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About Nokia 8 Sirocco - Review, Specs + more

If you are looking for a high-quality alternative to the predictable and frankly rather expensive smartphones from Samsung and Apple, then the Nokia 8 Sirocco is perhaps the closest thing you'll get to an answer.

From the generous RAM to the camera with a resolution of 13 megapixels, there are a plethora of reasons to consider the offering from the Finnish giant. But are they enough to make most people part from more familiar brands? Let's find out...

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Nokia's latest flagship

The Nokia 8 Sirocco differs from the Nokia 8 primarily by the 5.5-inch large and almost borderless display. This now uses an OLED instead of an LCD panel and is curved to the sides much like Samsung's edge/plus devices - such as the Galaxy S9 Plus. In addition, the case consists almost entirely of Gorilla Glass, which gives it a very high-quality finish - not just restricted to the screen but also the rest of the phone.

Whilst the predecessor already had similar features, this phone differs quite a lot from that, too. For example the fingerprint sensor on the back and the QHD resolution. The camera setup isn't great, but we'll come to that.

Nokia 9 Sirocco: Fast, lag-free hardware

In addition, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is characterised by its rather impressive system performance (it's running on Android 9, but this should be upgradeable to Android 10). A total of 6 GB of RAM and a 2.36 GHz Snapdragon 835 eight-core processor are used. The internal memory already amounts to 128 GB.

Plus most users don't particularly need the dual SIM function, and you can insert in the hybrid slot microSD card for even more memory. A lot of phones nowadays do not allow such a function so it's a welcome change from Nokia.

Also useful is the unlimited Google Drive memory. Photos can be stored in their original resolution in the  cloud so no need for huge memory cards. Fast uploads are possible via LTE, 4G or WLAN ac standard. There is naturally no 5G here, Nokia haven't yet unveiled their 5G offering but this should be launched soon.

Other interfaces are NFC,Bluetooth 5.0,Wi-Fi Direct and more. The charging is done via a USB type C-3.1 port but there is no wireless charging here sadly.

8 Sirocco - Battery

The 3250 mAh and permanently installed battery is recharged after 50 minutes, and with the Quick Charge 4.0 technology after half an hour. Overall, the Nokia manages up to 22 hours of talk time according to this review.

Sharp photos and 4K videos with clear sound

Another highlight is the dual camera. This is composed of a 12 and 13 megapixel image sensor. Practical here is that it is a telephoto and wide-angle lens. The 2x optical zoom also has its advantages. In addition to the bright main camera with f / 1.7 aperture and 4K camcorder function (30 fps), the smartphone is equipped with a 5-megapixel front camera. For videos, it has 3 microphones and boasts a 24-bit audio performance metric - not many other phones offer that. With this feature, it can even record high volumes of up to 132 dB and in our testing we noted that sounds clearly reproduce well.

Only the Huawei P30 does it better.

Nokia 8 Sirocco - Verdict

At this price we have a right to expect some pretty special features. In some areas we get them, in others we don’t. Design is a highlight. The Nokia 8 Sirocco has an impressive Gorilla Glass 5 and steel frame, with an eye-catching curved front. Few phones feel as expensive as this, even if they do actually cost more.

Nokia have gone all-out on design here, but this means they've had to sacrifice a few special features seen in other phones. Looking at the Nokia 8 Sirocco you might guess its designers spent so long agonising over its curves and glassy bits that by the time the phone was ready, the rest of the 5G world had moved on. It's a great looking thing though, that's undeniable.

Nokia 8 Sirocco: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 140.9 x 73 x 7.5 mm
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2560
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • Processor: 2.5 Ghz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Talk Time: 22 hours
  • Stanby Time: 495 hours
  • Battery Capacity: 3260
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 5 MP
  • Back Camera: 12 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: 4G
  • GPS:
  • SIM Capacity: 2
  • Network
  • WIFI:
  • WIFI Hotspot:
  • Bluetooth:
  • USB: