The Good The Nokia 8 Sirocco is fast, durable, has a long battery life and runs on the sophisticated Android One operating system.
The Bad It lacks any features to justify its premium price. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is not reliable enough and its design, which is improved over the standard Nokia 8, feels sturdy and slightly outdated.
The Bottom Line Although the Nokia 8 Sirocco suffers from a minor setback, its main issue is overestimated by its competitors at a similar price.
The return of the Nokia phone was requested budget and midrange devices, as well as several nostalgic explosions from past , but it is the Nokia 8 Sirocco that represents the brand’s best efforts on air. However, just like last year’s regular Nokia 8, the Sirocco feels less like a comeback here, and more like a catch-up, with no real distinctive features and a price that feels higher than it should if given tough competition.
You should think of Sirocco as Nokia 8.5. This is more than a minor update to Nokia 8 last October, but it is not enough for a major overhaul to create a compelling reason to buy it from competitors such as Google Pixel 2 ($ 500 on Amazon) or, if it is sold in your area, the Huawei P20 Pro ($ 500 on Amazon) .
Sirko is more cunning than its predecessor; it has curved Galaxy Note edges, crisp screens and has great build quality. Its processor is a year, but it does not cause a noticeable slowdown. Camera pictures may be stunned or skipped depending on your shooting conditions, but I don’t have other major hobbies in my phone.
Nokia phone manufacturer HMD Global will not officially sell the Nokia 8 Sirocco ($ 424 on Amazon) in the US, though in the UK it will cost £ 649 and $ 1,199 below. These prices in the UK convert to around $ 880. And the price is really where the problem lies.
For $ 599, £ 499 or $ 799, this will be a worthwhile purchase. But its current price puts it in the same quarter as Samsung Galaxies and Huawei P20 Pros world, the neighborhoods to which Sirocco does not fit very well.
Arnold Schwarzenegger from phones
If the Nokia 8 Sirocco were an athlete type, it would be a bodybuilder. Thoroughly designed, it’s easy to understand where the attention to detail went, but for most it might be a little too bulky.
Removing the home button last year, Sirocco has more screen and less frame than its predecessor. The stainless steel case is also thick and heavy, but in a good way. It has weight that makes it feel expensive. But there are design problems. Due to its block width, it reminds me of the Mate 10 Huawei, a phone I loved. But Mate 10 ($ 356 on Amazon) it had a 5.9-inch display, while the shorter 5.5-inch Sirocco screen combined with its width makes it look and feel great.
Although once 5.5 inches was considered large for the screen, the design of the Nokia 8 Sirocco now feels outdated. The iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy 9 pack 5.8-inch displays into similar frames, leaving this Nokia phone behind in terms of clear screen space. In Sirocco, there are not so many screen designs these days, but there is also a lack of face-unlocking technologies that Android and Google phones often have. There is also no headphone jack, which is now a common design trend. Instead, you will need a dongle adapter for the USB-C port.
Less popular around the world will be how the phone actually feels. The linen is tightened around the sides so that when it is compressed the stainless steel case it feels a bit sharp. This makes the device feel more durable, but it is not worth the discomfort. I got used to it a few days later, but I was reminded of it every time I felt the gentle touch of another phone.
Nokia is lacking in trying. But not all of his design swings have hit the mark here.
Nokia 8 Sirocco Camera Trouble
In an era when the $ 529 OnePlus 6 has the same processor as the latest Samsung Galaxy, the phone’s camera is often where it is placed. That’s where Cirocco falls most.
On the back of the Sirocco you’ll find two Zeiss-approved 12-megapixel cameras, while the 5-megapixel shooter sits in the front. I was pleasantly surprised by the front camera. If you have lighting on your side, you can get some well-balanced and detailed photos. I used to struggle with overvoltage, but similar problems almost always occur with selfie cameras.
The rear cameras have no excuse.
Let’s start with portrait shots. All premium phones have a bokeh mode where the background is blurred to the foreground of the subject. Sirocco does too, except that it comes in slider form. When you press the button from left to right, the bokeh effect increases. This would be great as an additional feature, but as the only way to take these portrait shots, it requires a lot more work than other phones.
More worryingly, the Nokia 8 Sirocco cameras are demanding. It takes time to drag the slider to just the right place, and it becomes exponentially more complicated if your subject moves even slightly. Finally, other phones will tell you whether you are standing too close or too far away from your subject to actually bite – this is not what makes this perfect portrait even more elusive.
I did manage to take some amazing photos with Sirocco, but it was more of a struggle than doing it with similar prices as the Huawei P20 Pro or Google Pixel 2 XL ($ 650 on Amazon) .
The bot mode in which you take a picture using both the front and back cameras to capture the thing as well as your reaction to the thing is still here and still not particularly useful.
The image quality of the Nokia 8 Sirocco is average to good. I am having problems with overvoltage of a nearby light source that floods the picture with brightness and optical image stabilization (OIS) does not exist, despite the fact that it is present in Nokia 8. But Sirocco is still capable of taking great pictures. They are also serviceable, though not unusual, in low light.
Basically, if you shoot in daylight and have time to maneuver, you have a good chance of getting a winner. As for portraits, there are much more reliable phones.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco camera largely encapsulates my moods about the device itself. Not bad, but not exceptional to justify the price.
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Last year’s processor is still fast
Inside the Nokia 8 Sirocco is a Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm processor. That raised a few eyebrows, as it is exactly the same chipset that has been in the flagships since 2017, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and, yes, the Nokia 8.
But there are few reasons for concern. The Snapdragon 835 is a powerful chip that still easily manages all your smartphone needs. Sirocco works great on the game front as well, because I’ve played intense 3D games like Tekken without any problems.
Although the Nokia 8 Sirocco does not perform as well as the Samsung Galaxy S9 with the Snapdragon 845 ($ 600 on Amazon) , its test results were still in the top range of phones. This is especially true of its graphical capabilities. In other words, don’t worry about the “older” processor here.
A closer look at the Nokia 8 Sirocco
There are also no compromises on the battery. The 3,260 mAh battery has enough juice to last you all day long. With emails, browsing various social media applications and videos, here and there I end my work day with about 60 percent left in the tank. It took about 14 hours and 30 minutes in our video battery testing, which is a pretty strong result.
The Sirocco comes with 6GB of sufficient phone storage and 128GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, there is no way to expand memory if you do this kind of thing. There is also no headphone jack, but it is IP67 certified, which means that the Sirocco is waterproof to a depth of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes (we tested it ourselves).
You can include it with reliable software, Nokia 8 Sirocco software. Nokia phone maker HMD Global has released Android One, a basic Android version that seamlessly affects software that affects just about any other Android phone. This is definitely a plus: anyone who has used many phones knows the closer the operating system to pure Android, the better.
Android One is an operating system commonly used on budget and average phones worldwide; The Nokia 8 Sirocco is the first premium handset to use it. This is essentially the same operating system that you get on Google’s own Pixel ($ 449 on Amazon) phones, with very minor differences depending on the brand. In this case, the only difference is that the phone comes with Nokia for camera applications.
In addition to the pure Android experience, you will also be guaranteed to be the first to queue for software updates and security settings within two years. It is widely acclaimed when it comes to hardware and software, but there are so many phones that are several hundred dollars cheaper. What it lacks is all it costs to excite you enough to justify its value.
Nokia 8 Sirocco specifications comparison chart
|Nokia 8 Sirocco||Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus||Huawei P20 Pro||OnePlus 5T|
|Display size, resolution||5.5-inch; 2,560×1,440 pixels||6.2-inch; 2,960×1,440 pixels||6.1-inch; 2,240×1,080||6-inch; 2,160×1,080 pixels|
|Pixel density, tech||534ppi; P-OLED||529ppi; OLED||408ppi; OLED||401ppi; OLED|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.5×2.87×0.30 in||6.22×2.91×0.33 in||6.1×2.9×0.31 in||6.1×2.92×0.29 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||140.9×72.9×7.5 mm||158.1×73.8×8.5 mm||155×73.9×7.8 mm||154.2×74.1×7.3 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||N/A||6.66 oz; 189 g||6.3 oz; 180 g||5.71 oz; 162 g|
|Mobile software||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Camera||12-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (telephoto)||Dual 12-megapixel||40-megapixel RGB, 20-megapixel monochrome, 8-megapixel telephoto||16-megapixel standard, 20-megapixel telephoto|
|Processor||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (2.36GHz + 1.9GHz)||Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz), or octacore Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)||2.3GHz octacore Kirin 970||2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Storage||128GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||128GB||64GB, 128GB|
|Expandable storage||No||microSD up to 400GB||No||No|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back||Back||Below screen||Back of phone|
|Special features||Wireless charging, portrait mode, dual-sim water-resistant (IP67)||Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning||Three rear cameras, super slo-mo video (960fps), 3x opitcal zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, water resistant (IP67)||Portrait mode, notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Dash Charging|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$880||Varies: $840-$930 (64GB)||$1,140 converted||$479 (64GB), $539 (128GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£649||£869||£799||£449 (64GB), £499 (128GB)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$1,199||AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,499 (256GB)||AU$1,099||AU$599(64GB), AU$699 (128GB)|