If you’re a smartphone manufacturer that wants to perform well in the US market, there’s one key ingredient your phone needs. No, it’s not the latest chip or an OLED display. In fact, it has little to do with the phone itself. Okay, okay, enough teasing. We’re talking about carrier support. The vast majority of Americans buy their phones from one of the three major carriers: Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T, and if your phone isn’t on them, for most people it might as well not exist.
Nokia 8 V design
The Nokia 8 V’s looks are in line with Nokia’s phones of the recent months. At the front, we have a 6.8-inch IPS LCD hole-punch display with a slightly thick bezel at the bottom. A nice change we’re seeing on this Nokia is the lack of branding on that same bezel, something users generally weren’t fans of. Thanks to that change, the design is much cleaner, which is definitely a plus.
On the back, the Nokia 8 V has a very recognizeable camera bump shaped like, well, a donut is the most appropriate word. It looks similar to that of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro but much smaller and with less impressive cameras inside, but more about them later.
There’s no fingerprint sensor on the back, or under the display for that matter. You can find it, instead, in the phone’s power button.
Overall, the phone looks nice but that’s nothing new for Nokia’s smartphones. Even budget models have built quality that often exceeds what you’d expect for that price point. Now it’s time to talk about what’s inside.
Nokia 8 V specs
In the Nokia 8 V, the Snapdragon chip is paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. These specs are lower than those of the Nokia 8.3 5G, but that’s a sacrifice we’ve seen before with other Verizon versions of phones. And while the storage is lower than what we’ve used to see from Android phones at this price point, at least the phone has a slot for a micro SD card and supports up to 1TB of expandable storage.
Keeping the phone alive is a 4,500mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. Combined with the frugal chip, you can easily get 2 days of battery life if you’re not a very heavy user.
One last thing while we’re talking about specs, the Nokia 8 V has a headphone jack!
Nokia 8 V cameras
When it comes to cameras, the Nokia 8 V has a quad-camera system. As you might have guessed from this being an affordable flagship, one of the four cameras is a depth sensor. And another one is a 2MP macro camera. Here are the full specs of the cameras:
No telephoto camera on this phone, but the large 64MP main sensor should do a good job at providing 2X zoom photos via cropping. Nokia is especially proud with the ultra-wide angle camera, calling it “best-in-class” and as having “incredible low light performance”. Those statements are worth putting to the test. Of course, Nokia combines the pixels of the main camera to form bigger ones for its night mode photos, so the main camera should perform well under low light as well.
Nokia 8 V price and release date
Still, if you’re a fan of the brand or really want that headphone jack (which the Pixel 4a 5G also has), you can consider the Nokia 8 V. It will serve you well and Nokia has a good track-record with software updates, which is quite important.