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The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus is a slightly better phone than the Nokia 8, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus!

Nokia 8  Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 
Nokia 8 Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus
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Excellence Score
64.0
65.4
Value for Money Score
67.9
69.1
Price ₹ 28,999 onwards ₹ 28,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Jan, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.3 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 554 pixels per inch) 1080x2220 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass Super AMOLED, Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.45 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 7885Ranked #18 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 540 Mali-G71
RAM 4 GB 6 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 16.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
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 F/1.7 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Pro Mode, Panorama, Hyperlapse, 1.12µm Pixel size, 1/2.8” Sensor size, 78° Field-of-view, HDR, Video Digital Image Stabilisation, Live Stickers, Stamps, Beauty mode, Filters, Night mode, Quick Launch, Floating camera button, Grid Line, Location Tags, Voice Control, Continuous Autofocus video, Face detection, Tracking AF, Playback zoom, Video location tags
Secondary Camera 13.0MP 16MP + 8MP
Secondary Camera Features Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, 78.4-degree Lens, Display Flash, 4K Video Recording 16MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size; 1/3.1” Sensor size; 76° Field-of-view, 8MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 1.12µm Pixel size; 1/4.0” Sensor size; 85° Field-of-view, Full HD Video Recording, Live Stickers, Stamps, Beauty mode, Filters, Night mode, Quick Launch, Floating camera button, Grid Line, Location Tags, Voice Control, Video Digital Image Stabilisation
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB 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
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.3 mm
Weight 160 gm 191 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3090 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 23.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A Audio Playback (AOD on): upto 50 hrs, Audio Playback (AOD OFF): upto 73 hrs, Video playback: upto 19 hrs, Internet use (WiFi): upto 15 hrs, Internet use (3G): upto 12 hrs, Internet use (4G): upto 14 hrs
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 NFC; ANT+ 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
  • Premium front and back glass design, with a metal frame sitting in between (similar to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8)
  • IP68 certification for water and dust resistance
  • Beautiful 6 inch edge-to-edge display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio - you’ll love playing games, watching videos or web browsing on the screen - the display is gorgeous, and the color reproduction is pretty good - sunlight legibility is good too
  • Samsung's UI over Android is pretty lean and includes useful stuff like Secure Folder, and Samsung Pay (which comes with UPI, Paytm and Mobikwik integration)
  • The Bixby AI functionality adds useful stuff like Bixby Vision in the camera app, which lets you point the camera at an object or place to offer relevant results - you can also use Bixby Vision to scan QR Codes and point at text to translate in any given language supported by the assistant
  • Good speed/performance in daily use, as well as in high-end games
  • Decent (though not exceptional) front facing dual camera setup - has a good bokeh effect, especially in daylight
  • Good battery life - lasts the whole day even with heavy use
  • Decent 'fast-charging' support - charging from empty to full takes about an hour and 45 minutes
  • 'True' dual SIM experience
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
  • A little bit on the thick and heavy side, compared to its main competitors - the OnePlus 5T, and the Honor View 10
  • As in case with all the smartphones with glass panels, it is slippery and a bit of a fingerprint magnet (luckily Samsung has bundled a clear case along with the smartphone)
  • Face unlock is iffy and not too accurate (you are better off using the fingerprint sensor)
  • Samsung's Experience UI, while decent, could do with less of bloat
  • Rear camera is decent but falls behind it's main competitors - the OnePlus 5T, and the Honor View 10 - handling of details and exposures is ordinary, video recording is average, and low light performance is not great either
  • On the whole, seen in absolute terms, the Galaxy A8+ is a pretty decent all-round phone, but compared to the likes of OnePlus 5T and the Honor View 10 (the prevailing leaders in this price segment), it falls behind - the OnePlus 5T has a distinct edge in terms of software & performance - and the View 10 in terms of camera
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 »
  5. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. A solid mid-range Samsung Android phone...But if you are looking for performance, speed, and a bit more excitement, there seem to be quite a few other phones that fit those ideas better
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It's meant for those who want Samsung's brand value or care more about design than performance
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Isn't very convincing when seen next to the OnePlus 5T and Honor View 10
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Samsung Galaxy A8+ looks good, delivers on battery life, has an excellent build quality and offers IP68 certification. If these aspects score higher over core performance and camera quality, you can consider the Samsung Galaxy A8+
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. If you can do away with some minor issues, and want a premium smartphone without spending much, the Galaxy A8+ (2018) could be a good option
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
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