Nokia’s recent history are all about affordable devices with the 2017’s Nokia 8 being the Nokia device having the highest price in the lineup but overall, devices under the Nokia brand in 2017 are all considered an affordable device based on price of specs ratio. However in 2018, as Nokia gradually reacquired its status in the industry, HMD Global, the company behind the brand is now relaunching the old and familiar premium series of Nokia devices which cost more similarly to other flagship devices in the market.
For MWC 2018, Nokia launches the new Nokia 8 Sirocco, a typical update to the 2017’s Nokia 8 by the name but if you’d look closely, the new Nokia 8 Sirocco seems to be a whole new different beast altogether. From its obviously different display and glass covered body to the new technical components inside the device, we’ll take a quick look inside to see how things have changed over the last few months since its first release in the market.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with an all new QHD p-OLED display unlike last years IPS panel, that means that images on the new Sirocco variant is more vivid and detailed and is less power-hungry. It has the same 15:9 Aspect ratio display but now at 0.2-inch more that its predecessor at 5.5-inches so it looks a bit squarish compared to the Nokia 7 Plus that came alongside with this device whose display is set in 18:9 configuration. And last before we forget, the Nokia 8 Sirocco’s display has a curved edge on the sides making it the first Nokia device with dual-edge screen.
To protect the display, HMD Global opted for Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and that also goes through the back of the handset in which the Nokia 8 Sirocco being the first new Nokia handset to sport an almost all glass device. The new handset is basically covered in 95% of Corning Gorilla Glass except for the tiny stainless steel lining on the frame of the handset.
Under the hood, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is still powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip with 6GB RAM as the only option together with and expandable 128GB internal storage. Adreno 540 takes care of the Graphics so you’re at peace that everything should run as smooth as you’d expect it.
While the Nokia 8 relies on RGB and Monochrome sensors for its camera, the Nokia 8 Sirocco adapts the Nokia 7 Plus dual 12 Megapixel sensors with one being a wide-angle lens sensor with a f/1.7 Aperture coupled with a secondary telephoto lens with an f/2.6 Aperture. The main cameras are supported by a dual-tone LED flash to capture real-life color environment and assists in low-light situations. The front facing camera though has been downgraded into the lowest point which brings us to 5 Megapixel sensor as opposed to the Nokia 8’s 13 Megapixel Selfie sensor.
Like the Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia 8 Sirocco now uses the new Camera App with Nokia’s signature Manual/Pro mode where users can easily adjust controls for White Balance, Focus, ISO, Shutter Speed and Exposure Compensation through a radial menu on the display. The Nokia OZO audio will also dominates its audio recording functions on videos which makes incredible sound that makes you think that it’s done by professionals. But listening to recording and even music on the devices seems disappointing as Nokia have decided to removed the headphone jack and users will have to rely on the new USB-C interface but for those who can’t let go off their current headphone’s, Nokia includes a USB-C adaptor for 3.5mm headphone jacks.
Thankfully with glass body, the Nokia 8 Sirocco now is capable of charging wirelessly with Qi charging, you can practically use any wireless chargers for this device as long as they conform to the Qi Wireless Charging standards. Nowever if you’d like to charge the traditional way, there’s a USB-C port to handle that which also is capable to high speed data transfers for wired connections.
Like the Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia Nokia 8 Sirocco is part of Androidone as well. The notion that Androidone device are typically cheap and low spec’d think again.
So the Nokia 8 Sirocco is HMD Global’s premium handset and with that premium treatment comes with a premium price. If you could manage to continue ready it, get ready. For its price, the new Nokia 8 Sirocco costs 749 euros and will be available in stores this coming April.