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 8||OnePlus 5|
|5.3-inch IPS QHD (2560 x 1440), 554ppi||5.5-inch Optic AMOLED FHD (1920 x 1080), 401ppi|
|2.5D, Corning Gorilla Glass 5||2.5D, Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform||2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform|
|Adreno 540 GPU||Adreno 540 GPU|
|4GB LPPDDR4X||6GB/8GB LPDDR4X|
|64GB UFS 2.1||64GB/128GB UFS 2.1|
|microSD up to 256GB||n/a|
|13MP (Colour + OIS) + 13MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, PDAF, IR range finder, dual-tone flash||16MP 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 flash||16MP Sony IMX 371, 1.0um, EIS, fixed-focus, f/2.0, screen flash|
|4G LTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL||4G 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 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou|
|USB 3.1 Type-C||USB 2.0 Type-C|
|Fingerprint sensor||Fingerprint sensor|
|Nokia OZO spatial 360° audio||Dirac HD Sound, Dirac Power Sound|
|3090mAh w/ Quick Charge 3.0||3300mAh 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 7.9mm||154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm|
|Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper||Slate Gray / Soft Gold|
Summary of advantages
* 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
* 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.