Our Opinion

The OnePlus 5 (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone, but the Nokia 8 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the OnePlus 5 (8GB RAM, 128GB).

Nokia 8  OnePlus 5 (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
61.0
67.0
Value for Money Score
66.4
62.7
Price ₹ 28,499 onwards ₹ 35,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Jun, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.3 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 554 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass Optic AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 Colour Coverage, sRGB, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display, Ambient Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.45 GHz 2.45 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 540
RAM 4 GB 8 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 13MP + 13MP 16MP + 20MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 Camera 1: Sony IMX398 Sensor; F/1.7 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Camera 2: F/2.6 Aperture; Sony IMX350 Sensor; 1.0um Pixel Size; Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF); 2X Optical Zoom, Slow Motion Video, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ, Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image
Secondary Camera 13.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, 78.4-degree Lens, Display Flash, 4K Video Recording Sony IMX371 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Electronic Image Stabilisation, Full HD Video Recording, HDR, Screen Flash, Smile Capture, Face Beauty
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot 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
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.25 mm
Weight 160 gm 153 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3090 mAh 3300 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, Quick Charge 3.0 Yes, Dash Charge
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Nokia OZO Audio; Facebook and Youtube Live Streaming; Dual-Sight Mode; NFC; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Internal Storage; Fast Battery Charging (Dash Charge); Support AANC; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound; DLNA; NFC; USB Audio Support; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Top-notch build quality, with the ergonomics, handling, and aesthetics of a true high-end premium device
  • Good AMOLED display with great color rendition, and an excellent in-built Kindle-like "reading mode"
  • OxygenOS continues to be an excellent blend of stock Android and light but useful touches in all the right places - it is, without doubt, one of the best Android UIs around
  • Performance is blazing fast all round - matching and sometimes even beating other Snapdragon 835 powerhouses like the Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium - and not just in benchmarks, but in real-life use
  • The 8GB of included RAM is simply astounding, and unmatched by any other phone till date - making the phone as future-proof as is possible - although any differences in real-life performance relative to the 6GB version may be hard to notice at present
  • Very good dual camera setup - giving arguably the best camera phone in this price bracket - overall it's pleasing color rendering and good dynamic range - the portrait mode is pretty nice too - overall the camera is fast and reliable
  • Videos shot are also pretty decent (although it misses out on video stabilisation, which was present in the OnePlus 3/3T)
  • Good loudspeaker - improving significantly over the OnePlus 3/3T
  • Very solid battery life - offering a significant improvement over the already very good OnePlus 3T in real life use
  • OnePlus's proprietary dash charging technology continues to provide industry leading fast charging speeds
  • On the whole, leaving aside the camera, which is good but not comparable to the best in business, the OP5 matches other premium flagships in all other areas - and delivers this at a fraction of the price - continuing OnePlus's tradition of offering great performance at excellent value for money
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The design is aesthetic but nothing original, or distinctive
  • The phone's display is pretty good but doesn't pack the same punch as the (admittedly higher priced) premium Android flagships
  • The camera is again excellent for the price, and an improvement over the OnePlus 3/3T, but doesn't match up to the level of the premium flagships like the Galaxy S8, the Google Pixel, the HTC U11, and iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
Expert Reviews
  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
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Impressive, but not perfect
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
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  1. Still mighty good value for your money
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The OnePlus 5 is outstanding, especially for the price; no other phone gives you the same bang for the buck
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The OnePlus 5 comes with class-leading specs, for half the price of an iPhone 7
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. theguardian.com in-depth Read Review »
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  10. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
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  13. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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