Today, HMD finally released Nokia 8 Sirocco on the first day of MWC 18. Regardless of the design or configuration, the features are remarkable. Let’s take a look at the flagship to know it better:
Nokia 8 Sirocco – A Samsung Galaxy Note With The Trust of Nokia
Design & Display
Nokia 8 Sirocco looks way better than the standard Nokia 8, thanks to the dual curved display. Still, the design looks a bit old school especially in 2018 where full-screen and 18:9 ratio is trending. Well, reflecting some old school is what Nokia is all about. In fact, Nokia 8 Sirocco greatly resembles Samsung Galaxy Note series as well as Xiaomi Mi Note 2.
The phone uses a glass + metal hybrid body. Nokia said that each of the phones forges from a single piece of stainless steel, ensuring a solid unibody structure. The thickness is only 7.5 mm, and the phone is IP67 certified as well.
In comparison to Nokia 8, the rear has improved a lot. The vertical shaped dual cameras have been shifted to the top occupying compact space. The rear fingerprint is present at the bottom. It looks almost invisible with no visible boundary when the phone’s rear is reflected. The whole rear is 100% better from Nokia 8 apart from that bulged rear camera section, as it’s glass.
Moving to the screen, Nokia 8 Sirocco is integrated a 5.5-inch 2K pOLED screen. It’s a double-sided curved surface with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass Protection 5. Indeed, the screen is one of the selling points of the phone.
Hardware & Camera
Under the hood, we have the Snapdragon 835 as the SoC, which is one of the cons, as everyone is expecting the new generation SD 845 to release today.
Other specs and features are simply perfect. The SoC is accompanied by 6GB LPDDR4X memory and 128GB storage. A 3260mAh battery powers the flagship, supporting QC4.0 fast charge, Qi wireless charging. This is Nokia’s first time to feature wireless charging in one of its flagships. The connectivity feature includes 802.11ac ( MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS / GLONASS / Beidou navigation.
Heading to the camera, we have the dual rear camera configuration. Getting in details, its a 12 MP wide-angle primary lens (F1.75) + a 13-megapixel telephoto secondary lens (F2.6), supporting 2x optical zoom, and passed the Zeiss certification. Meanwhile, the front camera is 5MP with F2.0 aperture.
Nokia redesigns the camera UI. This includes especially the intense professional manual mode with a little taste of the original Lumia, support for white balance, ISO, and shutter adjustment.
Another downside of the phone is that the removal of traditional 3.5mm audio jack. Instead, we have the Type-C interface.
Pros & Cons
Improved rear appearance compared with Nokia 8
Dual Curved 2K pOLED Display
Dual rear cameras with redesigned camera UI
QC 4.0 + Wireless charging
Bulged rear camera section
No 3.5mm audio jack
Somewhat outdated SoC under that price
No Full-screen, 18:9 or Under Display Fingerprint
Price & Availability
Nokia 8 Sirocco will be available in early April with a price of 749 euros (excluding tax).
HMD Nokia has still 6 expected flagships to release as MWC 18 continues. Stay tuned for more updates!