Affordable Flagship Smartphone Showdown: LG G6 vs. Nokia 8 vs. Huawei P10

Great flagship phones don’t have to be uber expensive


The Nokia brand’s comeback to the smartphone market via license holder HMD Oy has to be one of the biggest tech stories this year. Under the brand, HMD Oy released several solid entry level and mid-range phones to the Philippines a few months ago, and now we finally get the newest flagship under the Nokia brand: the Nokia 8. Armed with flagship level specs and aggressive pricing, the Nokia 8 is another solid flagship contender worth looking at. Its price puts it head-to-head with Huawei’s P10 and LG’s G6, so how does the Nokia 8 fare against these months-old flagship models? Let’s take a quick look at their specs:

Nokia 8 Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
  • Qualcomm Adreno 540 graphics unit
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 5.3-inch QHD IPS display, 2560 x 1440 resolution, with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 64GB of expandable storage, up to 256GB via microSD
  • Dual 13-megapixel Carl Zeiss rear cameras (color + monochrome), f/2.0 aperture, 1.12µm pixels, with laser AF, OIS, dual-LED flash
  • 13-megapixel Carl Zeiss front camera, f/2.0 aperture, 1.12µm pixels, with PDAF
  • Fingerprint sensor, IP54 certification, Nokia OZO Audio
  • 3090mAh battery, with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Price: Php 29,990

Read: Nokia 8 Hands-on, Quick Review: Zeiss-equipped Dual-camera Flagship


LG G6 Specs

  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor
  • Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVisison display, 2880×1440 resolution, Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • 32GB expandable storage, via microSD
  • Twin 13-megapixel rear camera, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Fingerprint scanner, IP68 certification
  • 3300mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Price: Php 29,990 (via Lazada)

Read: One Week with the LG G6 in the Philippines


Huawei P10 specs

  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 5.1-inch full HD display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 64GB expandable storage via microSD
  • Leica co-developed cameras, 12-megapixel color sensor, 20-megapixel monochrome sensor, f/2.2 aperture, OIS
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, Fingerprint scanner, fast charge
  • 3200mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat (EMUI 5.1)
  • Price: Php 28,990 (via Lazada)

Read: Huawei P10 Review: Iterative Evolution


Internals: Nokia has the best RAM + Processor combo

While the Huawei P10 and LG G6 offer great internals, it is dated when compared with what the Nokia 8 has. Being the newest phone out of the three, the Nokia 8 wins in this department hands-down with its Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, and an ample 64GB of storage.


Display: LG’s FullVision display is definitely something

18:9 displays with skinny bezels are all the rage right now, and LG’s 5.7-inch Quad HD FullVision display takes the cake. However, those looking for a more compact flagship can go for the Huawei P10, which has a 5.1-inch Full HD display.

Camera: It’s Leica VS. Zeiss without a clear winner

HMD Oy has partnered with notable German optics brand Carl Zeiss for the Nokia 8’s cameras. The best part of the Nokia 8? It is equipped with THREE (!) 13-megapixel Carl Zeiss Lens (two in the back, one in the front), all sporting a f/2.0 aperture. But Huawei’s P10 is also a recipient of optics from another German camera legend Leica, and since we don’t have sample photos or head-to-head camera images from the three phones to compare, we can’t crown a winner just yet.

Battery: LG still has long legs

In spite of the LG G6 being the oldest flagship among the three, it still has the biggest battery at 3300mAh. Pair that with quick charging and various power management tech, and the G6 can last you for more than a day of heavy use.

Verdict: Nokia 8 has incredible specs for an incredible price

That being said, the Nokia 8 offers the best specs at a price that people could not resist. By staying below the Php 30K mark, expect Nokia brand’s comeback to be a great one with the Nokia 8.

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