Nokia 8 vs OnePlus 5 vs HTC U11 vs Samsung S8 plus: Nokia seems to be pinning its hopes on the camera

HMD Global, the company behind the re-entry of Nokia in the smartphone market has launched its first, true flagship, the Nokia 8. The Nokia 8 will compete with smartphones from both the high-end and the premium segment because of its odd combination of hardware, features and price.

Image Credit: HMD Global, Nokia

Image Credit: HMD Global, Nokia

The Nokia 8 features a 5.3-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) IPS LCD display with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen. The IPS LCD panel comes with a 554 PPI pixel density, which is pretty high. The phone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.45 GHz along with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.

The company is also offering a variant with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage, but that will only be limited to the 'Polished Blue' colour variant. It offers expandable memory using microSD cards of up to 256 GB via the microSD card slot. The smartphone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

There's a 4G-enabled nano-SIM slot along with a hybrid nano-SIM slot that can be used as a micro-SD card slot to expand storage up to 256 GB. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v5 A2DP and LE, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NFC, FM Radio, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a reversible Type-C USB 3.1 port in terms of connectivity. HMD Global has also added an IP54 rating to ensure that dust and minor water splashes don’t damage the smartphone.

Image Credit: HMD Global, Nokia

Image Credit: HMD Global, Nokia

As for the battery, there's a 3,090 mAh non-removable Lithium-Ion battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0. The device will be available in four color options, Tempered Blue, Polished Blue, Steel and Polished Copper. The smartphone will be available in Europe for EUR 599. The company has not announced the pricing and availability of the flagship for the Indian market at the time of writing.

With the launch of the much-awaited flagship from Nokia, it is sure to generate interest amongst potential smartphone buyers. The reason for this interest is both because of the nostalgia associated with the Nokia brand in addition to the sturdy build quality that we expect from the company. With this in mind, we've pitted the Nokia 8 against the 2017 flagships currently available in the Indian market.

Image Credit: HMD Global, Nokia

Image Credit: HMD Global, Nokia

We have chosen the Nokia 8, the OnePlus 5, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the HTC U11 for the comparison. Even though, the Nokia 8 is not available in the Indian market, we can expect the device to arrive here in the coming months. Availability in the Indian market is the reason we have not included flagships from Lenovo-owned Motorola and Xiaomi. You can check all the specifications for the devices in the table below:

Smartphone Nokia 8 OnePlus 5 Samsung S8+ HTC U11
Display Size (inches) 5.3 5.5 6.2 5.5
Resolution (pixels) 1,440 x 2,560 1,080 x 1,920 1,440 x 2,960 1,440 x 2,560
Pixel Density (PPI) 554 401 529 534
Display Type IPS LCD Optic AMOLED Super AMOLED Super LCD5
Dimensions (mm) 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 154.7 × 74.1 × 7.3 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9
Weight (gm) 160 153 173 169
Dual SIM Yes Yes Yes (Variant) Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
Connectivity Types GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE / VoLTE GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Exynos 8895 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
CPU Cores Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core, Octa-core Octa-core
CPU Clock Speed 4x Kryo 280 @ 2.45 GHz & 4x Kryo 280 @ 1.9 GHz 4x Kryo 280 @ 2.45 & 4× Kryo 280 @ 1.9 4x Kryo 280 @ 2.35 & 4x Kryo 280 @ 1.9 and 4x Cortex A73 @ 2.3 & 4x Cortex A53 @ 1.7 4x Kryo 280 @ 2.45 GHz & 4x Kryo 280 @ 1.9 GHz
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 540 Adreno 540, Mali G71MP20 Adreno 540
RAM 6 GB, 4 GB 6 GB, 8 GB 4 GB, 6 GB 6 GB
Ruggedness IP54 IP68 IP67
Onboard Memory 64 GB, 128 GB 64 GB, 128 GB 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Sensors Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Heart rate Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass Iris scanner, fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Heart-rate, SpO2 Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass
Primary Camera 13 MP f/2.0 and 13 MP f/2.0 16 MP f/1.7, 20 MP f/2.6 12 MP f/1.7 12 MP f/1.7
Optical Image Stabilization Yes No Yes Yes
Camera Array Dual Camera Dual Camera Single Camera Single Camera
Autofocus System Phase detection, Laser Autofocus Phase detection Phase detection Phase detection
Secondary Camera 13 MP f/2.0 16 MP f/2.0 8 MP f/1.7 16 MP, f/2.0
Video Capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Flash Dual-LED Dual-LED LED Dual-LED
OS Version Android 7.1.1 Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.1 Nougat
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth v5, A2DP, LE v5, A2DP, LE, aptX HD v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX v5, A2DP, aptX
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprint Scanner Yes, Home button Yes, Home button Yes, Rear button Yes, Home button
3.5 mm jack Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radio - No No No
USB Type Type-C Reversible connector Type-C Reversible connector Type-C Reversible connector Type-C Reversible connector
USB Standard USB v3.1 USB 2.0 USB 3.1 USB 3.1
Battery capacity (mAh) 3,090 3,300 3,500 3,000
Fast charging Yes, Quick Charge 3 Yes, DASH Charge Yes Yes, Quick Charge 3
Colours Tempered Blue, Polished Blue, Steel, Polished Copper Midnight Black, Slate Gray Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, Solar Red
Price in India 599 Euros (approx. Rs 45,000) Starting Rs 32,999 Rs 64,900 Rs. 51,990

Conclusion:

The Nokia 8 will face heavy competition from rivals in the Indian market at launch. One thing to note here is that it does not bring anything new in terms of design or specifications. The only new feature that Nokia brings to the table are in terms of software with the ‘Bothie’ feature that uses both the front and back camera modules at the same time to capture a photo or video. The company has also added ‘Dual-Sight’ video where users can livestream using both the front and back camera at the same time. The smartphone also captures 360-degree spatial audio with the help of OZO Audio feature.

There are a few things that may work for the company as it packs Carl Zeiss lenses on both the camera modules at the back. Another neat addition is stock Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box along with a clean UI. Last but not the least, the nostalgia factor would work for Nokia once the smartphone launches in the market. The unique features like ‘Dual-Sight’ and ‘Bothie’ may attract some users and content creators.

Image Credit: HMD Global, Nokia

Image Credit: HMD Global, Nokia

However, the problem here is not the new software features but the fact that Nokia has not launched anything revolutionary in terms of the hardware. The company was known to take risks and bring different hardware innovations to the market. The Nokia 8 can’t compete with OnePlus 5 in terms of the value for money proposition either. The design is also not as bold as that of the Galaxy S8, but the appreciation of this is a subjective choice. It looks similar to the HTC U11 in terms of looks without adding anything new, like the U11's squeezable frame gimmick.

So far, Nokia's flagship seems like a very safe design. It offers a pure Android experience, plain design and a brand name. We're not sure if that'e enough to get everyone to take notice of the fact that Nokia is back. For now, judging by the specs on paper, Nokia appears to be pinning its hopes on the camera. Let's just hope that it's a good one.


Published Date: Aug 18, 2017 08:31 am | Updated Date: Aug 18, 2017 06:58 pm