Video: It is capable of 2160 or [email protected] fps including dual sight split screen. The unit has three microphones and uses OZO’s sound recording algorithms for 360° binaural sound. It simply means that sound is replayed as from the direction it came in – nice.
Video was average to good – depending on light levels. There is also live streaming to Facebook Live and YouTube.
Selfie: Another 13MP, 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4˚ with display flash. Excellent quality but not very wide angle for groups. No OIS means low light shots are blurry even with screen flash. There is a portrait mode (Bokeh) which adjusts the focus of the image.
Dual Sight: You can have both front, and rear camera’s going at the same time and showing on a split screen. Sounds good but getting the selfie and the rear image in frame together is a challenge. Still, it is a good idea.
Panorama: 4,000 pixels tall, good stitching, and great results in good daylight.
Mono mode: tested but did not have valid comparisons with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in mono mode. Looked good.
Summary: It is capable of producing decent still images in good light, but the image quality gap is too far away from other flagship camera’s – if outstanding photos are your need then look elsewhere.
Android 8 – Oreo
I am familiar with Android 7.x, and 8 is more of the same style. Using pure Android (almost – it does have its camera apps) means fast updates from Google.
All third-party apps remain the same while the home screen has been tweaked to a Nokia design.
But the downside is that the Android kernel is not ‘tuned’ specifically for the hardware, something Samsung, LG and Sony do so well to extract every last ounce of performance out of the hardware.
The main differences between 7 and 8 are:
- Picture in picture mode
- Autofill for forms
- More learning of user preferences
- Better storage management for smoother performance
- Wi-Fi awareness for mesh networks
- Support for 18:9 screens and multi-displays
- More desktop friendly for casting to a monitor and using a keyboard and mouse
- Better battery management via limits on background apps
- Better, smoother performance
- Wider Bluetooth support for codecs including aptX HD, Sony LDAC,
- Better font and icon management including notification dots on icons
- Better security
Some of these are hardware dependent.
As I said right at the start if you consider this a flagship then you may as well buy another brand with all flagship features – Samsung Galaxy 8/+ and Note 8 are the undisputed leaders. But the LG V30, Pixel 2 (and XL), Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and HTC U11 also offer more all around.
The reality is that Nokia 8 isn’t the best phone on the market right now, but it offers a lot of the features you expect from a great device in a well-designed package with a classic name.
If you can bag a bargain and get it between $500-600, then it’s a different story with competition more from OPPO, Samsung Galaxy A5/7, Moto G, Alcatel 4/5 and LG G6. Here it will likely outperform all.