Shots fired! Nokia is getting ready to launch a new phone that they are dubbing, the “iPhone killer”. Which, in my opinion, is a pretty bold statement. Wouldn’t you agree? I mean, if we look some of Apple’s competition, is this even a fair statement? It also sounds kind of serial killer like, so I was taken aback by that at first. But that aside, is it possible that Nokia actually has a phone that will rival the iPhone? Off the top, I want to say no. I’m trying to keep my bias in check here, so I will present you with the facts. Well, the facts as we know them. The Nokia 8 isn’t anticipated to be released until August 16, making this speculative.
Nokia 8 – Rumoured Specs
- 5.3 in QHD OLED display
- Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 GPU, 6GB/8GB RAM
- 64GB/128GB storage
- 13MP dual camera with optical image stablisation, Zeiss optics and 4K video
- Built-in iris scanner, fingerprint scanner
- Unibody aluminium chassis with IP68 certification
- 3,800 mAh battery, Quick Charge support
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat
iPhone 8 – Rumoured Specs
- 5.8in 2.5D OLED edge-to-edge display
- New design with an ‘all-glass’ construction
- 71 x 143 x 7.4 mm
- Wireless charging support
- Apple A11 chip
- Rear-facing Touch ID sensor
- iOS 11 (which looks awesome!)
- Face-scanning technology
- Vertical dual cameras on rear
- Support for LTE speeds up to 450 Mbps
New information as of yesterday, indicates that the iPhone 8 will have improved battery function, and it will be available in 128GB and 256GB configurations. Both of which sound amazing. If I look at the two lists here, I have a hard time comparing the two. Mostly because they are a different beast. Maybe we can’t compare iOS to Android? I mean, you have to make a choice when it comes to what kind of phone you want to use. Is there a reason you prefer Android to iOS? And vice versa?
Which leads me to my next point – is it fair for Nokia to make this swooping generalization? I’m not knocking the phone. There is a chance it could be really great. But there’s a chance that it won’t. No offence, but has Nokia even had a decent phone recently? I’m not saying that to be disparaging. I’m saying it because Apple has been in the game with phones for several years now. Without missing a beat. Always having an update. Always making changes to improve the product. And where has Nokia been? Not really in the phone game. Which is why I can’t support the idea that the Nokia 8 will kill the iPhone. Samsung could have made this argument with the release of the Galaxy 8 earlier this year. But Nokia? I don’t really buy it.
I’ve said this before – people are brand loyal. Especially people who buy Apple products. I read an article today which indicates that more Android users are switching to iPhones. In addition, this article notes that the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus accounted for 81% of all iPhone sales during that quarter. 81% people! I am not going to get into the possible reasons for this, but that’s incredible if you think about it. Which, again, makes me wonder how Nokia is going to make such sweeping generalizations. I am all for competition and love the fact that a new phone will be on the market soon. But without being able to back it up, I don’t know how Nokia can say their new phone is going to be an iPhone killer. Especially because they have been non-existent in the phone world for many years.