Our Opinion

The Nokia 8 is a much better phone, but the Motorola Moto X4 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Probably the Nokia 8, if your budget allows for it.

Motorola Moto X4 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Nokia 8 
Motorola Moto X4 Nokia 8
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Excellence Score
31.5
64.0
Value for Money Score
74.4
68.5
Price ₹ 11,624 onwards ₹ 28,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2017 Oct, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 1440x2560 pixels (~ 554 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features IPS IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.45 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 508 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
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 8MP 13MP + 13MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1.4um Pixel Size, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; 120-degree Wide-angle Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Ultra-wide Angle Shot, Professional mode, Depth Detection and Depth Effects, Selective Focus, Selective Black & White, Background Replacement, Spot Color, Landmark/Object Recognition, Scan barcodes/QR codes/Business cards, Panorama, Slo-motion Video, Best Shot 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 16.0MP 13.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0um Pixel Size, LED Flash, 4 MP Adaptive Low Light Mode, Selfie Panorama, Face Filters, Beautification mode, Professional mode 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.99 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 163 gm 160 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3090 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, TurboCharge Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (TurboCharge): 6 hrs of power in 15 mins; NFC; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Nokia OZO Audio; Facebook and Youtube Live Streaming; Dual-Sight Mode; NFC; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Gorgeous looking metal and glass build - it's high-end style at a reasonable price
  • Comfortable design for one-handed use - with a 5.2-inch scale the Moto X hits the sweet spot for scale - it's easy to hold in one hand - comfortably, too, thanks to those rounded-off edges - without feeling like it's a chore to extend fingers across the screen
  • Waterproofing, with IP68 weather-resistant construction
  • Some of Motorola's add-ons include Moto Key to unlock additional devices via fingerprint (like your PC), Moto Actions to perform features by physical actions, Moto Display for always-on display, Moto Voice for an always-on voice assistant (will be enabled in India later), Wireless Sound System (to connect up to five Bluetooth devices - if you fancy having a bit of a party with a stack of speakers)
  • Good, punchy display with nice contrast and colours
  • Effective front-facing fingerprint scanner with gesture control
  • The software continues to be stock Android supplemented with some intelligent Moto applications - an approach that has worked very well for Motorola and earned it a lot of fans
  • Good/smooth performance in regular use
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear - does reasonably well with both normal shots and bokeh shots, especially in good light
  • Decent front camera too
  • Other Camera features include a barcode, QR code and business card reader, which is auto-entered into the device, plus object and landmark object recognition to gain additional insights into famous places
  • Good battery life, assisted by an efficient processor, and a relatively smaller screen - should comfortably last the day even with heavy use
  • Fast charging (TurboCharge) support
  • 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]
  • There is no edge-to-edge display here that is becoming more common now among both mid-range and flagship devices
  • While the performance is good in daily use, when pushed with the heavy apps/games, the performance is not quite to the level of the phone's top competitors - in fact the performance is only a little bit better compared to its budget cousin - the Moto G5S Plus
  • The cameras placed on the back, in a large protruding circular section, makes for a unique look - something that may or may not be to your taste
  • The camera app is somewhat slow to launch and a little slow to focus
  • On the whole too, the camera is decent, but there are certainly better camera phones in this price bracket - the sluggish HDR, slow focus speeds in video and the not-always-effective bokeh mode will leave you wanting more
  • On the whole, the Moto X4 might be a good option only if you are really keen to get a compact phone, but generally in terms of both performance and camera, there are better phones in this price bracket
  • 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
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  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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  4. Impressive, but not perfect
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