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Google Pixel 2 vs Nokia 8: two flagships with Snapdragon 835 clash it out


On one corner we have Google Pixel 2 which promises nothing but the smoothest of software, and in the other corner, we have Nokia 8 with its amazing screen. Both promises a high-end experience, let’s check them out.

This time around, HTC was chosen to manufacture this smartphone for Google. They will also be celebrating their one-year anniversary, with more experience to shore them up. Let’s kick things off with the Pixel specs as per below:

  • 5-inch Full HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~441 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 and 4GB RAM
  • 12.2MP primary camera with f/1.8, OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus and dual-LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture, 1/3.2" sensor size and 1.4 µm pixel size
  • 64GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • 4G LTE
  • October 2017 release date
  • $649 USD price tag

For starters, Pixel 2 sports a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen which will appeal to fans of small devices. It is also equipped with Gorilla Glass 5 protection against any mishaps.

With IP67 certification available, you can be confident of total protection.

As mentioned, Pixel 2 belongs at the very top tier with the Snapdragon 835 chipset, fast Kryo octa-core processor, great graphics and 4GB RAM. There’s simply nothing that will stand in its way, as it will steamroll through anything that you throw at it.

Moving on to the camera aspect of the Pixel 2, it is remained to be seen whether the 12.2MP-8MP camera setup will be able to hold its ground against the might of dual primary cameras which is the norm these days. We just have to wait and see, before we can comment on it.

Another thing that you need to pay particular concern is on the available 64GB internal storage with no option for further expansion. There’s cloud storage that you can turn to and USB on-the-go for more space.

But one thing is definite with regards to Pixel 2, it is the fact that it will be powered with the latest Android Oreo 8.0. This latest operating system by Google is a perfect match for the supreme hardware prowess that it possesses. Simply put, best hardware served with the best software equals to unmatched performance.

Moving on to Nokia 8. Did you know that Nokia was bought over by a company called HMD Global? For those of you how may not have heard about it, HMD is a start-up that is headquartered in Finland.  Below is Nokia 8's specs:

  • 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels or ~554 ppi pixel density
  • Aluminum body
  • IP54 certified - dust and splash resistant
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, laser & phase detection autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 13MP secondary camera
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1, upgradeable to Oreo 8.0
  • Nokia OZO spatial 360° audio
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3090mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • September 2017 release date
  • 599 Euro or ~$705 USD price tag

Amazingly, Nokia 8 doesn’t disappoint us at all. From the get-go, you can only admire at its aluminium body and the amazing 5.3-inch IPS screen with Quad HD resolution. It is designed with precision machined from a single block of 6000 series aluminium and sports a polished mirror finish that will sure make heads turn. You will enjoy crystal clear images popping up on-screen, be it browsing through a website, watching your favourite videos and so on. Not to mention that it also has the protection of Gorilla Glass 5 as well as being IP54 certified which makes it dust and splash resistant.

In terms of hardware, Nokia 8 is similarly equipped with the Snapdragon 835 chipset, fast Kyro octa-core processor, great graphics and 4GB RAM. It is one speed demon, that’s for sure. There’s also a full-length copper cooling pipe with graphite shield to dissipate system heat across the full body of the phone. You know that you can use it for long hours without any worries.

If there’s anything that we learned in the past is that Nokia provides an excellent camera smartphone experience – especially when it comes with Carl Zeiss optics on its camera. Here’s where you get to enjoy the available Dual 13MP primary camera with all the bells and whistles alongside it. Not to mention, a highly-rated 13MP selfie camera for all your selfie needs. A first for mobile phones, the exclusive Dual-Sight mode lets you use both front and back cameras simultaneously for split-screen photos and video. This means you can capture videos of yourself and what you are currently seeing in front of you. Amazing, right?

A slight advantage of Nokia 8 to Pixel 2, is the storage on the Nokia.  It has a microSD expansion slot that you can easily add up to 256GB.

There’s also one for the audio lovers, as you now get to experience new dimensions of sound with the industry-standard OZO audio technology for 360° recording. With Audio Focus mode, it lets you accentuate the right sounds while reducing ambient sounds or background noise. Perfect for you to waste away time, while listening to your favorite songs on it.


If you own Google Pixel 2, you can be certain that it will be running very smoothly despite its hardware. This is because of the optimization that was done, and the unnecessary stuff or bloatware removed. There’s also great protection too, and it is also cheaper by $56 USD in this case.

Google Pixel 2 is set to be released anytime soon for $649 USD. There are 3 colours available, namely Quite Black Very Silver and Really Blue.

As for Nokia 8, it is a different kind of flagship. Great 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS screen, great looks, great Carl Zeiss dual primary camera and great audio makes for an excellent smartphone.

Nokia 8 had just been released last September 2017 for 599 Euro or ~$705 USD price tag. With plenty of colours for you to choose from – Tempered Blue, Polished Blue, Steel and Polished Copper.

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