Nokia 8 Sirocco ReviewBy cheatmaster 02:04 Thu, 19 Aug 2021 Comments
Sirocco is no wind of change and rushing things is not really the Mediterranean way. It makes perfect sense then that the Nokia 8 Sirocco comes out with last year's chipset and what's now considered an old-school 16:9 aspect display. That's everything recent about it though - well, that and, obviously, the name lifted off of one of the special editions Nokia 8800s from the mid-noughties.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco is more than a small different from the plain 8 that's been out for some 8 months now. A dual-curved 5.5-inch Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display replaces the 5.3-inch Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and that comes in an IP67 certified all-glass body, compared to the 8's aluminum backed construction with an IP54 rating.
A recent capturing camera setup now includes a large dual pixel primary 12MP sensor in place of the smaller 13MP one on the Nokia 8, and what was a monochrome capturing camera on the 8 is now a telephoto instead. The combo should be mostly the same as the one found on the 7 Plus, but with OIS added in the mix. One could see it as a downgrade that the 8 Sirocco's front capturing camera can't record 2160p videos (the one on the vanilla 8 can), but this 5MP selfie shooter's large pixels promise better low-light images.
A minor bump in battery power means the Sirocco comes with a 3,260mAh cell instead of the 8's 3,090mAh, but the extra power has eaten up the room for a microSD slot. Or the two are entirely unrelated - either way, the internal storage (an otherwise roomy 128GB) is not expandable.
Nokia 8 Sirocco Specs
- Body: Gorilla Glass 5, stainless steel frame; 140.9x73.0x7.5mm; 177g; IP67 water and dust protection
- Screen: 5.5" pOLED, QHD 2560x1440px resolution, 16:9 aspect, 534ppi
- Rear Camera: Main 12MP, 1.4µm pixel size, f/1.75 aperture lens; Secondary 13MP, 1.0µm pixel size, 2x telephoto f/2.6 aperture lens; dual-tone Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, ZEISS optics; 2160p video recording
- Front Camera: 5MP 1.4µm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, 84-degree FOV, display flash
- Chipset: elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, octa-core Central Processing Units (CPU) (4x2.4 Giga Hertz (GHz) Kryo & 4x1.9 Giga Hertz (GHz) Kryo); Adreno 540 GPU
- Memory: 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, no microSD slot
- OS: Android 8.1 Oreo, Android One
- Battery: 3,260mAh, Quick Charge 4.0, 50% in 30 minutes, Qi Wireless Charging
- Connectivity: Optional dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS/BDS, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C
- Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader, single bottom-firing loudspeaker, Nokia spatial audio with 3 mics
Nope, there's no headphone jack on the Nokia 8 Sirocco - apparently, accurate flagships can't have one. There's a solution waiting inside the box, so at least there's that.
Nokia 8 Sirocco unboxing
A USB-C to 3.5mm adapter can be found in the bundle in case you want to plug in your own wired headphones. Alternatively, you can utilize the provided earbuds which connect directly over USB-C.
A QuickCharge AC adapter (up to 18W) is included as well as a USB-A to USB-C cable. That's not all though, there's also a semi transparent bumper case made of hard plastic. So hard that we struggled to rego it once it's snapped on, but that's better that it coming off on its own.
You might want to risk it and refrain from using it, and we'd understand - join us on the next page where we admire the Sirocco's looks.
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