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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - By Nidhi Sin­gal

SSel­dom does a phone bowl you over with its de­sign. Nokia 8 Sirocco is a fine piece of hard­ware crafted from a sin­gle piece of stain­less steel. The screen is cov­ered with Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass 5 with curved edges that blends into the thin metal strip on the side pan­els. Even at 7.5 mm thick­ness, it is sur­pris­ingly ra­zor thin. And be­ing IP67 cer­ti­fied, makes it wa­ter re­sis­tant.

The 5.5-inch 2k dis­play does a great job at colour re­pro­duc­tion. Gam­ing and video stream­ing on the curved edge-to-edge dis­play is a de­light. The Nokia 8 Sirocco runs An­droid One – the pure stock An­droid OS – which means there is no bloat­ware or cus­tom UI. Our re­view unit, run­ning An­droid 8.1.0, con­sumed only 13 GB of the 128 GB of in­ter­nal stor­age. The over­all per­for­mance of the Nokia 8 Sirocco was sat­is­fac­tory as the de­vice per­formed smoothly with mul­ti­ple apps and games run­ning in the back­ground. How­ever, de­spite be­ing priced at 49,990, it is pow­ered by Qual­comm 835 pro­ces­sor; whereas the new flag­ship breed packs in the Qual­comm Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor.

Sirocco’s Zeiss op­tics for the rear camera is worth men­tion­ing. The dual camera at the rear cap­tures live bokeh images – it worked smoothly when the fo­cus was on hu­mans, but on ob­jects, it strug­gled. It also needs a well-lit en­vi­ron­ment to cap­ture bokeh images. There is also an op­tion to edit the back­ground blur un­der the bokeh ed­i­tor set­ting in Google Pho­tos. It also of­fers the ‘bothie’ fea­ture that al­lows a user to cap­ture an im­age or video with both the front and rear camera in one frame. This fancy fea­ture may not be of much use un­less you are a YouTu­ber or Vlog­ger. One can also stream the bothie video live on YouTube or Face­book.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a per­fect blend of beauty and brain. De­spite its slim build, it packs in a 3,260 mAh bat­tery which lasts a day with av­er­age use. Us­ing the fast charg­ing fea­ture, 50 per cent bat­tery gets charged in just over 30 min­utes.

An­droid one pow­ered by Qual­comm Snap­dragon 835 pro­ces­sor Dual camera with Zeiss Op­tics Price 49,990 `

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