Nokia 8

Strong to the Fin­nish

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This is the fan­ci­est model of a new range of phones launched by Nokia, now un­der new man­age­ment again af­ter the brand was bought back from Mi­crosoft by for­mer Nokia ex­ec­u­tive Jean-fran­cois Baril. We liked the look of it when we first saw it, and when we found out it was sell­ing for £499 – still pricey but over £100 less than other brands’ top mod­els – we liked it even more.

Var­i­ous colours have been an­nounced, but the only one read­ily avail­able is Steel, an odd name con­sid­er­ing it’s made from a sin­gle block of alu­minium. The back feels lovely and is com­fort­able to hold, and the front is even bet­ter, with a very sharp 5.3in screen un­der Go­rilla Glass 5. It doesn’t feel as fu­tur­is­tic as the Sam­sung Galaxy S8 or Ap­ple iphone X, but with enor­mous bright­ness and 98.5 per cent of the SRGB colour range, there’s not much to com­plain about. Be­low the screen is a fin­ger­print sen­sor.

In­side is a pro­ces­sor that’s in the top rank for ev­ery­thing ex­cept 3D gam­ing, where it’s still very good, and it’s run­ning stan­dard An­droid with no gim­micks. Not only is it fast, but it keeps go­ing. In our video-play­back test, the bat­tery lasted 18 hours 46 min­utes. The crown­ing glory is the dual rear cam­era (see im­age be­low left), which takes ex­cel­lent stills and video. There’s also a ‘bothie’ mode to shoot from front and rear to make a side-by-side picture of you and what you’re look­ing at.

What other phone could you buy for £500? The Oneplus 5 is £50 cheaper and ex­cel­lent, but cur­rently out of stock, with a new ver­sion ex­pected. In this price bracket, lit­tle else re­ally stands out. Nokia’s prob­lem, though, is that the Sam­sung Galaxy S8, which launched at £689, can now be found for as lit­tle as £525 (Ama­zon As much as we ad­mire the Nokia 8, the S8 is even more im­pres­sive, with its edge-to-edge AMOLED screen and wa­ter­proof case. But if you’re not a Sam­sung fan, Nokia may be for you.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS 5.3in 2560x1440-pixel screen • 2x 13-megapixel rear cam­eras • 13-megapixel front cam­era • 64GB flash stor­age • Mi­crosd card slot • 802.11ac Wi-fi • Blue­tooth 5.0 • 3G/4G • An­droid 7 • 152x74x7.9mm (HXWXD) • 160g • One-year war­ranty

VER­DICT: The com­pe­ti­tion won’t let Nokia back into the phone mar­ket with­out a fight, but it’s very hard to ar­gue with the 8

AL­TER­NA­TIVE: Sam­sung Galaxy S8 £525 It seems un­fair to Nokia to list this as a ri­val, but with cur­rent heavy discounts it’s vy­ing for the same cus­tomers

Sleek de­sign, fast pro­ces­sor and ac­cu­rate screen colours

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