The renaissance of Nokia happens to be the highlight made the year 2017 in terms of new phone releases. The comeback of Nokia smartphones in the previously dominated industry came with a lot of mixed reactions from the public. It was a bitter sweet moment given that most of us were excite with the comeback of the Nokia brand smartphone but a little bit on edge with the post Microsoft acquisition. During the launch, the phone was lauded for its fast updates and amazing quality experience. We break down the dynamics with the spec and the Nokia 8 price in Ghana. Is the Nokia 8 worth the hype or is it just another failed attempt by Nokia? So what is Nokia 8 price in Ghana cedis?
When 2017 was starting, HMD Global was making headlines especially with the release of the Nokia android phones through the brand. We were all hyped up with the launch of the previous versions such as Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6. Just when we taught that was their last trick up their sleeve with the middle range phones, then boom! The Nokia 8 was unveiled. Many assumptions had been made especially with the PR win with the new Nokia 3310 but Nokia 8 really was the proof in the pudding that Nokia were back in business. But in an evolving industry with new models each break of dawn can the Nokia withstand the pace and competition?
Nokia 8 overview
- Great performance
- Very good display
- Superb battery life
- Stock Android with timely updates
- Not fully waterproof
- Low light performance for the camera
- Small fingerprint scanner
- Generic design
Nokia 8 specs
The price of Nokia 8 in Ghana in most recent stores like reapp retails at GHc3, 500 but you can get a good deal at Jumia that retails at GHc2, 250. So, does Nokia 8 specs and price in Ghana really fit the status quo especially with competing with other big models such as Samsung, HTC and LG? Well a simple glance at the spec-box is enough to make you satisfied with model. It features pomp and even in the midst of a jam packed market, it is set to secure a niche for itself. If it is not the design magic then the performance is bound to sweep you away.
- Technology: GSM/ HSPA LTE
- Dimensions: 151.5 × 73.7 × 7.9 mm (5.96 × 2.90 × 0.31 in)
- Weight: 160 g (5.64 oz.)
- Build: Front glass, aluminum body (6000 series)
- SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) 4
- Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Size: 5.3 inches, 77.4 cm2 (-69.4% screen to body ratio)
- Resolution: 1440 × 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (-554 ppi density)
- Multitouch: Yes
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Card slot: micro SD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
- Internal: 128 GB, 6 GB or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
- Features: Zeiss optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
- Colors: Tempered blue, polished blue, steel, polished copper
Nokia 8 hardware
When it comes to the phone design, Nokia take home the bragging rights with years of experience in the industry. The Nokia 8 has a distinctive hardware design fitted with an impeccable built quality. Remember they have been designing way before Apple came to take over the market. But given with the years of technical know-how in designing, they could have done a spectacular job. The design is not bad but it is not ‘wow’ either. It is just there, like the former versions Nokia has maintained the same design.
With the Nokia 8 handset in hand, you won’t have the convenience that comes with the topping up without carrying your charger. Another addition is the USB -C port which should also mark the standard for other android smartphones. It has thin design due to the metal curves from the sides to the back. The front part of your Nokia is equipped with bezels; it is big in your face and not at all trendy bezels.
The first thing you will notice with the handset in your hand is the ultra-small display it has. The handset has an LCD panel which is a feature that is becoming less common among the special handsets. It has boasts of a QHD resolution with 5.3” inches in size that has a total density of 554 ppi. The sunlight of the Nokia 8 has a contrast ratio that is the best when it comes to the LCD and it manages to beat even the newly introduced AMOLEDs.
The overall color accuracy is decent with one of the notable exceptions that are evident in the standardized testing. The black levels that are packed are really good for the LCD. The LCD has backlights unlike the OLED technology that makes use of individual pixels as you simply switch it off under for it to be displayed at the back. As for the viewing angles, they are unarguably one of the best in terms of the LCD models that are in the market.
Processor, storage and performance
When it comes to the all-round performance, the Nokia 8 really impresses. Its operating system is one of the purest versions of Android. The functionality is also smooth and fast. Nokia also made announcement of marketing the new Android operating systems that comes with updates such as the Android Oreo. It comes with a handy 3.5 headphone jack and an increasing rarity. It has 64 GB storage and plenty of space to upgrade with a 256 GB micro SD card.
Nokia has really maintained its faith in the Android 7.1.1 even with little embellishments This is an improvement of plastering their own interface all over Android. They are also steadily involved in the supply of both the handsets and the unmolested version of the 8.0 Oreo version of the OS. It comes with a couple of pre-installed apps such as the music streaming service Deezer, Amazon Prime Now and eBay.
When you have LCD display for the screen then it is bound to utilize a lot of power with the backlights. Nokia did a pretty decent job with the battery life. On average when carrying out normal phone functions like making a call, web browsing, screen-on time moments for a photo session for close to 3 hours then your battery percentage will be at 68%. Backed up by the 3090 mAh battery, the performance with the phone is going to last you the whole day.
With the price of the new Nokia 8 price in Kenya coming down each passing day, it has a good experience with the handset in your pocket. But be prepared for a little struggle with the pictures especially when under low light areas. It is truly a good flagship effort of the Nokia Android device after the renaissance of the Nokia brand. We cannot overlook the history of Nokia in the mobile history around the world. It also marks the first history in the mobile industry being the first branded top of the line model that runs on the Google OS.
Another frustrating fact about the entry of the Nokia 8 is that it had been hyped up as the ‘best smartphone of the moment’ but upon its launch it seemed not to have lived to its expectations. Given that the pictures it captures or given the encounter with the odd software slutter it just falls off with the likes of its competitors. Word around town, is that Nokia is set to outclass the Nokia 8 with new editions of the Nokia 9 and Nokia 10. We hope that with the entry of the new devices they would focus on the camera performance.
Speaker and call quality
When it comes to the call quality, Nokia 8 has a great one. This is a phone anyone can go for. When it comes to the speaker, its a uniquess one because listen to quality music from the phone.
Nokia 8 software
OS & features
The design consists of a typical slab of aluminum with glass with the curved edges and the subtle plastic antennae at the top and bottom of the edges. There is a little hint of raised aluminum rim that covers the dual-camera. It also has a recessed and ‘non-click’ fingerprint-sensored button that is below the display. This is backed up by the capacitive back and the app-switching buttons. When it comes to the weight, the Nokia 8 packs 160 g with a thickness of 7.9 mm. Given the small display it wouldn’t have hurt if they had gone for a tad small.
Camera, video, and image quality
Going back in time when Nokia took on the hiatus from the industry, the camera was starting to be a field of hardware expertise for other industry stakeholders which they invested in heavily. The use of the Carl Zeiss optics for branding of the back was not so much of a wise move. From a far, you can be blown away with the dual camera feature but the stellar main shooting array is one thing bundled in one. It has the capability to produce high quality pictures in the presence of ample natural light. But there is more need to be done especially when competing with the likes of Pixels, iPhone, flagship Samsung and Mate 10s.
It has a dual 13-megapixel camera set up that is capable of taking well-balanced pictures but compared to the competition out there with the like of Infinix, Samsung and Opppo; there was more that could have been done. As for the auto-focus, it is relatively slow and you will have a hard time with getting the close-ups also. The dual-sensor has a completely different focus length for that physical zoom effect with the second camera taking the monochrome pictures.
The camera can use both the front and rear cameras at the same time with the dual-sight mode. It also features the live recording to Facebook Live and YouTube Live with just a single touch. It also records 4K video with the Nokia OZO spatial 360 degrees audio. You are guaranteed also of pure, secure and up to date Android Oreo OS.
The Nokia 8 plus price in Ghana is set to give the other brands in the same price and specs bracket a run for their money. I feel that despite having a great screen, long lasting battery life and the flagship of the specs, there could have been new installations to make the phone stand out. Given that Nokia had taken a backseat from the manufacturing industry, it appears it isn’t much they have picked up from the recess. The look is just there, it lacks the properties that make it stand out. But all in all, with the Nokia edge price in Ghana, it is worth your savings.
The Nokia 8 price in Ghana is fair given it balls at the same level with other brands with the same specs such as the HTC Desire 10 pro and Samsung J7. But you have to take concern of the camera that is surprisingly inconsistent with the day performance with the silicon it is packed with as it has a pure version of the Android that it runs. But aside from the camera, it has one of the best performances given it is the first Google running on the Android version. It is worth the buy.