Nokia 8 Sirocco

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The Nokia 8 Sirocco currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 28 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

While the phone looks stunning, sharp edges, hard to press buttons, and a badly calibrated display make the phone less stunning to use.

What's good

  • Snappy performance
  • All-day battery
  • Decent cameras
  • Plenty of storage
  • IP67 rating

What's bad

  • Poor viewing angles and color balance
  • No microSD support
  • Uncomfortable edges
  • Hard to press buttons
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack

Nokia has always been known for its sleek designs and attention to detail. With the latest release in their 2018 lineup, the Nokia 8 Sirocco pushes into flagship phone territory. However, the company has struggled to find that perfect balance of design, features, and price that could carry it back to its former glory. Does this phone reverse that trend?

The phone sports a familiar IP67-rated metal and glass design that, at first glance, wowed reviewers. However, upon picking it up, you’ll notice something -- they didn’t use aluminum, instead opting for stainless steel. This creates a sturdier feel at the cost of added weight. While far from bulky, the 177g Sirocco weighs as much as phones a good deal larger.

The rear of the phone includes a fingerprint scanner that reviewers found easy to reach and responsive. Heading to the sides of the phone, you’ll find a slight taper and a seam where the glass and metal pieces meet. While the thinness might look good, many reviewers found it uncomfortable to grip for extended periods. Even worse, they found the design made the power and volume buttons hard to find and harder still to press.

This curve extends around to the front as well with the 5.5-inch 1440-by-2560 pixel OLED display sloping to meet the edges of the case. While this has been a hit for Samsung in the past, reviewers found Nokia’s approach less successful. In the curved areas, many complained of distortion to both text and color. The display already runs slightly cool with bluish whites, but on the edges, the effect is even more pronounced.

Nokia chose a 2.36Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM to power the phone. While not the latest chip on offer, reviewers found that the pairing offered more than enough performance for heavy multitasking, playing the latest games, and quickly bouncing around apps or snapping pictures. However, the curved screen sometimes caused issues for apps or games that used the edges of the display for controls.

As an Android ONE phone, the Sirocco ships with Android 8.1 Oreo and promises two years of rapid updates. Nokia’s touches to the interface are minimal and everything runs silky smooth.

You’ll find 128GB of internal storage but there’s no microSD card. Though, for the average buyer, 128GB is likely enough. 

The phone’s dual-lens 12MP/13MP rear camera features 2x optical zoom and a dual flash for even tones and lighting. Reviewers found the phone up to the task in decent lighting and the 12MP lens produced decent results in low-light. However, many had issues with noise and blurring when using the 13MP telephoto lens and recommended avoiding it when possible. 

The front-facing 5MP lens produces decent snaps for social sharing or video chat but is behind the 8MP lenses seen in many comparably priced phones in terms of detail.

If you’re looking for a phone that will last through the day with ease, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is a solid option. The 3260mAh battery with USB Type-C fast charging lasted most reviewers a full day and some of them could squeeze two days from a single charge. Fast charging provides a 50% charge in 30 minutes. There’s also Qi wireless charging for top ups while in the car or at your desk.

The phone only has one real flaw -- but it’s a major one. A screen with poor color balance and bad viewing angles isn’t something you expect at this price point. Due to that, most reviews recommend passing on the phone, despite its other strong points. 

ZDNet says, “As the screen is the key to a smartphone, this failing makes it difficult to recommend the Nokia 8 Sirocco.” Phone Arena agrees, saying, “To sum the Nokia 8 Sirocco in one sentence, it is a phone that is more pleasant to look at than it is to actually use on a daily basis.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.36 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


DxOMark

The Nokia 8 Sirocco improves upon the manufacturer’s smartphone camera hardware, packing in a dual camera with tele-lens for optical zoom shots and a good PDAF autofocus system. Overall image quality is a step up from the predecessor Nokia 8, offering slightly more consistent results for exposure an...

- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
Pocket-lint

The flagship Nokia is about design: it's slim, with curved glass edges to its 5.5in screen, and a clean Android One software experience. But it launches on dated hardware and which, along with some connectivity issues, spells issues. It's got merit, just not quite enough of it.

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
Tech Advisor

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a really interesting device that’s completely different to its other phones. With similar design, it’s a direct rival to the Galaxy S9 with it's curved glass design. There's no doubt this is one of the most stylish Nokia phones to date but the edges are slightly sharp and it d...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
ZDNet

The Nokia 8 Sirocco has plenty of plus points: battery life is good, there's plenty of internal storage at 128GB, the Snapdragon 835 processor is competent, the dual rear cameras work well enough, an IP67 rating is welcome, and Android One makes for good future-proofing.

- Sandra Vogel, ZDNet
Expert Reviews

Nokia’s entry into the flagship market with the Nokia 8 Sirocco is not everything we’d hoped for. After a slew of cracking budget and mid-range smartphone launches, it would have been great to see Nokia finish strong with a top-notch high-end smartphone at a competitive price.

- Tom Bruce, Expert Reviews


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Nokia released the 8 Sirocco on April 30, 2018.


The 8 Sirocco price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Nokia 8 Sirocco prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia 8 Sirocco user manual here.


Nokia backs up the 8 Sirocco with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your 8 Sirocco has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.5"

The Nokia 8 Sirocco's screen size is 5.5 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.36 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.36 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3260mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3260 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 1268 minutes, 560 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

8 Sirocco Specs

Overview
Release date April 30, 2018
Regions available UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.36 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 0.86 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 759 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 560 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1268 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 20.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.093 x 7.297 x 0.75 cm (5.6 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 180
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology P-OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 534 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 3D Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Dual camera feature (13 MP 2nd camera, f/2.6), Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
f/2.0 Aperture
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


DxOMark

Dual-cam mid-ranger

from DxOMark

The Nokia 8 Sirocco improves upon the manufacturer’s smartphone camera hardware, packing in a dual camera with tele-lens for optical zoom shots and a good PDAF autofocus system. Overall image quality is a step up from the predecessor Nokia 8, offering slightly more consistent results for exposu...More

The Nokia 8 Sirocco improves upon the manufacturer’s smartphone camera hardware, packing in a dual camera with tele-lens for optical zoom shots and a good PDAF autofocus system. Overall image quality is a step up from the predecessor Nokia 8, offering slightly more consistent results for exposure and color. Its performance and image quality is competent, if not exceptional.

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Pocket-lint

The high-end Nokia looking to steal Samsung's crown

from Pocket-lint

The flagship Nokia is about design: it's slim, with curved glass edges to its 5.5in screen, and a clean Android One software experience. But it launches on dated hardware and which, along with some connectivity issues, spells issues. It's got merit, just not quite enough of it.

Read full review

The flagship Nokia is about design: it's slim, with curved glass edges to its 5.5in screen, and a clean Android One software experience. But it launches on dated hardware and which, along with some connectivity issues, spells issues. It's got merit, just not quite enough of it.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

Cheaper, but that's not enough to make it better

from Tech Advisor

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a really interesting device that’s completely different to its other phones. With similar design, it’s a direct rival to the Galaxy S9 with it's curved glass design. There's no doubt this is one of the most stylish Nokia phones to date but the edges are slightly sharp a...More

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a really interesting device that’s completely different to its other phones. With similar design, it’s a direct rival to the Galaxy S9 with it's curved glass design. There's no doubt this is one of the most stylish Nokia phones to date but the edges are slightly sharp and it depends if you want on-trend features like a tall aspect ratio.

Read full review

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ZDNet

A flawed flagship

from ZDNet

The Nokia 8 Sirocco has plenty of plus points: battery life is good, there's plenty of internal storage at 128GB, the Snapdragon 835 processor is competent, the dual rear cameras work well enough, an IP67 rating is welcome, and Android One makes for good future-proofing.

Read full review

The Nokia 8 Sirocco has plenty of plus points: battery life is good, there's plenty of internal storage at 128GB, the Snapdragon 835 processor is competent, the dual rear cameras work well enough, an IP67 rating is welcome, and Android One makes for good future-proofing.

Read full review

Less

Expert Reviews

Shakes things up with a curved screen

from Expert Reviews

Nokia’s entry into the flagship market with the Nokia 8 Sirocco is not everything we’d hoped for. After a slew of cracking budget and mid-range smartphone launches, it would have been great to see Nokia finish strong with a top-notch high-end smartphone at a competitive price.

Read full review

Nokia’s entry into the flagship market with the Nokia 8 Sirocco is not everything we’d hoped for. After a slew of cracking budget and mid-range smartphone launches, it would have been great to see Nokia finish strong with a top-notch high-end smartphone at a competitive price.

Read full review

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Absolute Geeks

New paint job and some other tweaks

from Absolute Geeks

When you first look at the Nokia 8 Sirocco, you think wow! It’s got a beautiful glossy look and feel to it, with a almost piano looking finish. The phone is extremely fast. Thanks to the stock android and oled screen, things are zippy and the phone runs pretty flawlessly. Apps launch quickly,...More

When you first look at the Nokia 8 Sirocco, you think wow! It’s got a beautiful glossy look and feel to it, with a almost piano looking finish. The phone is extremely fast. Thanks to the stock android and oled screen, things are zippy and the phone runs pretty flawlessly. Apps launch quickly, multitasking is a breeze and everything just works.

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PhoneArena

Offers plenty of processing power and storage

from PhoneArena

If it falls down in price, the Sirocco will be a great option for those Android purists who like their interface fast and clean or their displays in a more traditional aspect ratio. Until then, the price tag may chase away many potential buyers, irregardless of the nostalgia whiff that Nokia's Sirocco models may send down their spines.

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If it falls down in price, the Sirocco will be a great option for those Android purists who like their interface fast and clean or their displays in a more traditional aspect ratio. Until then, the price tag may chase away many potential buyers, irregardless of the nostalgia whiff that Nokia's Sirocco models may send down their spines.

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TrustedReviews

A solid phone, but it has a few too many patchy elements

from TrustedReviews

There are some masterful elements to the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Its steel sides and curved Gorilla Glass 5 panels display a flair that similarly priced devices such as the HTC U12 Plus and LG G7 ThinQ lack. It lags behind these phones in some other respects, however. A 16:9-panelled device at this price, at this time, is a tough sell.

Read full review

There are some masterful elements to the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Its steel sides and curved Gorilla Glass 5 panels display a flair that similarly priced devices such as the HTC U12 Plus and LG G7 ThinQ lack. It lags behind these phones in some other respects, however. A 16:9-panelled device at this price, at this time, is a tough sell.

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TechRadar

Luxury design, clean software

from TechRadar

Nokia has successfully made a luxury phone, with a high-end build, generally decent specs and no software bloat, but the Nokia 8 Sirocco seems slightly dated in too many areas to fully recommend.

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Nokia has successfully made a luxury phone, with a high-end build, generally decent specs and no software bloat, but the Nokia 8 Sirocco seems slightly dated in too many areas to fully recommend.

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GSMArena

We so wanted to love it, and it didn't make it

Ultimately, it's hard to recommend a flagship with a flawed display and merely okay camera and battery life. This would be the voice of reason. We choose to listen to another voice though, and it insists that going a decade back in time is worth putting up with a few imperfections. Nostalgic types, we are.

Read full review

Ultimately, it's hard to recommend a flagship with a flawed display and merely okay camera and battery life. This would be the voice of reason. We choose to listen to another voice though, and it insists that going a decade back in time is worth putting up with a few imperfections. Nostalgic types, we are.

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