Nokia 8 Sirocco

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There was some­thing of a lack of new flag­ship smart­phones at MWC 2018, but Nokia had plenty of new de­vices to feast your eyes on, in­clud­ing a sleek hand­set to ri­val the Gal­axy S9. Al­though a Nokia 9 was a pos­si­bil­ity, the firm ac­tu­ally an­nounced the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which is quite a

rad­i­cal phone for HMD – the com­pany with the rights to the Nokia brand. For now, this is the Nokia 9.

Price

The 8 Sirocco will ar­rive in April 2018. We don’t have UK price just yet, but it could be even more ex­pen­sive than the Gal­axy S9, which is ru­moured to cost £739.

De­sign

It’s in­ter­est­ing that the price is go­ing to be very sim­i­lar to Sam­sung’s new phone be­cause the 8 Sirocco has a de­sign that’s ex­tremely rem­i­nis­cent of the Gal­axy range of late. That’s not a bad thing un­less you feel like Nokia has ripped off Sam­sung’s de­sign.

Un­like the other Nokia hand­sets that use an alu­minium cas­ing, the 8 Sirocco is al­most en­tirely glass – more than a whop­ping 95 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to HMD. This is vac­uum moulded Go­rilla Glass 5 and it looks ex­tremely stylish.

Like the Gal­axy phones, it’s curved at the sides (front and back) and the two pieces al­most meet down the sides, apart from a sliver of stain­less steel which is less than 2mm thick.

The stain­less steel has ‘dual di­a­mond pol­ished cham­fers’ for grip, which sounds great. How­ever, the metal down the sides is so thin it feels a lit­tle bit sharp.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is thin­ner than the Gal­axy S9 at 7.5mm and as such doesn’t of­fer a head­phone jack, which is a shame. The phone is wa­ter­proof, though with an IP67 rat­ing.

There are more sim­i­lar­i­ties with the Gal­axy range as the fin­ger­print scan­ner is rear mounted. The cam­era

ar­ray does stick out a lit­tle way but not so much that it’s an is­sue, partly as it’s cen­tral.

Hard­ware

At this price, Nokia needs to be of­fer­ing se­ri­ous specs to go with the high-end de­sign. On the whole that is the case, though it’s not all hunky-dory.

The screen is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from ri­vals since al­though it’s got the curved edges like Gal­axy phones, it’s the more tra­di­tional 16:9 aspect ra­tio. At 5.5in, it’s just a lit­tle smaller than oth­ers and not as tall.

It’s got a 2K Quad HD res­o­lu­tion and uses plas­tic OLED tech­nol­ogy. Nokia has gone for a more com­pact pack­age that ac­tu­ally might be eas­ier to use for some. We’ll test it out fur­ther but the dis­play looks per­fectly crisp, bright and colour­ful.

We’re ex­pect­ing a wave of smart­phones with the new Qual­comm Snap­dragon 845 but the Nokia 8 Sirocco is a lit­tle out of date be­cause it’s pow­ered by last year’s Snap­dragon 835.

That’s not the end of the world, but we would ex­pect the lat­est chip at this high-end price.

It helps that you get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of stor­age as stan­dard. How­ever, there’s no mi­croSD card slot, so it’s not all plain sail­ing here.

It’s a shame there’s no head­phone jack, but you do get a USB-C adap­tor in­cluded there are some au­dio fea­tures in the form of three mics that can cap­ture au­dio in 24-bit res­o­lu­tion. Nokia prom­ises dis­tor­tion­free record­ings up to 132dB with ‘spa­tial au­dio’.

When it comes to con­nec­tiv­ity, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is packed as you would ex­pect a flag­ship to be with

dual-band 11ac Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth 5.0, NFC, GPS and var­i­ous sen­sors in­clud­ing the fin­ger­print reader on the back.

Mov­ing onto pho­tog­ra­phy and this is an area the Nokia 8 Sirocco looks to be strong. Where ri­vals may force you to buy a plus model to get dual-cam­eras, they are stan­dard here.

At the back you get a 12Mp cam­era with large 1.4μm pix­els and a de­cent f/1.75 aper­ture. This is ac­com­pa­nied by a 13Mp tele­photo lens with an f/2.6 aper­ture and a dual-tone flash.

The front of­fers a less im­pres­sive 5Mp cam­era for self­ies, also with 1.4μm pix­els and an f/2 aper­ture. All the cam­eras seem de­cent enough but we’ll need proper test­ing time to see how they stack up to ri­vals.

Al­though the cam­eras seem de­cent, it’s worth not­ing that the Nokia 7 Plus has the same ones.

The glass de­sign means wire­less charg­ing is pos­si­ble. You can also charge via the USB-C port and the firm says you can get 50 per­cent bat­tery in 30 min­utes thanks to fast charg­ing. Bat­tery life should be good with an above av­er­age 3,260mAh bat­tery.

Soft­ware

If you’re not a fan of the some­what busy user in­ter­faces of­fered by the likes of Sam­sung and LG, then the Nokia 8 Sirocco might be a good choice for you. Al­though it has An­droid 8 Oreo like oth­ers, the phone is part of the An­droid One pro­gram. In fact, all of Nokia’s new phones – apart from the fea­ture phones – are, too.

You might have thought this was for cheaper phones but that’s not the case, and ac­tu­ally means you’re get­ting a clean and sim­ple An­droid ex­pe­ri­ence sim­i­lar to that of the Pixel phones.

It means no pre­in­stalled apps from third-par­ties and other ben­e­fits like reg­u­lar se­cu­rity up­dates, Google As­sis­tant front and cen­tre and the guar­an­tee of up­grades to fu­ture An­droid ver­sions for two years.

Ver­dict

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a re­ally in­ter­est­ing de­vice from the firm that’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent to its other phones. With sim­i­lar de­sign, it’s a di­rect ri­val to the Gal­axy S9, al­though with some specs that aren’t so im­pres­sive de­spite a very sim­i­lar price.

No head­phone jack or 18:9 screen might be enough for some to go else­where but the An­droid One soft­ware is a lure for those want­ing the sim­ple life. Chris Martin

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

• 5.5in (2560x1440, 534ppi) P-OLED ca­pac­i­tive dis­play • An­droid 8.0 Oreo • Qual­comm MSM8998 Snap­dragon 835 pro­ces­sor • Octa-core 4x 2.5GHz Kryo & 4x 1.8GHz Kryo • Adreno 540 GPU • 6GB RAM • 128GB stor­age, mi­croSD up to 256GB • Fin­ger­print scan­ner • Dual rear-fac­ing cam­eras: 12Mp (f/1.75, 1.4μm, OIS) and 12Mp (f/2.6, 1μm), dual pixel phase de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus, 2x op­ti­cal zoom, Carl Zeiss op­tics, du­alLED dual-tone flash • 5Mp front-fac­ing cam­era: f/2.0, 1.4μm, 1080p • 802.11ac Wi-Fi • Blue­tooth 5.0 • A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS • Mi­cro-USB 3.1 Type-C • Non-re­mov­able lithium-ion 3,260mAh bat­tery • 140.9x73x7.5mm

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Thanks to the glass de­sign wire­less charg­ing is pos­si­ble

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