Nokia 8 Review: Connecting The Dots: Display, Battery Life, Connectivity

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Display

The Nokia 8 is built around a 5.3" IPS display of a flagship-grade 1440p resolution. Some might have hoped for OLED, but HMD stuck with IPS LCD. The 5.3" panel is a bit smaller than the Nokia 6's screen, but is much sharper with its 554ppi density. And it should be much brighter, maxing out at 700 nits (vs. 450 nits for the mid-range model).

Peeking into it under our microscope peeking revealed a regular RGB matrix.


HMD promised 700 nits of maximum brightness and it delivered. Combine that with those deep black levels and you acquire an fantastic 1840:1 classy screen contrast.

One thing worth mentioning is that even when the auto brightness is turned off and you pick a fixed position from the slider, the level of illumination varies a bit for unknown reason. Nothing to worry about, though.

Display test

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Nokia 8 0.382 703 1840

Apple iPhone 7 Plus (max auto) 0.50 681 1362

Samsung Galaxy S8 Max auto 0 618 ∞

Apple iPhone 7 Plus 0.41 573 1398

LG G6 max auto 0.277 564 2036

Samsung Galaxy S7 max auto 0.00 563 ∞

Huawei P10 Plus 0.335 547 1633

Nokia 6 (Global version) 0.364 484 1330

LG G6 0.228 468 2053

Meizu Pro 7 Plus 0 453 ∞

OnePlus 3T 0 447 ∞

Samsung Galaxy S8 0 440 ∞

OnePlus 5 0 435 ∞

Samsung Galaxy S7 0.00 391 ∞

As far as color reproduction is concerned, the Nokia 8's classy screen does a very fine job producing accurate colors and the average deltaE is 5.5. The maximum deviation of 12.2 is in the white levels which suffer from a bluish tint.

In our sunlight legibility test the global Nokia 8 posted an excellent contrast ratio beating any other Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panel we have tested to date and on par with the best AMOLEDs out there!

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    4.768

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    4.658

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    4.615

  • Oppo R11

    4.454

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    4.439

  • OnePlus 3

    4.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    4.376

  • HTC One A9

    4.274

  • Samsung Galaxy Note7

    4.247

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    4.241

  • Nokia 8

    4.239

  • OnePlus 3T

    4.232

  • Google Pixel XL

    4.164

  • ZTE Axon 7

    4.154

  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus

    4.147

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    4.09

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    4.019

  • OnePlus X

    3.983

  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite

    3.983

  • Apple iPhone 7

    3.964

  • Oppo R7s

    3.964

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    3.956

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    3.935

  • Lenovo Moto Z

    3.931

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

    3.918

  • OnePlus 5

    3.914

  • Samsung Galaxy C5

    3.911

  • Samsung Galaxy C7

    3.896

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.895

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor

    3.879

  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor

    3.873

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3.859

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    3.818

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

    3.817

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

    3.812

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

    3.804

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode

    3.802

  • LG V20 Max auto

    3.798

  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro

    3.798

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    3.795

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    3.789

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    3.783

  • Meizu Pro 5

    3.781

  • Microsoft Lumia 650

    3.772

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    3.767

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

    3.756

  • Oppo F1 Plus

    3.709

  • Vivo X5Pro

    3.706

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    3.688

  • Apple iPhone SE

    3.681

  • Huawei Mate 9

    3.68

  • Samsung Galaxy A7

    3.679

  • Meizu PRO 6

    3.659

  • BlackBerry Priv

    3.645

  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

    3.597

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3.588

  • LG G6

    3.556

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    3.53

  • Motorola Moto Z Play

    3.526

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode

    3.523

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

    3.523

  • Acer Jade Primo

    3.521

  • Microsoft Lumia 950

    3.512

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3.499

  • nubia Z11

    3.466

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    3.456

  • HTC U Ultra

    3.453

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    3.422

  • Meizu MX5

    3.416

  • LG V20

    3.402

  • Huawei P10

    3.379

  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)

    3.378

  • Oppo R9s

    3.352

  • Honor 8 Pro

    3.341

  • Oppo R7

    3.32

  • Lenovo P2

    3.316

  • Honor 9

    3.289

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    3.276

  • Nokia 5

    3.261

  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)

    3.244

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    3.24

  • Nokia 6 (Global version)

    3.238

  • Samsung Galaxy J2

    3.235

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    3.234

  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2

    3.228

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    3.222

  • Oppo F3 Plus

    3.218

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    3.206

  • Huawei P9

    3.195

  • ZTE Nubia Z17

    3.159

  • Lenovo Vibe Shot

    3.113

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    3.105

  • LG Nexus 5X

    3.092

  • HTC U11

    3.089

  • Huawei Mate S

    3.073

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    3.065

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    3.012

  • Sony Xperia L1

    2.994

  • Sony Xperia X

    2.989

  • Huawei P10 Lite

    2.974

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Huawei Mate 8

    2.949

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4

    2.92

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S

    2.913

  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra

    2.906

  • LG G5

    2.905

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime

    2.893

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    2.884

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    2.877

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)

    2.877

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    2.876

  • Nokia 3

    2.871

  • Microsoft Lumia 550

    2.851

  • Lenovo Moto M

    2.813

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    2.803

  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact

    2.784

  • Meizu MX6

    2.751

  • LG V10

    2.744

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    2.735

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)

    2.714

  • Meizu M5

    2.71

  • Sony Xperia M5

    2.69

  • Huawei P9 Lite

    2.679

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    2.679

  • Vivo V3Max

    2.659

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix

    2.658

  • Doogee Mix

    2.642

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2.641

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a

    2.635

  • Sony Xperia XA

    2.609

  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)

    2.582

  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus

    2.582

  • Meizu M5s

    2.58

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2.574

  • LeEco Le Max 2

    2.567

  • Microsoft Lumia 640

    2.563

  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL

    2.563

  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2

    2.561

  • Lenovo Moto G4

    2.544

  • Lenovo K6 Note

    2.544

  • Oppo F1

    2.528

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    2.525

  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c

    2.506

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2.503

  • Oppo F1s

    2.481

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    2.473

  • Huawei G8

    2.471

  • Huawei nova

    2.467

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Lenovo Vibe K5

    2.459

  • Meizu m3 max

    2.447

  • HTC 10 evo

    2.407

  • Huawei Honor 7

    2.406

  • Sony Xperia E5

    2.386

  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo

    2.382

  • HTC 10

    2.378

  • Oppo F3

    2.376

  • vivo V5 Plus

    2.371

  • Meizu m1 note

    2.362

  • Huawei nova plus

    2.329

  • HTC One E9+

    2.305

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    2.254

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    2.253

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)

    2.249

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2.235

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    2.234

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Huawei P8

    2.196

  • Meizu M5 Note

    2.189

  • Huawei Honor 6

    2.169

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    2.166

  • OnePlus Two

    2.165

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • LG Aka

    2.145

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)

    2.145

  • Archos 50 Diamond

    2.134

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Xiaomi Mi 4S

    2.095

  • Acer Liquid X2

    2.084

  • Huawei P8lite

    2.078

  • vivo V5

    2.059

  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual

    2.026

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    2.001

  • Xiaomi Mi Max

    1.996

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    1.972

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Meizu m3 note

    1.923

  • Meizu m2 note

    1.892

  • BlackBerry Leap

    1.892

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    1.759

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie

    1.68

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

    1.675

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    1.659

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Sony Xperia L

    1.351

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1.311

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

Battery life

The Nokia 8 is powered by a 3,090 mAh battery - a rather average power for a flagship. The phone supports Quick Charging 3.0 technology and comes with a 18W charger in the retail box. It fills up the battery from 0 to 48% in only 30 minutes.

The Nokia 8 turned out to be a capable performer in our battery test with a 78-hour Endurance rating. It did a very fine job in all tested scenarios - video, calls, web browsing and stand-by performance.



Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you utilize the Nokia 8 for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Connectivity

The Nokia 8 comes in singe and dual SIM versions, and the one we have on our hands is the dual SIM one. The dual-SIM slot is of the hybrid kind, so you will have to choose between two SIMs or a memory card.

Courtesy of the Snapdragon 835 chip, the phone supports Cat.9 LTE for theoretical maximums of 450Mbps down and 50Mbps up.

The Nokia 8 supports dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and all of the available standards. Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, and GLONASS are also enabled. NFC is available, too, but Frequency Modulation (FM) radio is missing.

The port on the bottom is Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C and supports the latest v3.1 revision for quick file transfers. Universal Serial Bus (USB) Host and OTG should be supported, but you'll need to buy an adapter.


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