nokia 9 vs samsung s8
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By recent observations, the popular gone-down phone maker Nokia, is soon going to launch three distinct Android handsets, but all three of them are mid-range devices at best by this year’s mobile standards. But what I have been seeing,the Nokia 9 supposed to be the flagship that will rival the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 this year. We’ve seen leaks that suggested the Nokia 9 will have specs that might be even better than the Galaxy S8’s. You don’t agree? Continue reading and perhaps, you’ll change your mind!

nokia 9 vs samsung s8

Nokia had some many customers about eight years ago, then the wave of androids made them go down in the phone market. But with the phones they are making, especially the Nokia 9 that is beating the samsung s8, Nokia carefully planned a massive come-back.

Nokia 9 might indeed sport an edge-to-edge all-screen design. The home button and its fingerprint sensor seem to be relocated to the back beneath a dual lens dual flash camera setup. That rear design looks a lot better than Samsung’s camera and fingerprint combo on the Galaxy S8.

nokia 9Image Source: NokiaPowerUser

Also, from the recent rumors of a Nokia 8, this latest speculation shows HMD Global is serious. Now whether that’s serious concerning stirring the pot, or actually developing and releasing these handsets is yet to be seen. However, is giving the dormant giant brand some traction on social media and various tech forums.

As for where the rumors were first brought to the attention of the public. That comes from a tip received by NokiaPowerUser, on April 1. Could this be a fools joke, it’s possible, although, we will take it as a tip-off nothing 9

Before I go further, these are the rumoured specifications of the Nokia 9 that would make any respective samsung s8 user have a rethink:

  • 5.5-inch QHD OLED Display
  • Snapdragon 835, Adreno 540
  • 22 MP Dual-Lens Carl-Zeiss Rear Camera
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 64 GB / 128 GB storage
  • 12 MP FFC
  • 3800 mAH Battery
  • Qualcomm Quick-Charge 4
  • Iris Scanner
  • Finger-Print Scanner
  • Nokia OZO Audio Enhancements
  • IP68 certification
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat

Y’all know the rumours I spread here tend to be eventually true, but let me make this an exception, as this is not from any of my trusted sources, so we urge to take it with a pinch of salt (even though I can assure you that there is a trend too and seems we can really expect a Dual-Lens Carl-Zeiss camera).

According to BGR,

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The Nokia 8, as the name suggests, will be a cheaper version of the Nokia 9. The render indicates the Nokia 8 will have bigger top and bottom bezels than the Nokia 9, and the home button will be placed on the back. The rear will still incorporate what appears to be a dual lens camera, although it has a different flash design.

It’s unclear at this point when Nokia will unveil new devices. The company should launch the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 in multiple markets around the globe by the end of the second quarter. Whether any of these Nokia 9 and Nokia 8 are accurate or not, the fact remains that Nokia isn’t done unveiling new hardware, and flagship handsets are only to be expected. What’s exciting about all of Nokia’s phones is that they’ll run a nearly pure version of Android, or at least that’s what HMD Global keeps promising.”

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Final Notes:

The striking Differences Include:


To many, the 12MP rear camera, and 8MP front cameras found on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are a letdown. Yes, Samsung has included a tweak here and there, but, fundamentally, they are the same that appeared on the S7 and S7 Edge. Meaning that Android smartphone users are still craving for some next-generation camera goodness, could the Nokia 9 provide this?

According to the report, that’s a yes, as it could feature a 22MP rear dual-lens camera and 12MP front camera. Both of which come from the long time Nokia collaborative partner Carl Zeiss. However, where the real fun comes into play is with the dual-lens. Apparently, it will offer, true optical zoom, something which neither S8 can supply.


It’s thought the Nokia 9 will also feature the Qualcomm chip. And while this isn’t exactly worth bragging about (in terms of this comparison) it is the most powerful Android based chip around. Making the Galaxy S8 and the Nokia 9, two smartphones that could be classed as the fastest.

However, while Samsung has chosen to back up the chip with 4GB of RAM, users wanted 6GB. It seems as though, HMD Global has been listening, as it will supposedly support the Snapdragon with a minimum of 6GB. Meaning, it should out-perform the S8’s. Additionally, an option to choose from either 64GB or 128GB storage options is also superior to the single 64GB on offer from Samsung.


It has been widely noted that 2016 was a terrible year for Samsung what with the Note 7’s battery issues. However, Samsung has improved its power management software, a reason why users will see improvements in battery life.

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As for the difference in capacities between them and the Nokia 9, it is rumored to be getting a 3800mAh battery. While the S8 has a 3000mAh and the S8 Plus a 35000mAh power unit, which will come out on top? You would expect the larger capacity of the Nokia too; however, Samsungs promise of improvements may negate that. [the_ad id=”2430″]

Specifications- Full Teardown

performance Octa core Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895Mali-G71 MP20Octa core (2.3 GHz, Quad core, M2 Mongoose + 1.7 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)64 bit4 GB
display 5.5″ (13.97 cm) Super AMOLED84.57 %568 ppiCorning Gorilla Glass v55.8 inches (14.73 cm)1440 x 2960 pixelsYes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
storage 64 GB 64 GBYes Up to 256 GB
camera 21 MP Exposure compensation, ISO control1.7 FWide Angle Selfie4000 x 3000 PixelsExmor-RS CMOS SensorYes Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)8 MP Front CameraYes Yes Screen flash1920x1080 @ 30 fps
battery 3800 mAh NoUp to 20 Hours(3G)Yes FastYes Li-ion3000 mAh
ram 6 GB 4 GB
special features
iris scanner Yes Yes
other sensors Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope
fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
quick charging Yes Yes
operating system Android v7.1 (Nougat) Android v7.0 (Nougat)
sim slots Single SIM, GSM Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
model 9 Galaxy S8
launch date January 7, 2018 (Unofficial) May 5, 2017 (Official)
brand Nokia Samsung
sim size SIM1: Nano SIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
network 4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available 4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available
fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
loudspeaker Yes Yes
fm radio Yes No
audio jack 3.5 mm 3.5 mm
chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895
graphics Adreno 540 Mali-G71 MP20
processor Octa core (2.45 GHz, Quad core, Kryo + 1.9 GHz, Quad core, Kryo) Octa core (2.3 GHz, Quad core, M2 Mongoose + 1.7 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
ram 6 GB 4 GB
waterproof Yes Water resistant, IP68 Yes Water resistant (up to 30 minutes in a depth of 1.5 meter), IP68
ruggedness Dust proof Dust proof
colours Black Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver, Maple Gold
display type OLED Super AMOLED
pixel density 534 ppi 568 ppi
screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass v5
screen size 5.5 inches (13.97 cm) 5.8 inches (14.73 cm)
screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels
touch screen Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
internal memory 64 GB 64 GB
expandable memory Yes Up to 256 GB Yes Up to 256 GB
settings Exposure compensation, ISO control Exposure compensation, ISO control
camera features Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus Wide Angle Selfie
image resolution 5160 x 3872 Pixels 4000 x 3000 Pixels
autofocus Yes Phase Detection autofocus Yes
shooting modes Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR) Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
resolution 12 MP Front Camera 8 MP Front Camera
flash No Yes Screen flash
user replaceable No No
quick charging Yes Quick, v4.0 Yes
type Li-ion Li-ion
capacity 3800 mAh 3000 mAh
network connectivity
wifi Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz, MIMO
wifi features Mobile Hotspot Mobile Hotspot
bluetooth Yes v4.0 Yes v5.0
volte Yes Yes
usb typec Yes (Doesn’t support micro-USB) Yes (Doesn’t support micro-USB)
nfc No Yes
network support 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
gps Yes with A-GPS, Glonass Yes with A-GPS, Glonass
sim 1 4G Bands:TD-LTE 2300(band 40) FD-LTE 1800(band 3)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available 4G Bands:TD-LTE 2300(band 40) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 17) / 800(band 20)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 4G Speed: 150 Mbit/s ? 1024 Mbit/s ? (LTE category 16)3G Speed: HSDPA 42.2 Mbit/s ?, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s ?GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
sim size SIM1: Nano SIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)

Specifications- Summary

Overview Advantages (Factors To Decide Which Device You Should Buy among Nokia 9 and Samsung s8)
Phone Nokia 9
Samsung S8
Specs Score   84 / 100   90 / 100
Operating System Android, v7.1 (Nougat) Android, v7.0 (Nougat)
Features Present In Only One Device
(Unique Features)

HasMore RAM

Nokia 9
6 GB
Samsung Galaxy S8
4 GB

Around 50% more RAM than Samsung Galaxy S8. More RAM means more applications can run at the same time, which makes the device faster.

Has Dual Sim

Nokia 9
Samsung Galaxy S8

Use multiple sims at the same time. It allows you to use two services without the need to carry two devices at the same time

Better Camera Resolution

Nokia 9: 21 MP
Samsung Galaxy S8: 12 MP

Around 75% more mega pixels (MP) than Samsung Galaxy S8. More resolution generally means better picture quality, though it’s not always necessary.

Bigger Screen

Nokia 9: 5.5 inches
Samsung Galaxy S8: 5.8 inches

Around 5% bigger screen than Nokia 9. Reading, browsing internet and watching movies is more pleasing experience on a bigger screen.

Bigger Battery

Nokia 9: 3800 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S8: 3000 mAh

Around 26% more Battery Capacity than Samsung Galaxy S8. With more battery size, device’s battery can generally last more time, though it depends on various other factors too.

Better Screen Resolution

Nokia 9: 1440 x 2560 px
Samsung Galaxy S8: 1440 x 2960 px

Around 15% more pixels than Nokia 9. More resolution means sharper and crisper screen.

Supports HD Video Recording

Nokia 9: Unknown
Samsung Galaxy S8: 3840 x 2160 px

HD Videos are of higher quality and they look great on big TV screen.

Has Fingerprint Sensor

Nokia 9: No
Samsung Galaxy S8: Yes

Fingerprint sensor support allows you to quickly unlock your device using your fingerprint.

Supports NFC

Nokia 9: No
Samsung Galaxy S8: Yes

NFC enables wireless payments through your device. You can also connect two NFC enabled devices just by touching them with each other.



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