Nokia 8 Sirocco is now the official name of the device previously known as Nokia 9 which got delayed excessively due to unknown reasons. Anyhow, HMD Global announced the device on stage at MWC 2018. The device brings nothing extraordinary to the crowded smartphone market, but it is still a decent package which, I am sure many will find worthwhile.
The new Nokia 8 Sirocco is a considerable upgrade over the original Nokia 8. And since, it was originally going to be the Nokia 9, the design has significant changes from the Nokia 8. The design, especially the back looks more like the Nokia 7 than the Nokia 8.
The phone packs a wonderful curved 2K pOLED display sized at 5.5-inches. The frame is made out of stainless steel as against the aluminum used on other Nokia smartphones. The front and back i.e. over 95% of the surface area is covered with glass which gives the phone a very sleek look and feel. HMD Global used the Gorilla Glass 5 protection to secure the glass (on both sides) from scratches. The phone measures 7.5mm in thickness which reduces to just 2mm on the edges.
On the insides, the Nokia 8 Sirocco features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor bundled with 128GB of internal storage and 6GB or RAM. There is no slot for popping in a MicroSD card. So, 128GB is all that is available on the phone.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco, like the Nokia 8 (2017) uses a dual-camera setup to take pictures that stand out. The main camera is a 12MP sensor, the same as used on the Nokia 7 Plus. The second is a 13MP telephoto sensor which enables the user to reach upto 2x zoom with without quality loss. The front camera is a 5MP sensor. All cameras make use of lenses from Zeiss, hence promising to deliver crisp images. However, a lot of it is software which HMD Global is yet to perfect.
Battery on the Nokia 8 Sirocco is a 3260 mAh capacity. It is less if we look at the Nokia 7 Plus, but this is one area where all flagships generally lack, so, not really a big deal. Wireless charging is baked into the Nokia 8 Sirocco and it can be charged using any Qi (not the one Apple uses on iPhones) standard charging pads/trays.
The phone is protected from water damage and gets the IP67 rating. It is still a good idea to avoid bringing it to shower with you because in case the water gets through, it is not covered under warranty. The phone is only available in single-SIM option which is disappointing because dual-SIM is quite a standard now.
Know more about Nokia 8 Sirocco at Nokia.com.