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Specs Comparison: Nokia 8 vs OnePlus 5

HMD Global launched their latest flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8, in the Philippines a few weeks ago. It packs a 5.3-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835 CPU, and dual rear cameras. But how does it stack up against one of the most powerful smartphones of this year, the OnePlus 5? Find out in our quick specs comparison below.

Nokia 8OnePlus 5
5.3-inch IPS QHD (2560 x 1440), 554ppi5.5-inch Optic AMOLED FHD (1920 x 1080), 401ppi
2.5D, Corning Gorilla Glass 52.5D, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform
Adreno 540 GPUAdreno 540 GPU
64GB UFS 2.164GB/128GB UFS 2.1
microSD up to 256GBn/a
13MP (Colour + OIS) + 13MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, PDAF, IR range finder, dual-tone flash16MP Sony IMX 398, 1.12um, EIS, DCAF, f/1.7 wide-angle + 20MP Sony IMX 350, 1.0um, PDAF, f/2.6 telephoto, dual-tone flash
13MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0, display flash16MP Sony IMX 371, 1.0um, EIS, fixed-focus, f/2.0, screen flash
Dual-SIM (hybrid)Dual-SIM
4G LTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL4G LTE Cat. 12, 600Mbps DL /150Mbps UL
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO)WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO)
Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
USB 3.1 Type-CUSB 2.0 Type-C
Fingerprint sensorFingerprint sensor
Nokia OZO spatial 360° audioDirac HD Sound, Dirac Power Sound
3090mAh w/ Quick Charge 3.03300mAh w/ Dash Charge
Pure Android 7.1.1 Nougat (upgradeable to Oreo)Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat (upgradeable to Oreo)
151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm
160 g153g
Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished CopperSlate Gray / Soft Gold

Summary of advantages

Nokia 8:
* Higher display resolution
* microSD card support
* IP54-certified body
* Ir rangefinder
* Front camera has AF
* Pure Android experience
* Faster USB Type-C
* Shorter and narrower
* More color options

OnePlus 5:
* Slightly larger display size
* Larger RAM
* 8GB + 128GB variant
* Higher camera resolution
* Telephoto camera
* Faster LTE modem
* Larger battery
* Thinner and lighter
* Lower starting price


As you can see, both smartphones have merits. They’re both premium devices with aluminum bodies, powered by Qualcomm’s flagship chip – the Snapdragon 835, and comes with local warranty.

The Nokia 8 has the upper hand when it comes to its QHD display which is good for VR applications. Although it doesn’t have a 128GB model as of the moment, the microSD card support is a worthy feature. It is also a capable shooter with dual 13MP sensors with PDAF, Ir rangefinder, and ZEISS optics. The IP54 body is also an attractive feature as users need not worry about accidental spills or splashes. In addition, the pure Android experience is perfect for those who don’t like a lot of bloat on their devices.

The OnePlus 5, on the other hand, is not to be scoffed at. It starts at 6GB RAM + 64GB storage with a high-end 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. Mobile photographers will like the higher camera resolution with telephoto and EIS capabilities although those who are fond of selfies might not like the fixed-focus front camera. It also has a faster LTE modem and a larger battery with Dash Charge which OnePlus claims to power your device for an entire day with just 30 minutes of charging. Lastly, it might not have stock Android but Oxygen OS proves to be a capable operating system.

Now for the price. The Nokia 8 starts at Php29,990 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, while the OnePlus 5 starts at Php26,490 for a 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model. A few bucks more at Php30,990 will get you a high-end 8GB RAM + 128GB model.

If you’re going to ask us, the OnePlus 5 looks like a better bang for the buck. But we’d like to know what you think. Nokia 8 or OnePlus 5? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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13 Responses

  1. Jude says:

    it’s difficult to choose between the 2. both have their advantages over the other. so, dun na lang sa tried and tested brand. nokia 8.

  2. Clae says:

    Too bad I am biased because I’m still using my Oneplus One ’til now since November 2014. The only problem now with my One is the battery because of usage. I am thinking of upgrading to Oneplus 5 currently with its good hardware and software. You can get the oneplus 5 for Php26,490 at 24 months installment (selected credit cards only). Php24,990 if straight payment. Saw the actual unit at Glorietta and it is very nice to hold. ;)

    • Wilson says:

      Where in Gloritta can I find it on the price you mentioned ? Installment/straight.

      About usage you mentioned you got the oneplus one 2014, I suppose it has Android J on it. Just want to know was it upgradeable to present Android N or at least to Android M.

      I am thinking also of upgrading to Oneplus 5 but just want to know how’s the performance and support.

    • Clae says:

      Hi Wilson! 3rd Floor at Digital Walker. Straight payment atPhp24,990 for 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model, Php26,490 if installment (imputed interest is 6%). My OS is dated with Marshmallow and I am still using the Cyanogen OS which is not supported anymore, no more updates. This OP5 though is Oxygen OS which is regularly updated I believe. Better check the unit at the store before you buy to be sure.

  3. Àce Rook says:

    Nokia 8 absolutely

  4. Melvin says:

    I want Nokia 8. I’m a fan of the Finnish mobile maker. Nokia is a tried-and-tested phone for it’s durability ever since. I’m glad they had switched to Android OS. Yes!

  5. Orl says:

    The iconic and legendary smartphone maker and brand is back? Of course Nokia 8 difinitely..

  6. Kevin says:

    Nokia 8 for sure because of its reliability and trusted brand value.

  7. Christian says:

    Please include carl zeiss optics lense on Nokia 8 specs

  8. Aztec One says:

    NOKIA 8 BRANDED at matibaY at Good Hardware made its not easy to broke , and the cam is the best cam ever

  9. Padangat2017 says:

    The IP54 body is also an attractive feature as users need not worry about accidental spills or splashes. In addition, the pure Android experience is perfect for those who don’t like a lot of bloat on their devices.

  10. Jan says:

    I don’t think Nokia having a pure android experience can be considered as an advantage. Using Oxygen OS is essentially pure android and the added ‘bloatwares’ are actually really good additions to android.

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