Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile Review

Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile Review

The Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile is a significant upgrade that was released in October, but it’s not enough of a change to make it an appealing alternative to the Google Pixel 2 or, if available in your region, the Huawei P20 Pro.

However, much like last year’s regular Nokia 8, the Sirocco feels like a catch-up, with few standout features and a price that feels higher than it should be given the competition.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco, believe it or not, is now at the top of the company’s list, with a high-resolution display, a quick CPU, a dual camera, and lots of storage. The Nokia 8.5 is a good analogy for the Sirocco.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco differs significantly from the Nokia 8 that has been on the market for the past eight months. The 5.3-inch LCD is replaced by a dual-curved 5.5-inch OLED display with an IP67-certified all-glass shell, as opposed to the 8’s aluminum-backed structure with an IP54 certification.

Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile Images
Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile Images

A new camera arrangement has a big dual-pixel main 12MP sensor in favor of the Nokia 8‘s smaller 13MP sensor, and what was formerly a monochrome camera is now a telephoto. The setup should be similar to that of the iPhone 7 plus, but with the addition of OIS. The fact that the front camera on the 8 Sirocco can’t capture 2160p films (the one on the vanilla 8 can) may appear to be a drawback, but the big pixels of this 5MP selfie shooter promise superior low-light shots.

The Sirocco features a slightly larger battery than the 8, with a 3,260mAh cell instead of the 8, although the extra capacity has taken up space for a microSD card. Alternatively, the two may be unconnected; in any case, the internal storage (a generous 128GB) is not extendable.

Design and Display

 This phone comes in packaging that looks identical to the Nokia 7 Plus. Because the Nokia 8 Sirocco packs a 3.5mm headphone jack, it comes with a pair of Type-C headphones.

The plastic cover that comes with the phone is a tad disappointing, especially given how nice the phone looks. The glass back and shaved-down bezels make the Sirocco seem rather lovely, and HMD Global appears to have nailed the luxury aspect here. It’s also a slim phone, measuring only 7.5mm thick.

The phone’s body is composed of stainless steel, which is visible through parts of the phone’s edges. This is also a nice contrast to the black body.

Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile Display and Design
Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile Display and Design

The phone is reasonably tiny for a phone with a 5.5-inch display, although it seems a little large due to the traditional 16:9 screen ratio. To squeeze more screen area in a smaller, easier-to-grasp chassis, many new phones have switched to narrower, taller screens.

Furthermore, the thin edges are abrasive on the palm, and the flat, shallow power and volume buttons are a pain to operate. While the fingerprint reader in the rear is quick, the ring that surrounds it should have been larger to be more noticeable.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with a plastic protective cover and putting it on makes the phone a little less annoying to operate. On the other hand, it seems inappropriate to cover such a sophisticated technology with a material that scuffs after only a few days of usage.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco features a 1440×2560 Quad HD AMOLED display with exceptional resolution. The greatest part is that it appears lovely and sharp because of its high pixel density and we’ve never had any difficulties with outside visibility during our tests.

On the negative, the screen is significantly “colder” than it should be, appearing blueish when it should be white, especially along the curved edges. In comparison to the reference sRGB gamut, chilly hues like green and blue look extremely muddled and over-pronounced. There are no additional display color choices, so what you see is what you get.

Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile Design and Display
Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile Design and Display

The curving sides of the display are nice, but they serve no other use beyond aesthetics. While watching full-screen video – the majority of which effectively fills the entire screen with typical dimensions – there will always be these two slender bars at the top and bottom where colors are somewhat wrong. This is especially difficult when gaming, like buttons and health bars, frequently fills that region of the screen.

Processor and Memory

At the price Nokia was asking for the Sirocco at launch, one might anticipate a Snapdragon 845 inside, but the 835 version will have to suffice. But it’s still a 10nm chip, and the Sirocco’s clutter-free Android Oreo runs like a dream. A hefty 6GB DDR4 RAM package surely aids smooth performance, while storage is handled by a massive 128GB flash memory module from the start. Gaming, on the other hand, isn’t always as smooth as it appears. Casual, less-demanding games run smoothly, while more graphically intense games like Riptide GP Renegade have noticeable choppiness.

Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile Processor and Memory
Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile Processor and Memory


The Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile has a dual-camera system from Zeiss that combines a 12MP primary camera with huge, 1.4-micron pixels and a wide, f/1.7 lens with a 13MP telephoto secondary camera for 2x magnification. We really like the Pro mode, which allows you to set white balance, focussing, ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation manually. Slow-motion video and a Live Bokeh option that softens picture backgrounds complete an excellent collection of camera accessories. Unfortunately, we had to close and reopen the camera app a few times since it was playing up and not detecting our shutter presses.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco has a 12-megapixel main camera with a wide f/1.7 aperture but no optical image stabilization (OIS). The second telephoto camera is said to have a 13-megapixel sensor on the website, however, all of the photographs are stored at a 12-megapixel quality. Although the lack of OIS is unfortunate because it may have helped stabilize low-light images, we didn’t miss it too much throughout the day. Because of the minimum shutter lag, the majority of the images we took were crisp, even from a slow-moving car.

Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile Camera
Nokia 8 Sirocco Mobile Camera

In the daytime, autofocus speed is likewise extremely excellent. Landscapes are detailed and have well-balanced colors and exposure. The Auto HDR function works well, but there is no visual indication on-screen that it is in use. Macros are also highly defined, with a pleasant amount of background blur, but we would have liked a little more sharpness around the margins of our subject. The wide aperture captures a strong dynamic range in low light, but the second telephoto sensor struggles when it comes to details, and noise is obvious.

Audio and Sound System

Even at higher volumes, the large mesh of the earphone grill provides excellent speech quality to our discriminating ears, with no discernible distortions. The Nokia 8‘s trio of noise-canceling microphones, which are strategically placed around the phone, also performed admirably, filtering out background noise and conveying our timbres loud and clear to the receiver.

nokia 8 sirocco Audio and Sound System
Nokia 8 sirocco Audio and Sound System

The phone’s solitary built-in speaker is located at the bottom. Even at high volumes, it sounds clean and powerful, but don’t anticipate a lot of basses. Because the Nokia 8 Sirocco packs a headphone port, the bundle includes a pair of USB-C in-ear headphones. For a pair of in-the-box headphones, the sound quality is adequate. For a pair of in-the-box headphones, the sound quality is adequate. The phone also comes with a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter.

Battery Life and Performance

The Nokia 8 Sirocco performed admirably in our battery test, lasting over 8 hours of continuous usage because of its 3260mAh battery, Android One experience, and OLED display. Our hands-on time with the phone has confirmed that it can easily survive a day of typical use, and we were on the verge of exceeding the 2-day milestone last weekend.

Nokia 8 sirocco Battery Life and Performance
Nokia 8 sirocco Battery Life and Performance

The phone comes with a 2.5A wall charger that recharges the battery in less than two hours from a fully charged state, as well as a Qi wireless charging coil for those long days at the office.

Final Views

The Nokia 8 Sirocco has a lot going for it. The premium design of solid glass and metal feels premium, while the specifications provide enough processing power and storage. When you combine the clean Android One software with its speed and lack of bloat, it’s hard not to ask what the catch is.

The hitch is that Nokia opted to introduce the Sirocco at a hefty 749 EUR price tag. Although the price has dropped, the Nokia 8 Sirocco still faces stiff competition in this category. You can acquire practically any Android flagship for this kind of money, including the Galaxy S9 or the LG G7 ThinQ, which have faster processors and better cameras.

Even yet, if the price drops, the Sirocco will be a terrific alternative for Android purists who want a quick and clean interface or screens with a more classic aspect ratio. Until then, despite the nostalgic tinge that Nokia’s Sirocco models may send down their spines, the price tag may deter many potential purchasers.


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