The Nokia 8 might seem a bit outdated in terms of design (the front panel), but the phone really packs in high-end specs under the hood. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 835 processor combined with 4gigabytes of RAM. It has an internal storage of 64GB which can be further expanded with microSD card up to 256GB.
If you compare the price and storage with the OnePlus 5, you might feel remorse about the Nokia device. While the Nokia 8 offers 4GB RAM/64GB storage for a price of Rs. 36,999, OnePlus 5, on the other hand, comes for Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/64GB version. Of course, a phone’s price is determined based on build material, design, imaging components, and other factors. That being said, HMD Global claims that its flagship has undergone a scrupulous ‘40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing’ to bring about a distinctive design. The phone does look elegant but only from the rear side.
And while the Nokia 8 carries premium entrails, we expected the device to handle at least a few rigorous day-to-day tasks. Talking about the synthetic benchmarks first, the phone was able to score 173401 points in Geekbench test. On AnTuTu, the phone managed to get a single-core score of 1922 and multi-core score of 6533.
In our gaming test, the Nokia 8 faced minor hiccups while loading graphic-intensive games like the Asphalt 8: Airborne. However, during the gaming, we didn’t face noticeable lags and graphic details were rendered properly throughout the game. We would like to add that while playing these graphics-intensive games, 13 tabs were open in the background, but like we said there wasn’t frame drop while running the games.
Our photo editing test requires DNG files shot from a 5D MarkII (resolution of 22MP) to be edited in Lightroom for Mobile and Snapseed. While editing the images in Lightroom and tweaking certain tools there were no lags. But it took a few seconds to export the images to the highest quality from editing app to the device. In Snapseed, the phone managed to import images quick enough and we didn’t see any lag while applying presets but while exporting the files to JPEG format the same happened like with Lightroom.
While switching between a myriad of apps, the phone could handle it smoothly and with almost 13 tabs open in Chrome, it didn’t stutter. Overall, the Nokia 8 delivers decent performance with few heavy process rendered smooth enough leaving little room for complaint.