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Nokia 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8: Specs, features & Price comparison

Apple just announced its 2017 smartphones range including iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. In this article, we have compared the affordable Nokia Android flagship Nokia 8 to iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 in terms of specs, features, and price.

Nokia 8 is now available in markets for an RRP of EUR 579 in European markets, £499 in the UK and is priced even less than that in Asian markets. Galaxy Note 8 is priced at EUR 999, while iPhone 8 Plus starts at EUR 909. Nokia 8 offers great performance for a much better pricing as compared to Note 8 and iPhone Plus 8.

Nokia 8 comes with some cool features like Bothie, OZO Audio unavailable on both Note 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, however, come with Wireless charging unavailable on Nokia 8. In terms of Dust and Water protection also Note 8 and iPhone 8 Plus offer better protection.

Coming to the display quality, Nokia 8 and Note 8 come with displays providing much better PPI than the iPhone 8 Plus. Both also offer Gorilla Glass 5 protection again absent on iPhone 8 Plus.

Rear camera wise Nokia 8, iPhone 8 Plus and Note 8 all feature 12MP/13MP Dual-Lens cameras. Front camera wise, however, Nokia 8 seems to be a better offer because of its 13MP camera as compared to 7MP on iPhone 8 Plus and 8MP on Note 8.

Nokia 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8 comparison:

Nokia 8 iPhone 8 Plus Galaxy Note 8
Price EUR 579-599, Rs 36,999 (India) EUR 909, Rs 73000 (India) EUR 999, Rs 67,900 (India)
SIM Available as both single SIM and Hybrid dual-SIM variants Available as single SIM variant Available as both single SIM and Hybrid dual-SIM variants
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Size 151.50 x 73.70 x 7.90 mm 158.40 x 78.10 x 7.50 mm 162.50 x 74.80 x 8.60 mm
Weight (gm) 160 202 195
Design Metal Unibody Design  Glass and Metal Design  Glass and Metal Design
Color Variants Tempered Blue, Silver, Polished Blue, Copper Silver, Space Gray, Gold Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold, and Deep Sea Blue
Display 5.3 inch 5.5 inches 6.3-inches
1440×2560 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 1440×2560 pixels
554 ppi 326 ppi 522 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 display N/A Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 display
multitouch, 700nits screen brightness, Glance Screen Support, Sunlight visibility improvement, polarizer Multitouch, Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating Multitouch, Always-on display
Platform Android ™ 7.1.1 Nougat iOS 11 Android™ 7.1.1 Nougat
Camera Dual Camera: 13MP (Colour + OIS) + 13MP (Mono) Dual Camera: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras 12 MP Dual Pixel Sensor
f/2.0, 76.9˚, PDAF, IR range finder ƒ/1.8 f1.7 aperture
Dual tone LED flash Quad-LED True Tone flash autofocus, LED flash
Selfie Camera 13MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4˚, display flash 7MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash 8MP, f/1.7, autofocus
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Apple A11 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
GPU Adreno 540 GPU Adreno 540 GPU
In-Built Storage 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
MicroSD card support Expandable Memory : Up to 256GB Expandable Memory : Up to 256GB
Sensors Type C, USB3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps), 3.5mm headphone jack, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, E-compass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint Sensor, Hall sensor, Barometer USB 3.0, reversible connector, Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer USB  3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Battery Integrated 3090 mAh battery  2700 mAh Battery Integrated 3300 mAh battery
Quick Charge 3.0 Fast Charging Quick Charge 2.0
Not User replaceable Not User replaceable Not User replaceable
Fingerprint Scanner Yes Yes Yes
Wireless charging No Yes Yes
Iris/Face Scanner No No Yes
Audio Enhancement OZO Audio No No
Water/Dust Protection IP54 certified IP67 certified IP68 certified
Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long. He currently sports a Lumia 950 XL and Nexus 5X. Other interests include listening to Nu-Metal Hits and Kick-Boxing. Write to him at Email: [email protected]
  • Jack de Kleine

    This is not where I should ask this but is there a Nokiapoweruser app on Android. Can’t find it. Please reply

  • Desi

    I have an Iphone and Galaxy both work phones and I went in to EE to try the Nokia 8 and it is a very good phone at £500, its very fast and the build quality is excellent.

  • Gokul

    Nokia i mean HMD should get rid of that shitty stock camera app and should bring back old lumia app which has full manual control.
    And i dont know wats the point of have dual camera if the secondary camera is only capable of taking monochrome pics…y cant they made it a better way like for better blur effect like on iphone and note 8 or something like wideangle shots like lg doing..just a ZEISS name wont make the camera better..
    Wat makes the nokia The Nokia still missing on Nokia branded HMD phones.
    No new innovation…just another phone like one plus 5, honor 8..

    • Kamal

      Yes, Camera app can help some improvements for sure. But unless we run camera test on Nokia 8 we can’t pass judgements on camera capability. Nokia 6 camera has a very good Bokeh effect, so it will be great on Nokia 8. Panorama too was good on Nokia 6. We will test and let you know when we get it.

      If there are better phones on the market that have your kind of innovations for Nokia 8 like pricing, please feel free to buy them. Nokia had innovations like wireless charging, Iris scanner etc 3 years ago on its phones but what happened. It is the overall package that matters and I can’t wait to get Nokia 8 as my main phone till Nokia 9 arrives.

  • DB

    Trolling? Propaganda? Did you even read what I wrote?
    I am expressing my personal opinion and asking why are you neglecting some of the obvious issues and you call that trolling and propaganda?
    Isn’t this the sole idea of the comments section, so people can share their PERSONAL opinions? Or is it fit only for opinions which are positive?
    The funny thing is that at the same time you can tell us that we are blinded by hate and therefore don’t share your opinion and we must simply say “alright mate, I changed my mind now”?
    You can ban me all you want, but in my understanding, this certainly isn’t the way to treat your regular visitors.

  • DB

    So this is how you roll? Whenever someone disagrees with you opinion you ban him? You’ll probably ban this one as well, but in the meantimeI hope more people see how you treat the people who visit your website and don’t necessarily agree with you or share your opinions.
    What an awesome website you are.

    • Kamal

      comments are welcome but trolling is not. Don’t come here with propaganda as that will not be tolerated. We usually give long rope but one who abuses the privilege is banned with no questions asked.

      • The Censored by NPU One (DBS)

        Oh that’s bullsh*t and you know it. You also banned me because I *dared* to question your limited view of the World and I actually explained exactly why I think the Apple flagship is not the iPhone 8 but the iPhone X, I had already explained by I think the Nokia 8 is not a real flagship and because you can’t seem to refute my claims or even admit that I *might* have a valid point (even if you disagree with it), you simply take the coward’s way and you ban people.

        Guess what? People’s opinions won’t change because you banned them. Your opinion will NOT be the right one just because you silenced anyone who disagrees. You simply use vague words like “your hate” and it seems “propaganda” and “trolling”, to justify banning whomever disagrees with you. It just shows your lack of maturity more than anything else. And for someone who likes to “preach” about people calling themselves “journalists” etc, that’s a pretty way of proving you’re no better than those you criticise.

        I’m fine with being banned. Unlike what you might believe, I don’t need NPU neither to know what Nokia/HMD will do, nor to know anything else. And I certainly don’t need to come here to give you ad-revenue. So yeah. Best of lucks to you, enjoy your site with fewer discussions, fewer readers and fewer revenues. That’s a really smart move, I’m sure.

        (post scriptum – I’m not “DB”. I’m assuming that’s someone else you also banned, judging by his/her comments, based on what they thought. If they’re someone passing themselves for me, I appreciate the gesture but it wasn’t needed).

  • DBS

    Of course, Apple’s flagship isn’t the 8 Plus. It’s the iPhone X. So that’s the phone you should be comparing the Nokia 8 with.

    Although, let’s be honest…that abortion of a pseudo-flagship is being humiliated enough by the iPhone 8 as it is. Putting the Note 8 here is just cruel, adding the iPhone X would be rubbing salt on the wounds.

    After yesterday, HMD has been put into the corner to “outdated OEMs with inferior offerings”. They can enjoy the company of Sony and OnePlus there.
    Meanwhile, LG, Samsung and even the always-late-Apple have gone ahead and given old Nokia fans a bunch of phones to make sure they’re never returning to Nokia branded devices. Not whilst HMD follows this path.

    The Nokia 9 – if it still exists – will have to be one hell of a phone with a sh*t ton of 2017 going on 2018 features to stand any chance against the V30, S8 line and iPhone X. And the Nokia brand will not make magic happen if the Nokia 9 is as shitty as the Nokia 8. Sad.

    • Sankar Pillay Hovelly

      Probably that’s why their CEO resigned within 24hrs.

      • DBS

        HMD’s CEO was invited to step down by the Board (aka Nokia). I have less and less doubts that the failure that is the Nokia 8 was the final straw.
        Although were I Nokia, and assuming product management wasn’t simply following the CEO’s orders, the product manager would be sacked immediately after the new CEO is picked.

        • Nokia doesn’t control HMD’s board. Frankly Nokia 3,5,6 all got the product design correct and also the quality it seems is there except in Camera department. A better processor would have assured success for the phones but this is the first gen. How many first gen lineups have succeeded in smartphone industry? Not even Apple had that luck.

          • The Censored by NPU One

            Actually they do. Nokia’s position on the BoD of HMD includes supervision and control of operations to assure the protection of their brand. So when the people from Nokia aren’t happy, they have the power to intervene. And if the other member of the board were to vote against Nokia, Nokia could simply withdraw the rights to the branding which would immediately kill HMD as a company.

            I’m also not inclined to let the “this is the first gen” excuse pass. None of the people doing these phones are new to the game. They were all Nokia employees. They all came from their former D&S division (the one Microsoft ruined). They are simply repeating the exact same mistakes that led to the demise of Nokia’s original D&S division. Good build quality with bad processors and software. So of course Nokia is having a dejá vu.

            • Actually if you look at it closely it is mostly the newbee Asian companies that are killing it esp the ones from China.
              Oneplus, Xiaommi, Oppo, Vivo, Lenovo, Honor/Huawei, Gionee (not sure about them these days). While others are all crashing and burning or like
              HTC- Dead practically, I haven’t seen or heard anybody buy a new HTC device in 4 years.
              LG – My current fav, but their product lineups doesn’t even match current Nokia in Low end except Q6 which is just average if reviews are to be believed. But the company like Samsung attracts sales because of its brand.
              BB – Dead
              Samsung – Riding on their image power and brand value but they have also lost the low end game to Oppo/Vivo but attracts sale from first time Smartphone buyers who don’t recognize or trust the new Chinese brands (incidently Nokia/HMD targets these buyers).
              Sony – Lowend nonexistent. Practically Dead like HTC.

              See these are all old brands with experienced people at helm and these companies also have their tech intact unlike Nokia which sold its smartphone business and lost/fired many of its employees.

              Nokia/HMD doesn’t have the scale or capability like Oppo/Vivo or Lenovo to flood the lowend with High spec uninspired devices but they do have their brand and a design guidance from Nokia which they leverage to comeback to the market. Nokia 5 and 6 wont capture the imagination of people like Xiaommi’s first device or Oneplus or even Lumia 520 did but it does enough to grab attention and attract few novice smartphone buyers.

              • DBS

                Well, you might be overplaying the Chinese brands a bit. OnePlus isn’t actually more successful than Sony, LG or HTC when it comes to sales. But they do have a smarter business model which is to only do ONE phone a year (well, sometimes two) and focus on that one.
                As for the Chinese brands, only Huawei is growing. The others are pretty relevant brands in China and some surrounding Asian countries but they pretty much stay in that region with pretty unsuccessful forays outside that area.

                I agree with you that HMD doesn’t have the scale or capability of Oppo or Lenovo or Huawei. Which is why the decision they made of scrapping Nokia’s original plan of only having a premium device, in favour of repeating the mistakes of the past and flooding the market with uninspired low end devices, is a stupid decision.

                Which is why I hope HMD’s new CEO makes the company do a 180º turn and leave low end phones behind to focus only on a premium and more restrict offering. As you described, the low end market is a cutthroat one. And they don’t have the scale to compete.

                (post scriptum – We can have this conversation anywhere else. Someone in NPU’s cowardly staff likes to ban anyone who disagrees or challenges their ideas and I honestly don’t have much time to constantly circumvent their pathetic ban so that I can have discussions with people like you who – unlike them – actually put forward interesting and valid arguments)

      • Kamal

        CEO resigned on July 19. Nokia 8 was launched on August 16. How did you invent connection between too??

        • Sankar Pillay Hovelly

          You don’t need to invent such things. If the device is announce on august 16,it must have been already in production by July 19. Unless you know of any other reason why he resigned immediately after successful launch of Nokia 356. My best guess is it’s related to Nokia 8, hence the word probably. Not everyone is an inventor here.

          • Kamal

            He had to resign because Nokia 3, 5 and 6 launches were not handled properly. The strategy behind their release causing big delays proved to be a failure and HMD received lots of negative feedback because of that.

    • Kamal

      Hardly. Apple has positioned iPhone X as their super-phone. iPhone 8 is the continuation of their flagship device range.

      And to be frank, it seems you are blinded by your hate. Nokia 8 looks to be a solid offer for the price it commands and it also has some features not available on iPhone 8 Plus. You said all kind of bad things about Nokia 3, 5 and 6 too but most of the time I hear good things about those phone from other readers.

      Nokia 8 will be a hit because HMD has dome very smart pricing and as the comparison table shows clearly it offers much more bangs for bucks than iPhone 8 Plus.