Our Opinion

The Nokia 8 is a significantly better phone than the HTC U Ultra, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 8!

HTC U Ultra  Nokia 8 
HTC U Ultra Nokia 8
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Excellence Score
55.9
69.3
Value for Money Score
69.7
83.4
Price ₹ 22,630 onwards ₹ 25,830 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2017 Oct, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 Oreo, Expected upgrade to P
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 515 pixels per inch) 1440x2560 pixels (~ 554 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features Super LCD5, Secondary Display: 2.05 inch (160 x 1040 Pixels) IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.15 GHz 2.45 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
GPU Adreno 530 Adreno 540
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features HTC UltraPixel 2, 1.55um Pixel Size, F/1.8 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, BSI Sensor, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Sapphire Lens, Self Timer up to 10 Seconds, Face Detection, Pro mode with Manual Control, 16 sec. Long Exposure, RAW format support, Auto HDR, Panorama, Zoe Capture, Hyperlapse, Slow Motion Video, Video Pic Dual Camera (13MP + 13MP), F/2.0 Aperture, Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Carl Zeiss Optics, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), IR Range Finder, 1.12um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 13.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features HTC UltraPixel mode, BSI Sensor, Live Make-up, Auto Selfie (keep still or smile), Voice Selfie, Self Timer up to 10 seconds, Auto HDR, Selfie Panorama Full HD Video Recording Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, 78.4-degree Lens, Display Flash, 4K Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.99 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 170 gm 160 gm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3090 mAh
Battery Standby 312 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 26.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters Battery Talktime (4G): upto 26 hrs, Battery Standby Time: upto 312 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Battery Fast Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Hi-Res Audio; Motion Launch; HTC Connect; Quiet Ring on Pick-up; Pocket mode, Flip to Mute; HTC Sense Companion AI; Miracast; Chromecast Support; DLNA; NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band;, WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Nokia OZO Audio; Facebook and Youtube Live Streaming; Dual-Sight Mode; NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Arguably the most sumptuous, and beautifully designed Android phone available today - made almost entirely of glass, with a mirror finish - giving it a really unique, handsome, and bold aesthetic above anything else - it's drop-dead gorgeous
  • Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back
  • Its back is curved on to the phone’s four corners so it looks as though the device has been built as a whole rather than by slapping several different parts together - even more significantly, the U Ultra’s glass has been ionised so that even its black edition changes colour according to the light around you - it’s an effect that's difficult to describe, but pick up the handset yourself and its subtle shimmers and reflections are sure to set your heart aflutter
  • Its 170g weight barely registers in your hands, and at 8mm thin, it's a slight device, but not so much that it feels insubstantial
  • Its fingerprint scanner is front-facing, sitting just under the phone’s screen, and works like a treat - it’s fast and accurate
  • Brilliant display - a generous 1440 x 2560 resolution - that's roughly 513 pixels per inch - means that you're treated to visuals with plenty of punch and vibrancy
  • Also has a secondary screen - a thin 2.05in strip for instant notifications-related gratification - while it’s certainly not essential, it can end up being pretty useful
  • The U Ultra’s secondary screen isn’t always-on - it wakes up when you get a notification or flip your phone up - its 160 x 1040 resolution ensures you can always read what’s onscreen and HTC has designed the thing to work with all the apps you’d want - that means WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Gmail and many more
  • That’s not all this secondary screen can do either - when your U Ultra is unlocked it’ll show you upcoming calendar events, reminders you’ve set yourself and a 12-hour weather forecast for your location, among other things
  • HTC Sense UI on top of Android is one of the better Android UIs around
  • One of the most powerful phones you can buy in terms of speed/performance, with the same internals as the Google Pixel - chomps through even the most graphically demanding games without breaking a sweat
  • Decent rear camera - though not quite up to the level of other flagships
  • Decent front camera - delivers spot-on skin tones and it’s not half bad at night either
  • Vibrant HTC BoomSound speakers
  • Decent battery life - with moderate use, generally lasts for the whole day - although there are many flagship phones with a much better battery life
  • Fast charging support - topping up 33% of your battery in 20 minutes
  • Clean, no-nonsense, stylish design - it fits with what Nokia stands for
  • Build quality is top-notch too
  • Pocket-friendly size and footprint
  • Beautiful display - one of the best IPS LCDs available - 700+ nits of brightness, deep blacks, excellent contrast, and AMOLED-like sunlight legibility - it's even better than the iPhone 7/7Plus's which are the benchmark for IPS displays
  • Purists will enjoy the mostly stock Android UI (and the promise of regular updates)
  • The Snapdragon 835 offers chart-topping performance, doesn't get hot, and combined with a lightweight operating system - the Nokia 8 zips through any task you throw at it
  • The cameras on the Nokia 8 are pretty good too - they get almost everything right - the image quality from the rear dual camera setup is good, the specs are as relevant as they can get, and the extra features are trendy yet not over the top - color, monochrome, daylight, or nighttime
  • Usually good Portrait shots and Bokeh effects too - you can even adjust the effect's strength later on
  • The Dual-Sight shots are nice too, and an interesting add-on
  • The front camera is very good too, and among the best
  • Video recording performance is good too, especially the audio part which is class-leading - any concert recorded with the 8 will be as compelling on video as on the venue itself
  • With dual sight, you can also livestream on both cameras, which maybe a dream come true for many vloggers and avid social network users
  • Audio output quality via both headphone jack, and speakers is good too
  • Battery life is impressive too, and the phone will comfortably last the day even with heavy use
  • Fast-charging support
  • On the whole, the Nokia 8 is a revelation - HMD did the iconic brand justice by delivering on all promises - No rush to make up for the lost time - the Nokia 8 is methodical and confident, patient and prepared - and its packs a strong punch
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Pretty large and bulky size, so might not suit you if you have small hands or value pocket-ability
  • The glass construction, of course, makes it ridiculously prone to smudges, scratches and if you are not careful, glass shatters - even though HTC says it’ll survive a fall of about a metre
  • The sensible thing to do therefore might be to get a case that’ll cover up this vulnerability, but clearly that’s a less than ideal solution as it means you don't then get to gaze on every inch of its beautiful design
  • No waterproofing like some other flagships
  • Doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone socket - so you’re forced to use either USB-C (included) or Bluetooth headphones
  • The bundled USB-C headphones are pretty decent but will be difficult to replace given the very limited choice in USB-C headphones currently
  • Although its a solid all-rounder, the Nokia 8 lacks some cutting-edge features from high-end flagships in 2017 - like waterproofing or a bezel-less design
  • The cameras are good, but can sometimes be slow, and could also have been better in low light - Nokia 8's top competitor, the OnePlus 5 generally comes out a little ahead in the camera department
  • 4K videos could have been sharper and better stabilized
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  1. The Nokia 8 is a revelation....HMD did the iconic brand justice by delivering on all promises
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A decent all-rounder, the dual-camera Nokia 8 gets the job done
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  3. The Nokia 8 is a smartphone that would have been a worthy addition to the lineup of the Finnish company even in its heyday
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  5. Impressive, but not perfect
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