But at Rs 36,999, the Nokia 8 is nearly a no-brainier.
HMD Global has finally launched this year's flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8 in India. It comes in Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel and Polished Copper colors. With this, the fight to be the best in the premium segment is on. The device features top of the line specs with latest OS. But, on the contrary, the competition is pretty intense out here. The Nokia 8 retains the design ethos of old Lumia smartphones still looks modern and contemporary at the same time.
Under the hood, it's powered by an Octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 Gb built-in storage. The colour sensor is equipped with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). Connectivity features on the Nokia 8 include WiFi 802.11ac (MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE, USB Type-C, Global Positioning System and NFC. What is particularly interesting about the design is that despite the vertically positioned dual-camera module at the back, there is no evident bump.
The pricing set by the company puts the handset in direct fight with OnePlus 5, Honor 8 Pro, BlackBerry KEYone and even LG G6 after its recent price-cuts. It comes in two variants 6GB and 8GB. The devices are manufactured in India, at the factory of Taiwanese contract maker Foxconn, and are priced upwards of Rs 9,500 (for the Nokia3 device). There is 4GB of RAM on board and 64GB of expandable storage. Which would also mean that it may get scratched easily, much like the Jet Black iPhone 7 models that were given a similar treatment.
The autofocus worked very well in my brief usage and camera also offers some noteworthy features like Bothie and 3D audio capture. It has a 16-megapixel front camera.
Lastly, the smarphone is IP68 dust and water resistant.
Nokia's also touting the Nokia 8 as a device created for "storytellers". The smartphone also supports microSD card expansion with the dedicated micro SD card sot. Powering the device is a 3090mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support via USB Type-C port. In the camera department, the device features a vertically-aligned dual-camera setup on the back along with a dual-tone flash module and an IR range finder.
Nokia 8 was officially announced in August in London. There is a 5.3-inch Glance Screen Quad HD display with an impressive pixel density of 544ppi. The exclusive feature is its 13 MP front / rear cams built in collaboration with Carl Zeiss which record 4K videos simultaneously on their own. There is A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS support along with support for NFC. As for the resolution, in the given conditions, the display was bright and crisp. The home button below the display also doubles as the fingerprint sensor.
The Nokia 8 runs on pure Android.