Ever since the return of Nokia we have seen Nokia 3, 5 and 6 smartphones. Now, HMD Global has launched the Nokia 8 handset which is not only the company’s first high-end android smartphone but also the first flagship mobile from the company. Thus there’s a lot of speculation going on around the new Nokia 8 and it includes most of the specs you would expect from a top phone this year. The Nokia 8 has 5.3-inch Quad HD display (2560×1440). It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage. The storage is extensible with microSD cards.
The design mainly emphasizes on camera. It features Zeiss optics on the front and rear cameras, both 13MP sensors.It has a dual camera array at the rear with one color and one monochrome. It also offers a camera trick called “Bothie” mode where it will activate both front and rear cameras at the same time to capture images and videos. Even though there are some cool features in this phone, it has some flaws in it. Here are the 5 important drawbacks you need to know about the phone if you are intending to buy it.
1. Thick Bezel Design Makes Phone Look Uglier
Even though the mobile looks sleek, HMD sticks with large display bezels and capacitive keys. With the emerging trend of smartphones such as Samsung, LG and the upcoming iPhone 8 moving towards edge-to-edge display and increasing the ratio of screen to phone body to obtain a bezel-less design, Nokia isn’t providing an inspiring design as it is sticking with a large display bezel.
2. Lack of Water Proof Screen
When a company is trying to launch a flagship mobile it should be mindful about adding new features that are useful to users in the long run and the all new Nokia 8 has failed to provide the users with one of the most important features which is waterproof. Nokia 8 handset isn’t waterproof instead, it is splash proof. It is only IP54 certified for water and dust resistance while Samsung Galaxy S8 is IP68 and iPhone 7 is IP67 certified.
3. No Wireless Charging
With so many smartphones providing wireless charging technique, Nokia 8 did not experiment with adding this feature. HMD presenting the Nokia 8 as a flagship and by not including the wireless charging feature, it clearly isn’t setting the bar high. Some claim it as this so called flagship supports FAST Charging, with no special announcement on it by the official website! Holy contradictions, Batman! It would be lagging behind smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 in this segment.
4. Compromise For Storage with Hybrid Slots
This design provides a hybrid slot where one can choose to insert a dual sim or micro SDcard. But what’s the point of providing a hybrid slot when a user has the necessity of both? This design is making the user to compromise in choosing between the dual sim and micro SDcard.
5. Cost & Availability Issues
It will be available in the market across Europe from September, priced starting from 599 euros ($705 / Rs. 45,000). This slightly is overpriced than its competitor OnePlus 5 which is available from $479 only. Thus it doesn’t make it a cheap Android phone with good specs. And it won’t be available in most of the countries even by the end of this year and by the time it is available in the market, there will be many other smartphones to choose from for the people which may overcome the drawbacks of this phone.
How much did you like the phone? Did Nokia reach the expectations in producing the best smartphone in the market? Are you interested in buying this FLAGSHIP? What do you think about this availability? Do let us know in the comment section below. We love to hear from you!