Review of smartphone Nokia 8: in search of lost time
Global HMD did not postpone it indefinitely and to stretch the filling out of the lineup for a few years. While Nokia 8, on the one hand, its characteristics looks like a real flagship in 2017, and with another – as its name (“nine” are free!) leaves space for something even more impressive. However, guessing is useless, today we deal with that smartphone, which at the moment is the top of the family revived Nokia.
In conversation about Nokia 6, I lamented the fact that the machine lacks some of the self, if you will – special technical solutions, allowing to allocate smartphone in the series. Of originality which has always distinguished the Nokia phones. Global HMD while exploiting the name, but doesn’t add him any touches. “Eight” is, unfortunately, no exception — she doesn’t have some intriguing technical features. Standard top platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, capacitive fingerprint scanner on the front panel, IPS display (albeit with a Quad HD resolution), splash protection (IP54) instead of a full moisture protection (IP67 or IP67), neat, but not outstanding design. Worth mentioning is that the dual camera module with Carl Zeiss optics and front camera of 13 megapixels with autofocus. Well, not gone anywhere software signature feature of the new Nokia – Android, the latest version by obtaining the most current updates. But maybe Nokia 8 manage to surprise us with something else?
|Nokia 8||LG G6||Huawei P10||Xiaomi Mi6||OnePlus 5|
|Display||5.3 inch, IPS,
2560 × 1440 pixels, 554 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.7 inch, IPS, 2880 × 1440 pixels (aspect ratio of 18:9), 564 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.1 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 432 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.15 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 428 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.5 inch, AMOLED,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 3; Gorilla Glass 5 on the rear panel||No information||Is, manufacturer unknown||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8996 (four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.35 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)||HiSilicone Kirin 960 (Quad core ARM Cortex-A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8996 (four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8996 (four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 540, 710 MHz||Adreno 530, 624 MHz||ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 850 MHz||Adreno 540, 710 MHz||Adreno 540, 710 MHz|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB||6 GB||6/8 GB|
|Flash memory||64 GB||64 GB||32/64 GB||64/128 GB||64/128 GB|
|Memory card support||There||There||There||No||No|
|Connectors||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA 800|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 800/900/1700/2100||HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 9 (450/50 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40||LTE Cat. 12 (600/150 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 16 (1000/150 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (600/150 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, IR sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|The main camera||Double module, 13 + 13 MP, ƒ/2.0, hybrid auto focus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash||Dual camera: 13 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 13 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash||Double module, 20 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and a hybrid auto focus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash||Double module, 12 MP: 27 mm, ƒ/1,8 + 52 mm, ƒ/2,6 (2x zoom); wide angle optical stabilizer works; phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash||Double module, 16 + 20 MP, ƒ/1,7 + ƒ/2.6, the contrast AF on a wide angle module + phase detection autofocus on teleformula, dual-led flash|
|Front camera||13 MP, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus||5 MP, autofocus||8 MP, ƒ/1,9, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus||16 MP, fixed focus|
|Food||Removable battery: 11,74 W·h (3090 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery by 12.54 W·h (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 12.16 WH (3200 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery is 12.73 W·h (3350 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,54 WH (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||151,5 × 73,7 × 7.9 mm||Of 148.9 × 71,9 × 7.9 mm||145,3 × 69,3 × of 6.98 mm||145,2 × 70,5 × of 7.45 mm||154,2 × 74,1 × 7,25 mm|
|Weight||160 grams||163 grams||145 grams||168/182 grams (normal version / ceramic)||153 grams|
|Protection case||Splash protection (IP54)||Yes, IP68||No||Splash protection||No|
|Operating system||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat, shell LG UX||Android 7.0 Nougat, own shell EMUI||Android 7.1.1 Nougat, shell MIUI||Android 7.1.1 Nougat, shell OxygenOS|
|Current price||39 990 rubles||39 990 rubles||35 990 rubles||29 990 rubles||32 000-36 000|
Appearance, ergonomics and software
About the design of the new Nokia smartphones I already wrote in the aforementioned review of the “six”. It only remains to repeat – Nokia 8 fits perfectly in the same concept. Thin the Home key that has an inbuilt fingerprint scanner, the characteristic contours of the body, from two inscriptions with the name on the case (front and rear) and distinctive unit with flash and camera on the back. And smartphone for 10 thousand rubles, and smartphone for 40 thousand made in the same style – for fans of “ultimate” is probably not too good news, but generally it is a very adult approach, distinguishing the Finno-Chinese from Chinese.
And that is the “premium” created by the materials and dimensions. The device is made from aluminum, which, of course, no surprise the owners of Nokia 6. And if you compare the numbers, “six” and even thinner. But there is nothing else – and then beveled faces come to the rescue, and different texture materials. Nokia 8 very pleasant to use, the developers managed to create not only expensive in price but gives you the camera.
This is especially true of glossy variants – blue and bronze. In the manner of Honor 8/9 and Honor a new generation of HTC they sparkle and shimmer in the light. It looks very cool, but only at first – such case, of course, very easy zalamyvayutsya and downright begging for a case in which it loses much of its charm. However, in the pictures and on the store shelf, this smartphone is able to charm.
The most controversial part of the Nokia 8 in terms of design is used the method of removing the antennas in the form of large plastic inserts on top and bottom faces instead of the usual small bars. It spoils the appearance and feel of a smartphone — but I would not say that categorically.
In terms of ergonomics, nothing special, “eight” not: volume control and screen lock on the right side, a mini-Jack on top, USB Type-C and the speaker on the bottom. All the usual and familiar to any user of Android smartphones.
Near touch key Home is located two illuminated navigation keys (also, of course, touch). To swap them is impossible, the left is always responsible for return to the previous screen, right – for the menu of open applications. With this, in principle, no problem. But with key Home — is.
After Apple surprised no one touch the implementation of the “home” button – and it’s nothing special, but Nokia has got another “surprise”. The fact that this is a sensitive touch surface that I’ve met in a long time, and unlock your smartphone out of your pocket if you do not put code or fingerprint protection (that someone still puts it at the pin?! — approx. edition), easy. For example, at the start of the smartphone for me, I managed to submit a post to Facebook, and later – to make an international call. After the lock he was constantly trying to break in an emergency. This is, frankly, overkill.
The scanner at the same time, of course, works really fast to unlock the smartphone takes less than a second. Problems due to the small surface as in Nokia 6, I have not experienced, and to rewrite the print during two weeks of testing I didn’t have. Some options of using a scanner, in addition to unlocking and confirmation of payment Android Pay, is not here. Additional “trick” with the control is used only in relation to the power button – quick press twice to launch the camera application.
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Nokia 8 Android 7.1.1 Nougat is used by default, but the manufacturer promises to promptly put the device on Android 8.0 Oreo. It is easy to believe – updates from Google come in all new Nokia very quickly.
No branded application on a smartphone and not as some third-party, affiliate, sort of search of “Yandex” Moto, which also uses Android intact. This freedom in defining what is important to you and what is not, is a big plus Nokia 8. Accordingly, the interface operates with lightning speed – then come to the aid and 4GB of RAM along with a very powerful platform.