OnePlus 5 Vs Nokia 8 – Which One To Buy ?

Looking for a great flagship phone which doesn’t break the bank – the Nokia 8 and OnePlus 5 are great options in sub 40k price range

Nokia once enjoyed over 70% market share in India, and had more than 50% share of global smartphone shipments.  All this was before the rise of Apple, Google, and Samsung.

 Nokia is the worst failure story of a large tech giant, which was not able to keep up with the rivals.

The world moved on, and Nokia as a mobile brand was almost dead. 

After the takeover by the HMD Global, now they develop and market Nokia branded Android smartphones. The Finnish company, HMD Global is already selling Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 3310 in India.

Flagship Nokia 8 Launch Detailed Specs Camera

A few days back, HMD Global launched Nokia 8 in India. It is Nokia’s first Android Flagship smartphone. Nokia 8 comes with a premium design, and it is priced at Rs 36,999. As far as online stores are concerned, Nokia 8 is Amazon India exclusive, and it would be available starting from 14th October. However, Nokia 8 will also be available via offline stores. 

OnePlus 5 Launched With Dual Rear Camera 8 GB RAM SD 835

On the other hand, Oneplus 5 was launched 3 months back in June, and there are already rumors coming about a new OnePlus 5T in works.

India’s premium smartphone market has grown significantly in recent years. Recently, ‘OnePlus’ was able to outperform Samsung (Market Leader) and Apple in the premium smartphone segment. According to a report by IDC, for Q2 2017, ‘OnePlus’ brand achieved the top position with a market share of 57% in te premium smartphone market.


OnePlus 5 can be termed as a fantastic mobile in terms of overall performance as well as the price. OnePlus 5 (6 GB RAM) comes with a price tag of Rs 32,999, and it is Amazon exclusive smartphone. There is also an 8 GB version with 128 GB storage which is priced at Rs. 37,999. The Nokia 8 on the other hand, comes with a price tag of Rs. 36,999 and has 4 GB of Ram and 64 GB of internal storage.

Let’s compare the specifications of both the smartphones.


Both the smartphones offer premium metal unibody design. However, in terms of design, ‘Oneplus 5’ is clearly inspired by iPhone 7 Plus. On the other hand, Nokia 8 has a unique design comes with a more flashy and glossy look.

The Oneplus 5 will appeal to buyers looking for a subtle, sophisticated look while the Nokia 8 is flashy (especially the blue color) and more suited for flamboyant users.

OnePlus 5 flaunts 5.5 inch Optic AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080p resolution and 401 PPI. On the other side, Nokia 8 comes with a smaller display of 5.3 inches but has a better screen resolution of 2560 x 1440p and 554 PPI.

OnePlus 5 Soft Gold Images

Both the smartphones have Gorilla Glass 5 and also have a Fingerprint sensor. OnePlus 5 is 7.2 mm thick and weighs 153 grams whereas Nokia 8 has 7.9 mm thickness and it has 160 grams weight. Also, Nokia 8 comes with a splash-proof design.

OnePlus 5 is available in color options like Soft Gold, Slate Grey, and Midnight Black. While Nokia 8 comes in 4 color options which include Polished Copper, Polished Blue, Tempered Steel and Tempered Blue.


Both the smartphones are powered by 64 bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor MSM8998 with Adreno 540 GPU. Hence, both the smartphones would offer similar output as far as processing is concerned. However, OnePlus 5 comes with a huge 6 GB RAM whereas Nokia 8 offers 4 GB of RAM.


Oneplus 5 has 64 GB of internal memory, and there is no option to expand the storage. On the other hand, Nokia 8 comes with 64 GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 256 GB via Micro-SD Card.

Flagship Nokia 8 Launch Detailed Specs Camera


OnePlus 5 offers Dual Rear Camera Setup with 16 MP Primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture Plus 20 MP Secondary sensor with f/1.6 aperture.

OnePlus 5 also comes with EIS, i.e. Electronic Image Stabilization and has 16 MP Front Camera with f/2.0 aperture for beautiful selfies.

Nokia 8 also packs Dual Rear Camera Setup following the Dual Camera trend. Nokia 8 has 13 MP Main Camera Plus 13 MP Secondary Camera with Colour and Monochrome sensors equipped with Carl Zeiss Optics.

OnePlus 5 Launched With Dual Rear Camera 8 GB RAM SD 835

Both Cameras on the Rear side has f/2.0 aperture, can shoot 4K videos and comes with OIS.

The Nokia 8 also has 13 MP Autofocus Front Shooter with f/2.0 aperture. Nokia aims at creating a new trend with its new Camera feature called ‘Bothie’. Bothie feature uses front and rear camera simultaneously. You can also live stream videos using this feature with both rear and front camera footage recorded and streamed simultaneously. 

The advantage of the OnePlus Dual camera system is that you can take better portrait shots with a more natural background blur compared to the Nokia 8 which also comes with a portrait mode but is not as good as OnePlus.

In terms of general photography, both the cameras are good, and neither of these has a clear advantage over the other. Though Nokia 8 seems to be better for rear camera shots.

Nokia has included OZO Audio feature in Nokia 8 which provides 360-degree audio experience and also slightly improves the sound quality if you are using a high-end headphone. 


OnePlus 5 runs Oxygen OS 4.5 (based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat) whereas Nokia 8 provides Stock Android experience with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

It is confirmed that both the mobiles would receive Android 8.0 Oreo by end of the year. Recently, HMD Global announced that all Nokia smartphones including Nokia 8 would receive ‘Android P’ update.

Flagship Nokia 8 Launch Detailed Specs Camera

So on the software and experience front, we think the OnePlus is slightly ahead as you get some good customizations from OnePlus as well as the additional ram helps to make it one of the fastest devices.


OnePlus 5 packs 3300 mAh battery life with Dash Charging support. On the other hand, Nokia 8 comes with 3090 mAh battery capacity with Fast charging support. Connectivity features include WiFi, USB Type C, GPS, 4G, VoLTE, Bluetooth, NFC connectivity, etc.

Oneplus 5 8 GB RAM Smartphone

OnePlus 5 and Nokia 8 offers features like 4G VoLTE, Fingerprint scanner, 3.5 mm Audio jack and USB  Type C Port.

VERDICT – OnePlus 5 Vs. Nokia 8 – Which One To Buy?

If you want a better high-resolution display, a slightly better camera with (Carl Zeiss lens), OZO Audio feature, expandable storage, stock Android experience and regular Android updates, then one should select Nokia 8.

However, if you want a more subtle and sophisticated looking phone with a bigger display, better battery backup, slimmer, more RAM and relatively lower price, than can buy the OnePlus 5. Also, Xiaomi has recently launched the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 which comes with a Bezel-less display, and you should add that to your consideration list as well. 

Flagship Nokia 8 Launch Detailed Specs Camera

Key Specs of OnePlus 5 

  • 5.5 inches AMOLED display with 1920 x1080p resolution
  • Snapdragon 835 Octa- Core Processor with Adreno 540 GPU
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 64 GB internal storage (No Micro-SD Card support)  
  • 16 MP + 20 MP Dual Rear Camera
  • 16 MP Front Selfie Shooter
  • Android, v7.1.1 (Nougat) skinned with Oxygen OS 4.5
  • Supports 4G, VoLTE, and NFC
  • 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
  • 3300 mAh Non-Removable Battery

Key Specs of Nokia 8 

  • 5.3 inches IPS display with 1440 x 2560p resolution
  • Snapdragon 835 Octa- Core Processor with Adreno 540 GPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB internal storage (Supports Micro-SD Card which can be expanded up to 256 GB)  
  • 13 MP + 13 MP Dual Camera on Rear Side with Carl Zeiss optics
  • 13 MP Front Camera
  • Android, v7.1.1 (Nougat) with Stock Android
  • OZO Audio Feature
  • Supports 4G, VoLTE, and NFC
  • 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
  • 3090 mAh Non-Removable Battery

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