Nokia 8 Sirocco review | TechSwitch

    The Nokia eight Sirocco is the luxurious mannequin within the 2018 Nokia cellphone vary. It has a curvy entrance, may be very slim and feels denser than even lots of costly telephones, together with the LG G7 ThinQ and HTC U12 Plus.

    It’s not fairly as profitable because the extra all-embracing Nokia 7 Plus, although.

    The Nokia eight Sirocco doesn’t have the 18:9 display screen a cellphone must look trendy nowadays, the show doesn’t swimsuit the curved design, the chipset is from 2017, and whereas the digicam is nice, it doesn’t problem the perfect.

    This can be a strong cellphone, however not fairly robust sufficient to earn a prime rating at its comparatively excessive value.

    Nokia eight Sirocco value and availability

    • Out now
    • Prices  £699 / AU$1,199 (round $940)
    • Not coming to the US

    The Nokia eight Sirocco is the second ‘Nokia 8’ cellphone. The primary appeared in August 2017. This one was first proven off simply 5 months later in February 2018.

    They’re circuitously comparable, although, The Nokia eight Sirocco is considerably costlier, elevating the ceiling of simply how fancy Nokia’s new telephones can get.

    It prices £699 / AU$1,199, making it roughly $940 in a direct foreign money translation, although it’s not formally obtainable within the US. The Nokia eight Sirocco shouldn’t be low cost by any customary, although some shops are already providing it at a slight low cost in the event you store round.

    Key options

    • Sturdy, trendy design
    • 128GB of storage however no microSD card slot
    • Dated chipset

    At this value we have now a proper to anticipate some fairly particular options. In some areas we get them, in others we don’t.

    Design is a spotlight. The Nokia eight Sirocco has a formidable Gorilla Glass 5 and metal body, with an attention grabbing curved entrance. Few telephones really feel as costly as this.

    Not each a part of the design is successful, although. Because the cellphone has a 16:9 display screen fairly than the now extra widespread 18:9 (and even 19:9) type, it already appears dated. There’s additionally no reminiscence card slot or headphone jack, positive to grate with a few of you.

    128GB of storage needs to be sufficient for many, thoughts, and different extras embrace a rear fingerprint scanner, triple microphone array and wi-fi charging.

    The Nokia eight Sirocco performs properly typically, however doesn’t have a cutting-edge chipset. It makes use of 2016/2017’s Snapdragon 835 CPU as a substitute of the newer Snapdragon 845. This can be quick sufficient for nearly any goal, however cheaper or equally priced telephones have the newer model, together with the OnePlus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ.

    Its digicam additionally struggles slightly towards the perfect round. The Nokia eight Sirocco has a high-quality 12MP most important sensor with a 13MP secondary one for 2x zoom pictures.

    This mixture opens up extra compositional scope, however doesn’t provide the perfect low-light or HDR pictures amongst top-end telephones.

    It’s all powered by a three,260mAh battery with quick charging. Whereas not as massive as that of the Nokia 7 Plus, it’ll see you thru a day’s use simply, with some cost left for the second day in the event you can’t plug-in in a single day.

    The Nokia eight Sirocco doesn’t sink rivals with its , and doesn’t provide the worth of the Nokia 7 Plus. In some methods it lags behind that cheaper cellphone.

    Numerous the enchantment due to this fact boils all the way down to the beautiful design.


    • Curved entrance and metal body give the cellphone a high-end appear and feel
    • Appears a bit squat and a bit heavy

    Subsequent to each different prime smartphone of 2018, the Nokia eight Sirocco appears oddly squat. Maybe our eyes have seen one too many 18:9 display screen telephones, however this mannequin’s mixture of a 16:9 display screen and pretty small borders above and beneath the show leaves that impression.

    That was the Nokia eight Sirocco first impression vol. 1. Issues change when you decide the cellphone up and begin utilizing it. Few appear as conspicuously manufactured from glass and metallic as this.

    The Nokia eight Sirocco is extraordinarily dense, its glass rear feels far more like glass than many different telephones with a glass and metallic design. Some you could possibly virtually mistake for plastic. Not right here.

    A band of metallic that sits round all its sides is chrome steel fairly than aluminum, too. Metal is tougher. And whilst you may not have the ability to inform this together with your arms, the Nokia eight Sirocco instantly appears like a luxurious cellphone.

    Nonetheless, it’s additionally slightly extreme. Most present designs attempt to easy out the seams between their metallic and glass components, however the beveled metal right here stands proud slightly.

    We wouldn’t name these edges sharp, however they’re much more noticeable than most. It’s Nokia saying “we spent rather a lot on these items, you’re positive as hell going to note it, okay?”.

    Metal additionally makes the Nokia eight Sirocco slightly heavy for its dimension. It’s 177g, the identical because the OnePlus 6, which has a bigger display screen and is an efficient 15mm taller. It’s not really heavy, although, so this finally ends up including to the sense of excessive construct high quality fairly than seeming like a burden.

    There’s a glass fingerprint scanner on the again too. It might be contoured slightly extra and doesn’t allow you to convey up the apps or notification screens with a gesture, however is quick and dependable.

    The Nokia eight Sirocco’s curved entrance might be probably the most alluring a part of the design. Much like the Samsung Galaxy S9, it offers the cellphone front-on contours that merely look nice.

    Each panes of glass use Gorilla Glass 5, which as of mid-2018 is the most recent model. It’s a extremely scratch-proof and shatter-resistant glass solely usually utilized by costly gadgets. Like this one.

    Display screen

    • 5.5-inch display screen with 534 pixels per inch
    • P-OLED panel suffers from coloration shift
    • Lacks customization choices

    The 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 P-OLED display screen is a nasty match for these curves, although. Samsung’s newest OLED panels are nearly good: nice distinction, viewing angles, coloration and brightness.

    We get an LG P-OLED panel as a substitute right here, as used within the Google Pixel 2 XL. Colour shift is the difficulty.

    At an angle, the Nokia eight Sirocco display screen’s whites flip blue. Whenever you have a look at an internet site or, say, the white settings menu, the curved edges of the show seem blue fairly than white.

    We assume Nokia is aware of about this. The impact is fairly apparent. It’s probably an acceptable Samsung OLED panel was not obtainable, or not cost-effective, however this coloration shift spoils the display screen’s influence.

    The Nokia eight Sirocco’s display screen is shiny and color-saturated, nevertheless it additionally lacks the customization choices frequent amongst high-end telephones. You possibly can’t tame the ultra-saturated reds, which make the YouTube emblem look very shiny.

    For a pro-style calibration, the show additionally must be barely hotter. Once more, you may’t do that.

    That mentioned, we’re pretty proud of how the Nokia eight Sirocco’s display screen appears except for the blue border concern. Oh, and that the 16:9 side will look extra dated by the week.

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