Nokia 8 review
Welcome to the ‘Bothie’
Our Nokia 8 review finds Nokia delivering three world firsts, including side-by-side live streaming of the action captured on both the front and back cameras. This new innovation has been aptly named as the ‘Bothie’.
If you want to get your hands on the premium Nokia 8, then you won’t need to wait long as the phone will be launched in the UK in September 2017. The pricing will be around £545 for the handset only and for contract consumers, this means that the phone will be cheaper per month than the likes of the LG G6, HTC U11, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhone 7.
6000 series aluminium
The Nokia 8 has a unibody cut from a single piece of 6000 series aluminium. Because it is cut from a single piece of aluminium, you get a body that has no seams. The body is just 4.6mm thick at the edges and the progressive curve onto the back face, results in a body that is only 7.9mm thick, at its thickest point.
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There are four colour options to choose from and these are Polished Copper, Blue Steel, Polished Blue and Tempered Blue. The finish is slightly different on these with the polished ones having a mirror like finish. This is achieved using a 40 stage polishing and anodising process that happens over 20 hours.
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The 160g Nokia 8 is also IP54 certified for splash and light rain resistance.
The 5.3” 2K display on the Nokia 8 has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. This is a very high resolution and the display can output 700 nits of brightness, putting the display in the league of the very brightest on the market today.
The Nokia 8 display is made from 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which is tough and appears to float on the surface of the phone.
Performance and heat distribution
The Nokia 8 has lightning fast performance to rival any other smartphone. This Nokia phone uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.5GHz quad-core processor with 4GB RAM, which has been designed to maximise battery life.
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These powerful processors do create a fair bit of heat, that can cause hot spots. To deal with this issue the Nokia 8 distributes heat equally across the whole body of the phone. It does this through a full-length copper cooling pipe that runs through a graphite shield.
Phone Set Up
Security and transferring content
The Nokia 8 has a biometric fingerprint sensor for security and this is built into the home key. An ample 64GB memory gives plenty of room for transferring content over from an old phone. If you save tons of content or want to record video in 4K, then the microSD card slot can be used to boost the memory by up to 256GB.
The Nokia 8 runs on a pure version of the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system. This pure OS essentially means that there is no unnecessary software and apps, which tend to slow the performance of smartphones.
You do however get Google’s best apps pre-loaded, such as the Google Assistant, Chrome web browser, YouTube and Maps. Any other apps that you may want to download can be found in the Play Store.
Camera & Video
Dual-Sight camera mode and OZO audio
With Dual-Sight Mode you can use both the front and rear cameras together, to capture what Nokia is labeling as a ‘Bothie’. On the display you see half of the screen showing the action in front of you, while the other half shows your reaction.
The Nokia 8 can create a live video stream to YouTube Live and Facebook Live, while in Dual-Sight Mode.
Visual recording can take place at 4K quality, while Nokia OZO captures 360 degrees spacial audio, through three microphones. The technology is similar to that used by music producers and Hollywood filmmakers.
With Audio Focus Mode, the microphones capture the sounds you want, while removing interfering background and ambient noise.
13MP dual image fusion camera
The main camera on the Nokia 8 is a 13MP dual image fusion camera, which combines the information from a colour lens and a monochrome lens. Combined with ZEISS optics, this gives you an image that has both exceptional colour and detail.
The camera is aided by an infrared range finder, dual tone flash and phase detect auto focus, which brings the image into focus quickly and accurately.
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The Google Photos app gives unlimited free high quality storage. Google Photos also sorts your photographs automatically, by the things that are in them or by place, making them easily searchable.
13MP selfie camera
The 13MP wide angle selfie camera also uses phase detect auto focus. If you need to capture a selfie under low light, then the screen works as a flash.
The Nokia 8 has a high capacity 3,090mAh battery, which is charged through the symmetrical Type C USB3.1 charging and data transfer port. The data transfer rates are up to 1.5Gbps and the battery is Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 compatible.
Written by: Michael Brown