Specs Comparison: Huawei P10 vs Nokia 8

Specs Comparison: Huawei P10 vs Nokia 8

For this match, we will take a look at both flagship smartphones from two different brands within the same price range – the Huawei P10 and the Nokia 8. Let us see which smartphone has the upper hand when it comes to specs. Let’s start!

The Huawei P10 is a flagship smartphone that was released by the company earlier this year. It has a 5.1-inch Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a Kirin 960 chipset, Mali G71 GPU, 32GB/64GB internal storage, a 4GB RAM, 20MP monochrome + 12MP color Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) dual rear cameras with dual-LED flash, 8MP front camera, and a 3,200mAh battery.

The Nokia 8 is HMD Global’s flagship smartphone which launched recently in the Philippines. It has a 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 64GB/128GB internal storage, 4GB/6GB RAM, 13MP (Color + OIS) + 13MP (Mono) dual rear cameras with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and dual LED flash, a 13MP PDAF front camera with display flash, and a 3,090mAh battery.

Here are their detailed specs:

Huawei P10Nokia 8
5.1-inch full HD display @ 1920×1080 pixels5.3-inch QHD IPS display @ 2560 x 1440 resolution
HiSilicon Kirin 960 2.4GHz octa-core2.5GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Mali-G71 MP8 GPUAdreno 540 GPU
32GB/64GB internal storage64GB/128GB internal storage
expandable to 256GB via microSD card (hybrid — uses SIM2 slot)expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2 slot)
Dual-SIM, Dual StandbyDual-SIM (nano-hybrid), Dual Standby
4G LTELTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
20MP monochrome + 12MP color f/2.2 dual rear cameras with dual-LED Flash, OIS13 MP (Color + OIS) + 13 MP (Mono) rear cameras: 1.12um f/2.0, 76.9-degree, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash
8MP f/1.9 front camera13 MP PDAF front cameraL 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4-degree, display flash
WiFi 802.11ac (2×2 MiMo)WiFI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO)
Bluetooth 4.2 LEBluetooth 5.0
Fingerprint ScannerFingerprint Scanner
Android Nougat with EMUI 5.1Android 7.1.1 Nougat
3,200mAh Li-Ion battery with Super Charge3090mAh non-removable battery
145.3 x 69.3 x 7mm (dimensions)142 x 71.8 x 8.9mm
145 grams (weight)160 grams (weight)

Here are the advantages of each smartphone.

Huawei P10
+ Higher rear camera resolution
+ Leica co-engineered camera
+ Slightly larger battery
+ Lighter weight


Nokia 8
+ Slightly higher screen size
+ Higher screen resolution
+ Better performing CPU
+ Better performing GPU
+ Higher front camera resolution
+ Carl Zeiss camera lenses
+ Bluetooth 5.0
+ IP 54 splash and dust resistance
+ Pure Android experience with monthly security updates

For their screen displays, the Nokia 8 has a bigger screen size and higher screen resolution which equates to 554ppi. The P10, on the other hand, has a 5.1-inch screen size and 1920 x 1080 resolution or equal to 431ppi. While the P10’s pixel density is already great by today’s standards, having a higher PPI is better especially if you’re planning to use it for VR.

If we look at their performance from processors, the Snapdragon 835 of the Nokia 8 gives a better performance compared with the Kirin 960 of the P10. We have not tested the benchmark scores for the Nokia 8, however, the Snapdragon 835 is Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset and basing this from general benchmarks, it surpasses the Kirin 960 by a significant amount. As for their Graphical Processing Units (GPU), the Adreno 540 of Nokia 8 provides a better gaming potential than the Mali G71MP8 of the P10.

Let us now look at the camera department, With both smartphones offering good camera features and technologies, we could say that this is already a win-win situation for users who plan to buy any of these smartphones just basing from their quality and performance. Huawei P10’s camera proves that it gives an excellent photo quality, check out our sample photos from the smartphone here. For the Nokia 8’s camera, it carries the Carl Zeiss lens which is known for providing good photo qualities since it is being used for professional photography and filmmaking. The Nokia 8 also has a camera mode feature called “Bothfie” which gives users the option to take a photo from their rear and front cameras at the same time. Check out our sample photos from the Nokia 8 here.

For their battery life, the P10 has a slight advantage in terms of capacity but can be a huge factor in battery life. We have tested the P10 and it was able to last for 9 Hours and 15 Minutes using the PC Mark battery test. While we’re yet to test the Nokia 8 we expect it to achieve better, if not similar results while taking to account the Snapdragon 835’s power efficiency. We’re looking forward to reviewing the Nokia 8 soon to confirm this.

The software is also a factor worth considering. While both phones run on Android Nougat, the Nokia 8 has the upper hand considering its pure Android experience with monthly security updates. In fact, the Nokia 8 is already slated to receive Android 8.0 Oreo before the end of the year. The Huawei P10 is also likely to receive Android Oreo but we’re not sure yet when it will arrive.

The Huawei P10 is priced at Php28,990 (see price listing here) while the Nokia 8 is priced at Php29,990 (see our article here)

Both flagship smartphones are worth buying but which one do you prefer? The Huawei P10 or the Nokia 8? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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2 Responses

  1. imagi says:

    nokia phones hands down. kapag nahulog mo ang nokia phone, sira ang floor.

  2. Jude says:

    now this is a good comparison. each phone have advantages over the other. it will make people think which will better suit them. i can’t decide which 1.

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