First Impressions of the Nokia 8 Sirocco

HMD unveiled its 2018 Android flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8 Sirocco, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain | Read on for our first impressions of this high-end smartphone

First Impressions of the Nokia 8 Sirocco

On Sunday, HMD Global introduced a number of new mobile devices at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, with the new Nokia 8 Sirocco proving to be the most talked about phone of the annual event.

For the benefit of those who may not know, the name Sirocco has been used before on a super premium edition of the Nokia 8800, more than a decade ago, and some parallels are glaringly evident on the new Sirocco, such as the stainless steel frame and the glossy black finish, to name a couple.

And, it’s heartening to see those good aesthetics backed up by IP67-rating dust and water resistance.

In keeping with the new Nokia lineup trend, the Sirocco ships with Android 1, which effectively means that the phone will enjoy regular software updates for a period of two years, as well as security updates lasting three years – at least that’s the Nokia commitment.

The phone runs the Android 8.0, without the shilly-shallying of the earlier builds of last year’s standard Nokia 8.

Powering this new high-end Nokia experience will be a Snapdragon 835 processor, which may not be the best there is, but it’s no slouch either. The phone also boasts a decent-sized battery, with wireless recharge option.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco comes equipped with a Zeiss-branded dual camera system, including a Pro mode, very much along the lines of the old Lumia Windows phones.

This may take some of you by surprise because of a common misapprehension that the new Sirocco is some kind of a Chinese fake, looking to cash in on the Nokia brand name, which is far from the truth.

You must know that HMD Global is headquartered in Espoo, Finland, and is, literally, a shout away from Nokia Corporation’s headquarters across the street.

Furthermore, the people at the helm of HMD affairs are mostly ex-Nokia and ex-Microsoft employees; so, all the hollow skepticism is really unfounded and uncalled for.

Moving ahead, the Nokia 8 Sirocco does have a shortcoming or two, or even three, perhaps, that you ought to know about.

The fact that the ergonomic attributes of the old Nokia 8800 didn’t translate to the Nokia 8 Sirocco is one of the main disappointments, at least as far as this scribe is concerned. While the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone is conveniently placed below the camera module, it is flush with the glass covering, making it almost impossible to locate by feel alone; the same holds true for the side keys.

Also, because of the phone’s wide screen, with the edges tapering down to a mere 2 millimeters from a body-thickness of 7.5 millimeters, the phone feels out of place in the hand; it gives a rather ungainly grip that many will find difficult getting used to. It feels quite a bit like the old Samsung Galaxy X6 Edge.

When precedence is given to aesthetics over practicality, almost always, compromises will have to be made, which is exactly what has happened here with the severe curve given to the cover glass. In addition to gripping issues, it also leads to noticeable discoloration on the edges of the phones pOLED display.

Coming to the cost, the Nokia 8 Sirocco will set you back by a cool 750 Euros when it ships out in April. While it is priced way lower than the iPhone 8, which starts at about 100 Euros dearer, it is still a bit pricey, considering the previous-generation processor powering the phone.

Here are some of the main specs of the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

DESIGN

  • Size: 140.93 x 72.97 x 7.5 mm
  • Color: Black

NETWORK & CONNECTIVITY

  • Network speed: LTE Cat 12 600 Mbps DL \ Cat13 150 Mbps(64QAM) UL
  • WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO)
  • Others: GPS/AGPS+GLONASS+BDS, NFC, ANT+

PERFORMANCE

  • Operating System: Android Oreo
  • RAM: 6 GB LPPDDR 4X
  • CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 mobile platform, Octa core (4 x 2.36 GHz Kryo + 4 x 1.9 GHz Kryo)

STORAGE

  • Internal: 128 GB1 USF2.1
  • Cloud: Google Drive

AUDIO

  • Microphones: 3 x AOP
  • Speaker: Single speaker with Smart Amp

DISPLAY

  • Size and type: 5.5″ QHD pOLED
  • Material: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5, 3D Glass

CAMERA AND FLASH

  • Primary cameras: 12 MP Wide (2L7, 1.4um, 2PD, f/1.7, FOV 78.2″) + 13 MP Tele (3M3, 1.0um, f/2.6, FOV47.3″), dual-tone flash
  • Front-facing camera: 5 MP, S.LSI 4E8, 1.4um, display flash

CONNECTIVITY AND SENSORS

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