Nokia 8 Sirocco was launched at MWC and it revives the original, premium Sirocco in an Android One flavor. But is this truly a 2018 flagship?
The stainless steel frame sandwiched between curved glass feels very premium and extremely sturdy. The glass is curved on the front and is reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with the curves dropping sharply. The screen is a LG made pOLED display with a 2160 x 1440p resolution. In a world of 18:9 displays dominating both the falgship and mid-range markets, Nokia 8 Sirocco maintains an older aspect ratio on the 5.5 inch display.
Speaking of old things Nokia has decided to stick to, it has a Snapdragon 835 from 2017. While it is a very capable processor, it is 2018 and the use of a newer SoC is expected. This is coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage.
Also, HMD Global has maintained some older relations of Nokia and leveraged that on the Nokia 8 Sirocco by opting for Zeiss optics. The Carl Zeiss dual camera arrangement comprises of a 12MP primary camera and a 13MP telephoto lens capable of 2x optical zoom.
What’s more interesting about the Nokia 8 Sirocco is that it runs one Android One and it is by far the most expensive smartphone to run this version of Android. This isn’t a bad thing though, as it means you get a stock Android experience on great specs and in a different package as compared to the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. This is the cleanest version of Android out there. To prove this, the new Sirocco only has 18 apps installed out of the box.
Nokia maintains simplicity in almost all aspects of this flagship. And like all other flagships, the Nokia 8 Sirocco sits comfortably at the €749 price point. This is on par with other 2017 flagships and seems reasonable for its very 2017 specs.