokia 8. I still think it’s an amazing phone for me. I have yet to see the problem with bezels on a touch-screen phone, I never swim or shower with my phone so the splash proofing is fine for me, I don’t listen to the radio anymore so I won’t miss the FM, the screen is terrific, and from the videos I’ve seen it’s really fast when you’re navigating.

    I agree that the price could be a bit lower (EUR 500 is perfect), and I’m now wondering if I should wait a bit to see if the price comes down. If they offered the Steel HR watch with the purchase of a Nokia 8, EUR 600 would be no problem. But again, considering how capable this phone is EUR 600 isn’t so bad. Alot of phones with these specs cost EUR 200 more.

    I’m also hoping HMD develops a more versatile camera app that you can get from the Play Store.

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    Interesting! Overall it seems like a decent phone, not a spectacular phone.

    I would have appreciated features like
    1. AMOLED screen
    2. Bigger battery (at least 3300-3600 mAh)
    3. Front facing flash
    4. Nokia optimizations (throughout the entire phone – battery management, themes, cache cleaning, etc)
    5. Stereo speakers (because the Nokia 6 that costs 1/3 – 1/2 the price has it)
    6. Smaller bezels or a smaller footprint (meaning the same size screen with a smaller footprint, or the same size externally but with a 5.5-5.7 inch screen)
    7. A better camera app and or a better aperture for better low light photos
    8. Dual port micro SIM and nano SIM card slot, next to a micro SD card.
    9. A more mature camera housing
    10. OIS on all three cameras with laser guided auto focus
    11. FM radio
    12. Quick charge 4.0+ (this would have been incredibly awesome to have had).
    13. Android 8.0 operating system … From what I’ve read, based on security and battery efficiency, and other under the hood stuff, this new Android is definitely worth having.

    These are just some things I’d generally like to have seen in a Nokia flagship phone. People like to make comparisons – we all do it, whether it’s cars or phones, or grades, or income. If a certain flagship from our beloved Nokia is missing certain things, people hold those things against it.

    Not having an AMOLED screen is such a huge disappointment! My 7 year old Nokia N8 had one. My wonderful amazing Symbian powered Nokia 808 had one. Nokia couldn’t use a darn AMOLED screen? They really had to use a screen from a time when phones used only LCD screens – 2005???

    But I love how they included Bluetooth 5.0, polarized screen, double tap to wake and Nokia glance screen (always on display)

    (I think my Nokia E71 also had an LCD screen with some form of always on display, which showed the time, text message and missed calls with the date on it. It was a screen saver. But since it’s outdated old LCD , it is very dim. On an AMOLED screen, it can be very bright and easily seen from many feet away – on the other side of the room)

    • 14.) Wireless charging and the list is complete πŸ˜€ Also, the 8 uses its screen as a flash for front facing camera. It ramps up the brightness (it’s very bright at 700 nits) just like the iPhone 7 (?) does, so a front flash isn’t that necessary.

      • Deep Shekhar

        15. A dedicated Camera Button. This makes the image capturing bit more intuitive.

        • EricLovesSymbian

          EricLovesSymbian says:

          I would love that!!!!
          But I purposely left it out because the last few times I mentioned it, many people said that on these Android cell phones (filled with data mining and spy software) we could just use the volume down button to sample a photo or double click the power button and …

          That pretty much made it clear that people like myself that loved my Symbian powered Nokia N8 and 808 with its excellent two stage shutter button, no longer exist…
          (Sad faced emoji)

          But I also would love a Nokia cell phone with a dedicated shutter button – that would be excellent!

          But people like you and I are considered outdated since the newer generation of kids (aged 13-22) are used to brainless iPhones and simple Android devices with one button operation, etc…

          • Deep Shekhar

            I already tweeted this feedback to Mr. Juho Sarvikas(CTO,HMD Global) but sadly he didn’t reply!! πŸ™
            Camera button makes the image capturing more intuitive and not at all outdated.Nokia is investing heavily on imaging should consider keeping this button which shows it’s emphasis on making the image capturing fun and easy!

            I really hope we get to see that camera button soon on Nokia phones. We all should tweet our feedbacks to Mr. Sarvikas as he likes to interact with fans directly and We other fans supporting that tweet. This will enable us get what we want in future phones. πŸ™‚

            P.S- I’m currently using Nokia Lumia 1020 and aged 22…I love the camera button and use it more than any other buttons in the phone.Still people get amazed to see the phone and take the phone from me and use the camera button to click pics πŸ™‚

          • EricLovesSymbian

            EricLovesSymbian says:

            Awesome, thanks….
            I hope he sees some of the stuff I wrote and makes some changes.

          • Deep Shekhar

            yeah he will πŸ™‚

            we’ll be there in twitter to support you..we all are here,it’s just like a family under one shed discussing our views on our beloved brand.

          • EricLovesSymbian

            EricLovesSymbian says:

            Can you please tell me where to go to write and send stuff to them?

            Is it a website, or an email address?

          • Maybe try with community forum. They have a section about ideas and wanted features. https://community.phones.nokia.com/support/discussions/7000001699

          • EricLovesSymbian

            EricLovesSymbian says:

            Thanks so much.
            I just opened an account, wrote the comment and let’s see what happens.

            I added some stuff I wanted to know if I can post it here again at some point

          • Deep Shekhar

            you can directly interact with Mr. Juho Sarvikas(CTO,HMD Global) in twitter. You can tweet him in @sarvikas

            The best thing is he listens to the customers! πŸ™‚

          • EricLovesSymbian

            EricLovesSymbian says:

            Thank you so much, but I’m new at all this stuff so I don’t have Twitter, etc.

            But I’ll try to go on hmd and see if there is an email or something.

      • EricLovesSymbian

        EricLovesSymbian says:

        I thought about that but figured wireless charging is a newer way of charging things and most people are still used to sticking something into some whole … (We are MEN after all, pun intended!)

        So, I figured if they added quick charge 4.0+, it would be the fastest way any phone could currently charge. I think it was 62% or 83% within 30 minutes or something.

        Perhaps Nokia could use that Israeli companies technology that lets you charge your phone without wires. All you do is plug in the charger into the wall, and the dock is built in, so you place your phone on the charger which is directly placed into the wall, no wires! No loss in transmission of electricity, no loss of inductance, no generation of heat, no resistance from copper filled or metal lined wires, etc.

        Full charge with that charger would take 23 minutes for a Samsung Galaxy S6 (which is what they used I think) and about 3-5 minutes from 0% to 100% if they use their new battery technology.

        Basically, no wires, just a dock that plugs your phone into the wall directly. No losses, etc…

        That would be nice!

        Something is stopping me from adopting and embracing the wireless charging pads…

        Now, speak of cars, and I’m all for it!!! I’m a definite car enthusiast … (Not just medicine and cell phones)

        • Great response πŸ™‚ Jep, would take faster charging over wireless charging, but ideally both πŸ™‚

    • Just want to say you a Hi! πŸ™‚
      The moment i found out that the phone has LCD panel i started thinking about your reactions haha.
      Let’s see what they bring with Nokia 9 πŸ™‚

      • EricLovesSymbian

        EricLovesSymbian says:

        Miss you buddy.
        I miss reading and posting comments on this site. I am so insanely busy with work and remodeling, etc…

        But yeah, AMOLED is the only option moving forward. LCD is outdated and not battery friendly, and cannot individually turn off its pixels (super LCD from HTC and that one Sony wall thing notwithstanding)

    • Stinger

      Nokia might fill out your list with the Nokia 9. Maybe they held back a bit with the 8. I get the feeling that Nokia & HMD are crawling first before learning to run. It has after all, only been 8 months since the Nokia 6 was released.

    • Boogieman

      Pros ips display: better colour accuracy, higher max nits
      Pros amoled:contrast

      For a camera phone i prefer ips
      For a gaming/video phone amoled

      Since i watch movies in home cinema, that advantage disappears. And I only play castle clash which has no dark scenes, so the game pro disappear too.

      Conclusion: since the Nokia 8 ips scored top notch result on contrast (for ips) and it has the highest peak brightness on the market today (=great readability outdoors) and I spend a lot of time outside, the IPS is a winner for me

      Also, noKia 8 has ir guided focus + pdaf. Ir is superior to laser (I found out after googling) so for sure I do not want laser (how ever cool it sounds lol)

      What I would like, TRUE IP68 FOR SALT WATER (no.phone today manage salt water, thus you can swim with it when at the ocean on vacation which imo would be the only reason for ip68)

  • johala02

    I guess the most important thing are that Nokia 8 will not be delayed as the Nokia 6 was in many markets.