Nokia 8 Sirocco Review: Lab Tests - Display And Audio Quality, Battery Life, Speaker Loudness

By 02:06 Thu, 19 Aug 2021 Comments


The 5.5-inch pOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display is not without flaws

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is equipped with a 5.5-inch display with 2,560x1,440px resolution in a classic 16:9 aspect. The math works out to a 534ppi pixel density. The display is also curved to the sides, not unlike recent Galaxies.

It's a pOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panel, the 'p' in front signifying that it's not made by Samsung more than it does anything else. But you could probably disclose anyway - Samsung's dual-curved AMOLEDs haven't exhibited such strong color shifts at the sides like this one does, certainly not lately.


While it is striking at first and can't go unnoticed, particularly on lighter backgrounds, much like the Pixel 2 XL display imperfections it's something that you learn to ignore as you spdiscontinue time with the phone. It is bad, but it's not as poor as it appears and it's not something you couldn't live with. And, much like with the Pixel 2 XL, the bigger issue here is that you're paying top-dollar but you're not getting your money's worth.

You'd be getting plenty of brightness though, that's for sure. The 400nits the phone achieves in manual mode go all the way up to 600nits if you enable auto brightness. That's quite a similar performance to the V30 by LG, which is perhaps where the Sirocco's display might have been sourced. Unlike the V30, however, the Sirocco's blacks stay truly black in manual mode and the testing hardware only detects a marginal level of illumination in auto. Minimum brightness is also kept nice and low at 3.1 nits.

Display test

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Nokia 8 Sirocco 0 400

Nokia 8 Sirocco (Max Auto) 0.002 600 300000

Nokia 8 0.382 703 1840

Nokia 7 plus 0.254 432 1701

Samsung Galaxy S9+ 0 376 ∞

Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Max Auto) 0 631 ∞

Huawei P20 Pro 0 412 ∞

Huawei P20 Pro (Max Auto) 0 582 ∞

Google Pixel 2 XL 0 420 ∞

LG V30 0.002 414 207000

LG V30 (Max Auto) 0.032 616 19250

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 0.379 387 1020

Sony Xperia XZ2 0.431 618 1434

Oppo R15 Pro 0 410 ∞

It's not the greatest out in the sun, the Sirocco, as far as OLEDs go at least. With a 3.745 in our test it's as fine as one of the fine LCDs. Which is to say, it's perfectly usable outdoors, we're just spoiled by the better OLEDs.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone X

    5.013

  • OnePlus 5T

    4.789

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    4.768

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    4.658

  • Samsung Galaxy S9

    4.63

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    4.615

  • Samsung Galaxy S9+

    4.537

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play

    4.459

  • Oppo R11

    4.454

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    4.439

  • OnePlus 3

    4.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    4.376

  • HTC One A9

    4.274

  • Oppo R15 Pro

    4.251

  • Samsung Galaxy Note7

    4.247

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    4.241

  • Nokia 8

    4.239

  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)

    4.234

  • OnePlus 3T

    4.232

  • Google Pixel XL

    4.164

  • ZTE Axon 7

    4.154

  • Samsung Galaxy Note8

    4.148

  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus

    4.147

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    4.124

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)

    4.096

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    4.09

  • Huawei P20 Pro

    4.087

  • Nokia 6 (2018)

    4.052

  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)

    4.023

  • LG V30

    4.022

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    4.019

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

    3.998

  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite

    3.983

  • OnePlus X

    3.983

  • Oppo R7s

    3.964

  • Apple iPhone 7

    3.964

  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)

    3.957

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    3.956

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    3.935

  • Lenovo Moto Z

    3.931

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

    3.918

  • OnePlus 5

    3.914

  • Samsung Galaxy C5

    3.911

  • Samsung Galaxy C7

    3.896

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.895

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor

    3.879

  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor

    3.873

  • Motorola Moto G6 Plus

    3.865

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3.859

  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

    3.842

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    3.818

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

    3.817

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

    3.812

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

    3.804

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode

    3.802

  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro

    3.798

  • LG V20 Max auto

    3.798

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    3.795

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    3.789

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    3.783

  • Meizu Pro 5

    3.781

  • Microsoft Lumia 650

    3.772

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    3.767

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    3.765

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

    3.756

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco

    3.745

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    3.729

  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)

    3.725

  • Oppo F1 Plus

    3.709

  • Vivo X5Pro

    3.706

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    3.688

  • Huawei P20

    3.683

  • Apple iPhone SE

    3.681

  • Huawei Mate 9

    3.68

  • Samsung Galaxy A7

    3.679

  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

    3.675

  • Meizu PRO 6

    3.659

  • BlackBerry Priv

    3.645

  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

    3.597

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3.588

  • Sony Xperia XZ2

    3.58

  • LG G6

    3.556

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    3.53

  • Motorola Moto Z Play

    3.526

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

    3.523

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode

    3.523

  • Acer Jade Primo

    3.521

  • Microsoft Lumia 950

    3.512

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3.499

  • Nokia 7 plus

    3.479

  • nubia Z11

    3.466

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    3.456

  • HTC U Ultra

    3.453

  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

    3.445

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    3.422

  • Motorola Moto G6 Play

    3.419

  • Meizu MX5

    3.416

  • LG V20

    3.402

  • Huawei P10

    3.379

  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)

    3.378

  • Oppo R9s

    3.352

  • Honor 8 Pro

    3.341

  • Oppo F7

    3.333

  • Oppo R7

    3.32

  • Lenovo P2

    3.316

  • Archos Diamond Omega

    3.305

  • Honor 9

    3.289

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    3.276

  • Nokia 5

    3.261

  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)

    3.244

  • Nokia 6 (Global version)

    3.238

  • Samsung Galaxy J2

    3.235

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    3.234

  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2

    3.228

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    3.222

  • Oppo F3 Plus

    3.218

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    3.206

  • Huawei P9

    3.195

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

    3.19

  • ZTE Nubia Z17

    3.159

  • Oppo R11s

    3.153

  • Lenovo Vibe Shot

    3.113

  • HTC U11 Life

    3.108

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    3.105

  • LG Nexus 5X

    3.092

  • HTC U11

    3.089

  • Huawei Mate S

    3.073

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    3.065

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    3.023

  • Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL

    3.019

  • Motorola Moto X4

    3.012

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    3.012

  • Sony Xperia L1

    2.994

  • LG Q6

    2.987

  • Huawei P10 Lite

    2.974

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Huawei P20 Lite

    2.952

  • Xiaomi Redmi 5

    2.951

  • Huawei Mate 8

    2.949

  • Sony Xperia XA2

    2.938

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4

    2.92

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S

    2.913

  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

    2.913

  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra

    2.906

  • LG G5

    2.905

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Huawei Honor View 10

    2.896

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime

    2.893

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    2.884

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)

    2.877

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    2.877

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    2.876

  • Nokia 3

    2.871

  • Microsoft Lumia 550

    2.851

  • Lenovo Moto M

    2.813

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    2.803

  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact

    2.784

  • Nokia 2

    2.752

  • Meizu MX6

    2.751

  • LG V10

    2.744

  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)

    2.742

  • Motorola Moto G5S Plus

    2.737

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    2.735

  • Huawei Honor 7X

    2.734

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)

    2.714

  • Meizu M5

    2.71

  • Sony Xperia M5

    2.69

  • Xiaomi Mi A1

    2.689

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    2.679

  • Huawei P9 Lite

    2.679

  • vivo V7+

    2.671

  • Vivo V3Max

    2.659

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix

    2.658

  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite

    2.654

  • Oppo F5

    2.653

  • Doogee Mix

    2.642

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2.641

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a

    2.635

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)

    2.616

  • Sony Xperia XA

    2.609

  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus

    2.582

  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)

    2.582

  • Meizu M5s

    2.58

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2.574

  • LeEco Le Max 2

    2.567

  • Huawei P Smart

    2.563

  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL

    2.563

  • Microsoft Lumia 640

    2.563

  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2

    2.561

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)

    2.556

  • HTC U11+

    2.556

  • Lenovo K6 Note

    2.544

  • Lenovo Moto G4

    2.544

  • Oppo F1

    2.528

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    2.525

  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c

    2.506

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2.503

  • BlackBerry Motion

    2.494

  • Oppo F1s

    2.481

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    2.473

  • Huawei G8

    2.471

  • Huawei nova

    2.467

  • Lenovo Vibe K5

    2.459

  • Meizu m3 max

    2.447

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    2.424

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)

    2.417

  • HTC 10 evo

    2.407

  • Huawei Honor 7

    2.406

  • Vivo V7

    2.404

  • Sony Xperia E5

    2.386

  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo

    2.382

  • HTC 10

    2.378

  • Oppo F3

    2.376

  • vivo V5 Plus

    2.371

  • Meizu m1 note

    2.362

  • Huawei nova plus

    2.329

  • Razer Phone

    2.328

  • HTC One E9+

    2.305

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Sony Xperia L2

    2.266

  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    2.254

  • HTC U11+ (EU)

    2.253

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    2.253

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)

    2.249

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2.235

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    2.234

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Huawei P8

    2.196

  • Meizu M5 Note

    2.189

  • Huawei Honor 6

    2.169

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    2.166

  • OnePlus Two

    2.165

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)

    2.145

  • LG Aka

    2.145

  • Archos 50 Diamond

    2.134

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Xiaomi Mi 4S

    2.095

  • Acer Liquid X2

    2.084

  • Huawei P8lite

    2.078

  • vivo V5

    2.059

  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual

    2.026

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    2.001

  • Xiaomi Mi Max

    1.996

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    1.972

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1.944

  • Meizu m3 note

    1.923

  • Meizu m2 note

    1.892

  • BlackBerry Leap

    1.892

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    1.759

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie

    1.68

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

    1.675

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    1.659

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Sony Xperia L

    1.351

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1.311

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Nokia X

    1.291

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

The colors are nice and vibrant, but if you're looking for accurate rendition of the sRGB color space, the Sirocco might not be the best choice. It's not terrible, but with an average DeltaE of 6.3 it's just not on par with the best. Whites are off by about 8 units towards blue. There are no color profiles or any options for adjustment either (other than night mode, that is).

Audio quality

The Nokia 8 Sirocco had rather disappointing loudness when hooked to an external amplifier, but its output was generally as fine as we've come to expect from smartphones these days.

Plugging in a pair of headphones only harmed the stereo quality, but the increase there was higher than average. The fine news was the rest of the readings were barely affected so the overall quality was good. Volume remained rather low though, so you might want to haged away from high impedance headphones with this one.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Nokia 8 Sirocco+0.44, -0.12-90.190.20.00560.016-88.7

Nokia 8 Sirocco (headphones)+0.51, -0.12-89.889.90.00970.043-39.9

Nokia 7 Plus+0.02, -0.31 -38.881.70.00134.690-95.9

Nokia 7 Plus (headphones)+0.25, -0.23-93.390.40.00450.227-53.9

Oppo R15 Pro+0.01, -0.02-93.793.50.00090.0065-92.0

Oppo R15 Pro (headphones)+0.46, -0.10-92.893.30.00790.290-56.6

Samsung Galaxy S9++0.01, -0.03-92.692.50.00120.0076-93.4

Samsung Galaxy S9+ (headphones)+0.03, -0.03-92.292.20.00170.042-76.3

HTC U11+0.05, -0.11-94.194.10.00170.0067-94.5

HTC U11 (headphones)+0.05, -0.02-93.793.80.00180.105-53.7

LG V30+0.02, -0.01-93.293.10.00080.0069-94.2

LG V30 (headphones)+0.03, -0.02-92.992.90.00570.051-68.1




Nokia 8 Sirocco frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Nokia 8 Sirocco battery life

The number 8 in the Nokia lineup implies a strange battery power - the Nokia 8's power pack is rated at 3,090mAh, while this Sirocco we have here now has a 3,260mAh cell. The 6.1 has a classic 3,000mAh capacity, while the 7 Plus packs quite a bit more juice - 3,800mAh.

We ran our usual tests on the Sirocco and the numbers turned out pretty good. We'd have loved to see more than ten hours of web browsing, but the 9:20h we got is okay. Looping videos off the grid, the number goes as high as 12:39h so you should be fine watching shows on transatlantic journeys. We're not ones to talk much, but for those that do, the 21 hours of 3G voice calls from the Nokia should be plenty. In the end, it all adds up to a 77-hour Endurance rating.


Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you utilize the Nokia 8 Sirocco for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

When it comes to filling up that battery, the bundled quick charger does a remarkable job. A 30-minute charge got us from flat to 49%, at the hour imprint we were looking at 77% and a full charge was achieved in about 1:50h.

Loudspeaker

Continuing a trdiscontinue of very loud phones, the Nokia 8 Sirocco scored an Excellent imprint in our testing. The single loudspeaker's readings were close to those from the Nokia 8 non-Sirocco, and noticeably higher than the Nokia 6.1 in the voice test. While indeed loud, the sound coming out of the Sirocco was rather lacking in the lower register.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

Samsung Galaxy Note8 67.8 69.5 71.5 Good

OnePlus 5T 68.4 73.2 69.9 Good

Google Pixel 2 XL 66.2 70.4 78.2 Good

Nokia 7 plus 67.5 71.3 79.7 Good

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S 68.1 70.1 81.5 Very Good

Oppo R15 Pro 69.7 73.5 76.6 Very Good

Samsung Galaxy S9+ 68.4 74.0 80.1 Very Good

LG V30 66.9 72.3 84.5 Very Good

Nokia 6 (2018) 67.1 74.0 85.3 Very Good

Huawei P20 66.6 69.8 90.0 Very Good

Huawei Mate 10 Pro 70.1 73.8 84.2 Excellent

Nokia 8 Sirocco 83.6 76.4 80.7 Excellent

Nokia 8 88.0 77.1 81.4 Excellent


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