Nokia 8 Sirocco Hands on Review

Nokia 8 Sirocco Review, Release Date, Price, Specs, Price USA + AU

Nokia has unveiled a wide number of new flagship devices at MWC 2018, just to make a comeback into the modern landscape with a slide of new devices. From mid-tier flagship devices to the ultra-low-end smartphones, Nokia is indeed starting its year off right.

Let’s start the show with a brand-new Nokia 8 Sirocco. Nokia is trying bringing the icon brand name back with a boom. The phone comes with stunning features such as wireless charging and IP67 water resistance rating. Though Nokia 8 Sirocco lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, but it comes with last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor making it a piece of art. Here’s everything we know so far, including release date, prices, specifications and Nokia 8 Sirocco review. Let’s begin!

Nokia 8 Sirocco Release Date:

The Nokia 8 Sirocco was announced at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2018 in India on April 04 and went on sale late this month, starting from April 30, 2018. However, May 17, 2018, was set for US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, HongKong, China and other Asian countries.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco release date in Australia was also May 2017, 2018. That means you can get your hands on one right now.

Nokia 8 Sirocco Price:

The Nokia 8 Sirocco has been priced at RS 49,999 in India and is available on Flipkart, the Nokia Mobile Store, and selected retail outlets. The 8 Sirocco sets you back around £649 in the UK and easily available from all major UK retailers. If you order Nokia 8 Sirocco from before June 14, you will get a free Google Home Mini (the UK only).

As far as Nokia 8 Sirocco price in Australia is concerned, it goes for whopping AU$1199 which translates around USD 911. The phone is quite expensive even though you can go for Huawei P20 Pro which costs almost the same price (AU$1200).

Nokia 8 Sirocco Specifications:

If you’re looking for Nokia 8 Sirocco features on a single platform, have a look below!

  • Android Oreo Operating System
  • 128GB Internal Storage
  • 5-Inch QHD P-OLED Screen Display w/ 2560x1440p resolution
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 3D Glass
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • Octa-core Processor (4 x 2.36 GHz Kryo + 4 x 1.9 GHz Kryo)
  • Rear Camera: 12MP Wide w/ f/1.7 + 13MP Tele Shooter w/ f/2.6
  • Microphones 3xAOP
  • USB Type C
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, ALS/PS, G-sensor, E-compass, Gyro, Hall sensor, Barometer
  • Bluetooth 5.0, ANT+
  • Dual tone flash
  • Front-facing camera: 5MP
  • Display flash
  • Single speaker w/ Smart Amp
  • 3260mAh battery
  • Qi Wireless Charging
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO)
  • Network speed: LTE Cat 12 600 Mbps DL \ Cat13 150 Mbps (64QAM) UL

Nokia 8 Sirocco Design and Display

Eventually, Nokia has decided to move away from the design which ties together its current range of devices. And now Nokia 8 Sirocco boasts a premium appeal and futuristic look. To some extent, Sirocco looks like a fusion between the Galaxy S8 and BlackBerry Priv having curving edges display and glossy black finish.  The glass rear offers a little in the way of grip, so it looks and feels great in the hand like a proper premium smartphone.

Nokia 8 Sirocco’s edges are taper from 7.5mm to 2mm and there’s power/lock on the right of the phone and volume keys are located at the thinnest tip

Dimensions are wider as compared to Samsung Galaxy S9, but a way smaller than Apple iPhone 8 Plus – indicating that the phone sits comparatively great in the hand along with the curved rear edges enabling it to nestle better in the palm.

The 5.5-inches P-OLED display is crisp and bright and provides an exquisite superficial for gaming and video playback. The display is highly responsive, viewing angles are perfect and add to the flagship nature of the Sirocco. Moreover, the display is being protected by a Gorilla Glass 5, providing a decent level of protection and a lower chance of breaking thanks to Nokia 8 Sirocco rumours which are circulating around.

Nokia 8 Sirocco Camera:

Moving onto its photography department, Nokia 8 Sirocco looks quite strong with a dual lens vertically positioned on the back of the phone. There is a 12MP rear camera along with large 14um pixels and a f/1.75 aperture capture photos together with a 13MP telephoto lens (f/2.6 aperture) with a help of dual-tone flash.

The wide-angle 12MP rear sensor boasts ZEISS optics and 2x optical zoom guarantees crystal-clear memories from even the blurriest of weekends, or a hedonistic look to the recent past leftovers.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco sports a Pro Camera mode helps you control every image, adjust white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation separately. Moreover, it helps you make complicated adjustments simple and see the results in real time.

Brief Description of Nokia 8 Sirocco Features:

The Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with a plenty of power under the hood. The phone runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset which is paired with a hefty 6GB of RAM. The overall performance of Nokia 8 Sirocco is excellent and gives users a lag-free experience when playing graphics enriched games or working on multitasks.

The phone packs a massive 128GB of onboard memory to store all kind of stuff with ease. But wait! Are you looking for more storage? Perhaps you cannot as according to most recent rumours, Nokia 8 Sirocco doesn’t support a microSD card option.

It’s a shame to see Nokia 8 Sirocco without a headphone jack, don’t worry! You do get a USB-C adapter included some audio features in the form of three mics help you capture audio in 24bit resolution. Most interestingly, Nokia promises distortion-free recordings up to 132dB with spatial audio.

Nokia 8 sirocco is backed by a bunch of connectivity options such as dual-band 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS and several sensors including Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Fingerprint (front mounted), Gyro an Proximity.

As mentioned above, a glass rear means wireless charging is possible. The firm says you can get up to 50% battery in 30 minutes thanks to fast charging. A 3000mAh battery life would be good enough with moderate use.

Final Words:

Nokia 8 Sirocco is absolutely a good step forward for HMD Global. It’s really an interesting device from the firm that’s entirely different to the other flagships. With parallel design, it’s a rival to the Galaxy S9. However, plenty of specs aren’t so inspiring despite a very similar price. So, what are your thoughts, let us know in the comments section below, but remember to share this post.

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Staphanie Kyle is one of the youngest members managing gadget reviews and other high priority news and stories for TechenGuru. When she isn’t working, you can find her listening songs and watching documentaries and sports.
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