The Nokia 8 Sirocco was released in 2018 as an updated version of the Nokia 8. Significant differences between the two included IP67 certification and an OLED display in the Sirocco as opposed to IP54 certification and LCD panel in the plain Nokia 8. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is more than eighteen months old in the smartphone market, making it somewhat dated as compared to newer models. Is the device still a worthy purchase in 2019?
The Nokia 8 Sirocco price is about $470, according to gsmarena. This is arguably one of the best smartphone bargains you can get in terms of value for money right now. The price of Nokia 8 Sirocco in Nigeria is about 170,375 naira going by current exchange rates. However, the device is not available in local retail stores such as Jumia and Konga.
Here is a look at the pros and cons of the device
- Excellent build quality in a unique design
- Tremendous battery life with quick charge times
- Timely updates due to the Android One program
- Blue colour shift on the edges of the display is unsightly
- Image quality is below flagship standards
- Poor sound quality due to lack of stereo speakers
- Lack of a microSD slot limits storage options
- No 3.5mm audio jack
Nokia 8 Sirocco specs
- Released on: April 2018
- Dimensions: 140.9 x 73 x 7.5 mm (length, width and thickness)
- Weight: 177 grams
- SIM card: Single or Dual SIM
- Display: P-OLED capacitive touchscreen
- Size: 5.5 inches
- Pixel density: 534 PPI
- Resolution: 1440 x 2560pixels
- Operating system: Android 8.0 (Oreo), Upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Internal memory: 128GB ROM and 6GB RAM
- Camera: 12MP wide camera and 13MP standard camera with 2X optical zoom
- Selfie camera: 5 megapixels
- USB: micro-USB version 3.1, USB Type-C with reversible connector
- Bluetooth: Version 5 with A2DP and LE
- Sensors: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, compass, and gyro sensor
- Battery: 3260 mAh Non-removable Li-Ion battery
- Charging: 18W fast charging (Quick Charge 4) plus Qi wireless charging
- Colours: Black
Here is a look at the device’s hardware features.
The Sirocco badge was lifted off the original Nokia 8800 series, which came in a choice of colors such as gold, silver, or black. However, this new Sirocco only comes in a solid black color. The simplicity gives it some timeless elegance, though. The back is covered by a slab of Corning’s Gorilla Glass with a cutout for the dual-camera module near the top. There is a small Zeiss badge between the two cameras.
The back curves gently towards the edges making the device feel incredibly thin. On the front, a 5.5-inch display is the main eye-catcher. Above it, a small strip houses the earpiece next to the proximity and ambient light sensors. On the bottom of the device, there is a loudspeaker grille, USB-C port, and the primary microphone. Overall, the device looks great and feels solidly build.
The device features a 5.5-inch P-OLED display with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels in the classic 16:9 aspect ratio. The relatively small screen size, coupled with a high-resolution panel, results in a fantastic 534PPI pixel density. This is almost as high as the highest resolution mobile phones in the modern-day. Images and text look amazing on this display. The only downside to the screen is the significant color shifts on the sides. Users will notice a bluish hue on the device’s edges.
In terms of brightness, the panel is outstanding. When set to manual mode, users can get a maximum brightness level of 400 nits. When left in auto-brightness control, the device maxes out at 600 nits of brightness. This is excellent for outdoor usability. The minimum brightness is also great at only 3.1 nits making it entirely usable in pitch darkness. The screen also has amazing contrast as expected from an OLED panel.
Processor, performance, and storage
The device uses a relatively old Snapdragon 835 processor. While quite powerful, it can hardly outdo modern processors on any aspect. Thus will arguably be one of the reasons why most buyers might choose to avoid this device. It is hard to justify paying the same price for an almost-two-year-old processor as a modern processor.
Despite its age, the Snapdragon 835 still delivers outstanding performance on the Nokia 8 Sirocco. There are barely any lags when running multiple standard apps. However, running several resource-intensive apps will undoubtedly take a toll on the phone’s processor and cooling system.
Buyers only get one memory configuration option with the device. This is the 128GB ROM and 6GB RAM setup. The RAM is more than enough for any tasks, but the ROM could quickly fill up with media files, and the lack of a memory card slot does not improve things.
Nokia 8 Sirocco battery capacity
A 3260 mAh battery powers the device. This is a minor bump from the Nokia 8’s 3090 mAh unit. In a gsmarena battery test, the device lasted nine hours and twenty minutes of continuous web browsing, and almost thirteen hours of video playback. Users will also get twenty-one hours of 3G calling before the battery drains. In the end, the device gets a gsmarena endurance rating of seventy-seven hours.
The endurance rating measures a battery’s longevity if it is used for an hour of calling, video playback, and web browsing each day. The Nokia 8 Sirocco also ships with a fantastic fast charger, which can charge the battery from zero to forty-nine percent in thirty minutes. An hour of charging gets the battery to seventy-seven percent. A full charge takes one hour and fifty minutes.
Speaker and call quality
The device features a single speaker as opposed to the stereo setup present in most flagship devices. Similar to most Nokia devices, loudness levels are excellent. However, low-frequency audio registers do not sound so great. When connected to an external amplifier, the device has good audio quality, although volume tends to be on the lower side.
The phone has active noise cancellation with a dedicated microphone, which makes it easy to receive calls in noisy environments.
Here is a look at the device’s software features.
Operating system and features
The phone is part of Google’s Android One program meaning that users are guaranteed timely software updates. Out of the box, the Nokia 8 Sirocco Android version is 8.1 (Oreo). Users can immediately upgrade to Android 9.0 (Pie). Android 10 updates should also get to the devices as part of the Android One program.
The device also features Nokia’s Glance, a display capability allowing you to peek into notifications once the device detects movement. In addition to this, the stock Android experience means that users get to enjoy the Android operating system as it was originally intended without any third-party customizations. Once unlocked, the phone displays the standard Android home screen with an app drawer than can be accepted through a pull-up gesture.
Nokia 8 Sirocco camera review, video, and image quality
The device features a dual-camera setup on the back. The first one is a 12-megapixel lens, while the second is a 13-megapixel telephoto sensor with 2-times optical zoom. The lenses are branded with the Zeiss logo as part of a partnership between Nokia and Carl Zeiss Optics. The image quality from the primary camera is quite good even though photos at times come out with lesser details than desirable. The device’s optical zoom capabilities far outdo digital zooms in terms of getting objects closer.
The selfie camera uses a single 5-megapixel lens that captures very good images under good lighting conditions. The phone can record 4K and Full HD videos at thirty frames per second using the primary cameras. The selfie camera can only shoot Full HD video at thirty frames per second.
Nokia 8 Sirocco review
Here is a look at what people think about the device on social media.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco is an excellent smartphone despite having spent almost two years in the market. It features a fantastic display that is only let down by the bluish color shifts on the edges. Potential buyers can also look at the Samsung S9 as well as the Huawei P20. These devices are similarly priced and have better processors, cameras, and battery capacities.
It is quite difficult to justify purchasing the Nokia 8 Sirocco today. The availability of similarly-priced but better-equipped devices from numerous manufacturers make the phone a hard sell. Most modern devices have near-flawless LCD and AMOLED panels that are leaps and bounds better than that of the Nokia 8 Sirocco.