HMD Global revived the iconic Nokia brand, and launched a series of Android smartphones. The Nokia 2 is the most affordable device priced under Rs 7,000, whereas the Nokia 8 is the most expensive of the lot, priced at Rs 37,000. The Nokia 8 comes with top-of-the-line hardware such as Snapdragon 835 SoC, a QHD display, and dual-camera setup at the back.
Nokia phones, be it the N-series or the Lumia-series, have been known for their camera prowess. With the Nokia 8, we had high expectations, but we were a bit disappointed with the camera performance when we reviewed it. Now, DxOMark, which is the most trusted benchmark for smartphone photography, has put the Nokia 8 through the paces, and the results are not surprisingly disappointing.
The Nokia 8 has got an overall score of 68, which is even worse than the Apple iPhone 6 that was launched in September 2014. What’s even more surprising is that it sits right below the Lava Z25, and just above Gionee S10L. It does manage to score slightly better than the age-old Nokia 808 PureView that featured a 41-megapixel camera, and ran on Symbian OS.
The Nokia 8 features twin 13-megapixel rear cameras – one is a color sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS), and other is a mono sensor, both having an aperture of f/2.0. DxOMark testing revealed that the Nokia 8 produces images with good exposure and accurate white balance. With Auto HDR turned on, the dynamic range is also good.
However, the problem lies in texture and noise. The Nokia 8 lags in these departments when compared to other flagship smartphones. Even in bright light, areas with plain color have fairly strong noise, whereas details are usually low, and a lot of blurring is noticeable, DxOMark notes. The details drop even further in low-light scenarios and when indoors.
Currently, the top spot is held by the Google Pixel 2 with a score of 98 points, whereas the Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro come close with a score of 97 points. The iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 have logged a score of 94 points, whereas the iPhone 8 has a score of 92.