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Nokia 8 vs OnePlus 5 : Confrontation of titans

23 August 2017 5

Finally, after tons of leaks and rumors, Nokia wraps off the cover from the much-awaited flagship smartphone Nokia 8. The device is placed on top of the company's portfolio is the only flagship smartphone from the company. The HMD global unveiled Android running three mid-ranger Nokia branded smartphones at MWC 2017. Like every flagship when Nokia 8 was announced everyone was keen to know how well the device competes against the top of the line devices available in the market. To help out our readers we compared the latest Nokia 8 against the Samsung's Galaxy S8, HTC's U11 and all other Android running Nokia smartphones.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 is the latest flagship killer smartphone from the OnePlus. The device is not only attractive in looks but certainly, it brings one of the best hardware on board. Despite having the most powerful hardware the device still cost less than £500. Since its announcement, the device receives well appreciation from gadget geeks and experts. It would be an interesting battle, how well the OnePlus 5 competes against the Nokia 8. Our comparison will certainly help you in deciding which smartphone is better in what aspects. Without any further ado, starting with the design as it is the first thing buyers consider while purchasing a new smartphone.

73.7 x 151.5 x 7.9 mm
5.3 inches - 2560x1440 px
74.1 x 154 x 7.25 mm
5.5 inches - 1920x1080 px
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Nokia adopted a solid aluminum chassis for the designing of Nokia 8. The Nokia 8 footprint is smaller than OnePlus 5, its thickest point is 7.9mm. The rear side is adorned with dual rear sensors placed vertically. Its rear is more exciting than OnePlus 5. The Nokia 8 weighs 160g. The Nokia 8 copper color is pretty amazing and looks quite premium in hands. There are fair chances the new luring color option will prompt other smartphone manufacturers as well to produce smartphones in this color. The Nokia 8 is available in four color options including Steel, Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, and Polished Copper.

The OnePlus 5 isn't bringing something extraordinary in terms of design and we must say you won't be surprised to see OnePlus 5 because on first look it seems like the company copied the iPhone 7 Plus design with minor changes, bringing curves to edges. The company didn't follow the latest bezel-less futuristic design but instead, they stuck with the traditional solid metal design. The design is already appreciated well by the gadget experts.

The OnePlus 5 has dual rear snappers placed on the top left corner with dual LED flashlight. The OnePlus 5 overall footprint is slightly bigger than Nokia 8. The OnePlus 5 thickest point is 7.3mm and it weighs 153g. The OnePlus 5 will be available in three colors including Midnight Black, Soft Gold, and Slate Grey.


The Nokia 8 is packed with a smaller IPS LCD display of 5.3-inches with Quad HD screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The display pixels density is 554 ppi. It is one of the sharpest quad HD display panel available in the market. The OnePlus is featuring a slightly larger display of 5.5-inches, its display is Super AMOLED. However, its screen resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its pixel density is 401 ppi.


Being the latest flagship both the devices are packed with the Qualcomm's latest Octa-core Snapdragon 835 under the hood as SoC. So the chipset on both the devices is equally powerful. So far most of the flagships announced in the first half of the year are running on this chipset including Galaxy S8, HTC U11, Moto Z2 Force. It is indeed one of the most powerful chipsets available in the market. The devices are capable to handle anything you throw at them.

However, the OnePlus 5 takes lead in the RAM section as its standard variant has 6GB RAM whereas the top of the line variant has 8GB RAM. On the other hand, the Nokia 6 is powered up with 4GB RAM and the top of the line variant has 6 Gigs of RAM. The base variant of both the devices has 64GB storage whereas the top of the line variant has 128GB memory. The Nokia 8 internal storage is expandable via MicroSD card but the owners of OnePlus 5 can't expand the storage.

Specs Nokia 8 OnePlus 5
Display 5.3-inches 5.5-inches
Display tech IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
SoC Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 4/6GB 6/8GB
Storage 64/128GB Expandable 64/128GB
Rear camera Dual 13MP(RGB+Monochrome) 16MP with f/1.7 aperture +20MP with f/2.6 aperture
Front camera 13MP with f/2.0 aperture 16MP with f/2.0
USB Type-C Yes Yes
Battery 3,090mAh 3,300mAh
IP68 No No

Both the devices are bringing dual rear snappers on board. However, the companies approach is different. The dual camera lens is one of the key selling points of both the devices. The OnePlus 5 main snapper is the 16MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary wide-angle lens is the 20MP sensor with f/2.6 aperture. Its dual rear snappers provide depth effect and portrait mode which works pretty much similar like Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The front facing selfie snapper is the 16MP module with f/2.0 aperture. The OnePlus 5 dual rear snappers work quite efficiently in daylight, however, their low-light capturing capability isn't top of the line.

The dual rear snappers is a trend which is followed by Nokia 8 as well. The Nokia 8 is adorned with a 13MP primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization whereas the secondary sensor on the Nokia 8 is the monochrome 13MP sensor. Both the sensor combine results to produce ravishing results, however, it also struggles in low-light conditions. The Nokia 8 brings the depth of field feature. The front facing selfie capturer is the 13MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. On paper both the devices brings different dual camera sensors. However, the OnePlus 5 results are slightly better than Nokia 8.


The OnePlus 5 is powered up by a 3,300mAh battery cell which easily last one day on single charge. The best thing is it can be quickly charged thanks to the company's Dash charge tech. Despite having a slightly larger display than Nokia 8, it lasts longer because of Full HD display.

The Nokia 8 is packed with a 3,090mAh battery cell which is slightly smaller than OnePlus 5. The smaller battery cell with Quad HD screen resolution effects that's why we can't claim better battery life than average Quad HD smartphones. The Nokia 8 supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0. Both the devices support USB Type-C for connectivity.


As OS both the devices pre-installed with the latest Android Nougat 7.1.1. The OnePlus 5 is running on the Oxygen OS with few minor changes over the stock Android OS whereas the Nokia 8 is running on almost pure Android with only bloatware is Nokia support app. The Nokia 8 camera app is also specially optimized to get full use of dual rear cameras. The overall UI experience on both the devices isn't significantly different.


As far as Nokia 8 pricing is a concern, it is still in dark how much it will cost in the UK but we are aware of the European pricing. It will be released in the first week of September at a price tag of €599 whereas OnePlus 5 base variant will cost €499 in the Europe whereas the top of the line variant with 8GB RAM can be grabbed for €559.

For the UK customers, the OnePlus 5 base variant cost £449 whereas the 8GB RAM can be purchased for £499. However, onething is certain the Nokia 8 will cost more than £499 in the UK. Nokia will have to convince its customers their flagship is worthy enough to grab over OnePlus 5. On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 is known for their best value for customers money.


Both OnePlus 5 and Nokia 8 are attractive in terms of solid design but unfortunately both looks dated in front of Galaxy S8. The Nokia 8 is slimmer and lighter than OnePlus 5. Also, the Nokia 8 is available in wide-range of colors. The Nokia 8 looks pretty attractive in polished copper color. In hardware section, the OnePlus 5 has upper hand because of more RAM. The camera department is once again dominated by OnePlus 5, however, if you want to utilize the dual shot feature of Nokia 8 you can prefer it. In pricing, the OnePlus 5 is providing better value for customers money.

At the end, we would like to hear our customers thoughts regarding which smartphone amongst Nokia 8 and OnePlus 5 would they like to grab, feel free to share your views in the comments section below.

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Nokia 8 vs OnePlus 5 : Confrontation of titans
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Nokia is a legend if you compare the lifespan of these two companies. But still I'd like to go with the OnePlus for personal opinion.

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