The Nokia 8 is the latest Android flagship to have gone official in India. It brings all those specifications and features which you would expect from a current-generation flagship smartphone but is its pricing which makes it a steal. HMD Global has priced the Nokia 8 in India at Rs. 36,999 which puts it in the same category which has been ruled by OnePlus since its inception.
OnePlus’ latest flagship in the Indian market is the OnePlus 5 which costs Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM model and Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB RAM model. Both smartphones even feature dual cameras and offer almost stock Android experience with the assurance of future updates. It means it makes complete sense to compare the two flagships and see which one should you get if you are planning to get one.
Build and Design:
Both the Nokia 8 and OnePlus 5 are made up of metal which means they not only feel premium to look at or hold but are also sturdier. In terms of design, Nokia’s flagship does not have head turner design but is indeed a unique one. On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 design does look impressive but it is same as the iPhone 7 Plus and Oppo R11 which has also been implemented by Xiaomi Mi A1.
With the Nokia 8, you will get a 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In comparison, the OnePlus 5 offers a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The pixel density offered by both these devices is about 554 ppi and 401 ppi respectively.
It is quite clear that you will get a more pixel-packed display with the Nokia 8 which is not AMOLED panel for sure but will offer better viewing experience.
Both these flagships are powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor but with different clock speeds. The Nokia 8 has the maximum clock speed of 2.5GHz and the OnePlus 5 has it limited to 2.45GHz. Additionally, these flagships come with 4GB RAM and 6GB/8GB RAM respectively. There is Adreno 540 GPU for handling graphics intensive processes on both smartphones. While you get to choose from 64GB/128GB storage options on the OnePlus 5, you will get only 64GB storage model with the Nokia 8 but it does come with microSD card support which is missing on the OnePlus.
No matter what you might be interpreting from these specifications, it should be noted that there should not be any major difference between the performance of the two phones. You might notice a slight difference when using both of them side by side but other than that, both should offer smooth and snappy user experience with no lags or app crashes.
With the OnePlus 5, you get a dual camera setup comprising of a 16-megapixel and a 20-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 and f/2.6 aperture respectively. The primary lens here is a wide-angle lens and the second one is a telephoto lens. It means you can have the Bokeh effect in your photos and even use the second sensor for up to 1.6x optical zoom. It also has electronic image stabilization (EIS) and dual-LED flash.
As for the Nokia 8, it has dual 13-megapixel shooters with f/2.0 aperture where one is a color sensor and another one is a monochrome sensor. These are Zeiss-branded sensors and primary one even offers optical image stabilization (OIS). Other than this, you get phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash.
Coming to selfie cameras, the OnePlus 5 has a 16-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture and EIS but the Nokia 8 has a 13-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture and phase detection autofocus. The latter also offers a feature called Bothie mode which lets you capture shots from both front and rear camera at the same time.
The Nokia 8 and OnePlus 5 come packed with 3090mAh and 3300mAh battery respectively. While the former features Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging support, the latter has its own Dash Charge fast charging which is currently the fastest among all smartphones.
The Nokia 8 runs on stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat and has been confirmed to receive Android 8.0 Oreo soon. In fact, the team has even started to beta test the Oreo version internally which means it should arrive anytime soon.
As for the OnePlus 5, it runs on OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Even though it is a custom UI, it is quite close to stock Android and is one of the smoothest and fastest custom UI experiences out there. OnePlus has also confirmed Android Oreo for the flagship which can also arrive anytime in the future.
As you can see that the Nokia 8 and OnePlus 5 offer almost identical set of specifications with the latest processor, dual cameras, great build quality, and the promise of software updates for a similar asking price. While you are free to pick the one you like, we would suggest you go for the Nokia 8 because of the better display and better camera tech.