Nokia 8 Sirocco, 7 Plus, And 8110 4G Hands-on Review: Nokia 8 Sirocco Hands-on

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Nokia 8 Sirocco hands-on

The Nokia 8 Sirocco technically is HMD's flagship at the MWC 2018. The name makes it sound like a more premium version of the Nokia 8 but in reality it's closer to a recent phone.

The Sirocco shares the Snapdragon 835 chipset and 6GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) of the Nokia 8 but that's where the similarities end. It has a bigger 5.5-inch screen, which is p-Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) instead of LCD, there's Qi Wireless Charging (there's none on the Nokia 8), IP67 water-proofing (IP54 on the Nokia 8) and an all-recent dual capturing camera which has a regular and a 2x telephoto camera, instead of the 13MP color and 13MP black and white snappers on the Nokia 8.


The recent capturing camera on the Nokia 8 Sirocco is the same as the one on the Nokia 7 Plus. It's made up of a 12MP regular capturing camera with large 1.4um pixels and a colorful f/1.75 lens and a 2x telephoto 12MP capturing camera with 1.0um pixels and an f/2.6 aperture. The front facing capturing camera is a recent 5MP shooter with the same 1.4um pixels and a wide 84-degree field of view.

The capturing camera hardware is backed up by Nokia's Pro Camera app.


What's more impressive about the Nokia 8 Sirocco is its build. Nokia went with sculpted Gorilla Glass 5 for the front and back and a special stainless steel frame nestled in-between. Nokia says that stainless steel is 2.5 times stronger than Series 6000 aluminum.

The glass on the Nokia 8 Sirocco has curved sides both on the front and back panel. This makes it feel thinner than it is. When holding the Nokia 8 Sirocco you feel like you're holding some precise tool instead of a phone.


A downside to the thinner frame is that it's sharp and can feel a bit uncomfortable after a long period of time. But hey, it's about quality, and the Nokia 8 Sirocco oozes it.


The display on the Nokia 8 Sirocco hasn't grown taller than the Nokia 8's but has grown a bit bigger - 5.5-inch over 5.3-inch. And the incompatibility is noticeable. Another noticeable change is the utilize of AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) over LCD.


The recent Sirocco next to the recent Sirocco

This isn't Samsung's Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) brand but rather LG's p-Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) branch. It's not quite the best around but it is good. The only thing we can fault the p-Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panel on is color shift at an angle.


We were hoping to see the Nokia 9 at the Mobile World Congress but we are still glad to have seen the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Perhaps it's the base for the Nokia 9 - wouldn't that be nice, a dual-curved 18:9 classy screen with a stainless steel frame in-between.


Anyway, back to the Nokia 8 Sirocco, it will become available in April for the price of €749.






The Nokia 8 Sirocco next to the Nokia 8800 Sirocco

Nokia 8 Sirocco capturing camera samples

We had a chance to play around with the Nokia 8 Sirocco and snap a few images with its recent 12MP dual camera. The samples see really promising, just like the ones from the Nokia 7 Plus.

The capturing camera on the Nokia 8 Sirocco is the same as the one on the Nokia 7 Plus - a 12MP snapper with large 1.4um pixels, an f/1.75 aperture and OIS on the regular camera.






Nokia 8 Sirocco capturing camera samples

The telephoto capturing camera has regular-sized 1um pixels and an f/2.6 aperture that lets in less light. When light levels aren't enough, there's a two-tone Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash.






Nokia 8 Sirocco capturing camera samples

We also captured a 1080p video with the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Take a see how the Nokia changes from the regular to the telephoto capturing camera during video playback.

Nokia 8 Sirocco benchmarks

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is Nokia's most powerful phone until the Nokia 9 comes out. It packs the best hardware 2017 could offer - a Snapdragon 835 with 6GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) - but is that enough for 2018?

Of course it is. The Nokia 8 Sirocco may lose some synthetic tests against the few phones with a Snapdragon 845 - Sony Xperia XZ2 and Samsung Galaxy S9 - but is otherwise ridiculously quick for just about anything you would do with your phone.

The Snapdragon 835 is made up of eight Kryo cores - four clocked at 2.5Giga Hertz (GHz) and another four working at a maximum of 1.8GHz. Graphics are handled by an Adreno 540.

Below you'll find out just how fine the chipset does inside the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    6783

  • OnePlus 5T (Oreo)

    6759

  • Nokia 8

    6568

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco

    6483

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    6428

  • Nokia 7 Plus

    5920

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 5T (Oreo)

    1974

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco

    1949

  • Nokia 8

    1925

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    1915

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    1902

  • Nokia 7 Plus

    1641

AnTuTu 7

Higher is better

  • Nokia 8

    210323

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco

    207339

  • OnePlus 5T (Oreo)

    207072

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    203119

  • Nokia 7 Plus

    141822

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco

    42

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    42

  • OnePlus 5T (Oreo)

    40

  • Nokia 8

    39

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    38

  • Nokia 7 Plus

    15

GFX 3.1 Car scene (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Nokia 8

    32

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco

    26

  • OnePlus 5T (Oreo)

    26

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    25

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    22

Baseimprint ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    1183

  • Google Pixel 2 XL

    874

  • Nokia 8

    855

  • OnePlus 5T (Oreo)

    829

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco

    807

  • Nokia 7 Plus

    351


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