The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a conundrum. On the good side, it is strangely compelling. On the other it has 5.5-inch, older style 16:9, POLED display and last year’s Qualcomm 835 SoC.
You are either going to overlook the conundrum and just buy it because it’s a Nokia and looks good. Not that there is anything wrong with last year’s Qualcomm super chip nor the older style 16:9 ratio screen.
Or you are going to eschew it and look for the new 18:9 screen, Qualcomm 845 SoC smartphones for a similar price.
In the box
- Nokia 8 Sirocco – Australian model TA-1005 (care other models will not work on all Telstra bands)
- Fast charger
- USB-C to USB-A cable
- Semi-transparent hard plastic bumper protector case
- Standard USB-C earbuds/mic
The first impression is a smaller, more squat shape with curves – 3D rounded edges. I like the looks despite a very prominent earpiece speaker slot. It feels solid (177g) and fits well in your hand.
Technical Specs – Nokia 8 Sirocco
Apologies for putting this up front but it is important if you are comparing with other smartphones on specs.
|Screen||5.5-inch, QHD, 2560 x 1440, 534ppi, 16:9, POLED, AOD, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back. 81.1% S-T-B-R, Curved edges|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835, (4×2.5 GHz Kryo & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo)|
|RAM||RAM/Storage: 6GB LPPDDR4X|
128GB USF 2.1 (113GB usable); OTG (no microSD slot)
Google Cloud unlimited photo storage
|Rear Camera 1||12 MP standard ((f/1.75, 1.4µm) Dual pixel phase detection auto-focus, Dual LED flash, HDR, face detection, OIS (see later), Zeiss lens, 2160 recording|
|Rear Camera 2||13 MP telephoto (f/2.6, 1.0µm), 2x optical zoom, Zeiss lens|
|Front Camera 1||5 MP (f/2.0, 1.4µm, 84°), 1080p recording|
|Comms||Wi-Fi AC, dual-band, MIMO Wi-Di,|
USB 3.1 (Gen 1 5Gb/s)
|Sound||Single earpiece speaker and smart amp|
24-bit/192kHz audio DAC
Nokia OZO audio with three mics (one dedicated to ANC) – ability to record up to 132dB.
USB-C to 3.5mm adapter (no 3.5mm audio jack)
|IP Rating||IP67 (1m water for 30 minutes), stainless steel frame|
|Other||Fingerprint sensor on the rear|
Does not support MHL video output over USB-C
Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 supplied, 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A. 50% in 30 minutes, full charge in 90 minutes
Qi wireless charge (Qi Charge pad required)
Endurance rating 77 hours.
|LTE||Cat 12/13 600/150; supports VoLTE|
|Dimensions||140.93 x 72.97 x 7.5 mm x 177|
|OS||Android One 9.x (pure Android monthly updates for the first two years and quarterly in year three)|
|Missing||3.5mm audio jack but USB-C to 3.5mm adapter provided|
No message status LED
No microSD slot
|Price||$1199 from JB Hi-Fi|
|Website||Australian website here|
Screen – 5.5-inch POLED
POLED is plastic OLED. It uses plastic instead of glass as the base layer. It is used by Google Pixel 2 XL and LG V30+ – the screen is made by LG. Simply it means the screens are about half the thickness of glass. In theory, they should be more flexible and resistant to pressure. The top layer is Gorilla Glass 5.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco uses a Pentile matrix – twice as many green pixels as red and blue ones.
Brightness is 400nits, black is 0 nits, and contrast is infinite. It is very similar in specs to the Galaxy S9.
Colours are vibrant and not adjustable. It has a blueish tint and is not quite as good at off-angle viewing.
In bright sunlight it is behind the S9 in readability – it is still in front of the best IPS LCD screens out there.
I like the Always on Display (AOD) that can show time, missed calls etc. It can be always on, glance activated or by picking up the phone.
The side edges are curved, and that can cause typing issues – I often found that the onscreen keyboard was not as responsive at the edge.
But given the QHD resolution, I challenge anyone to say its anything other than a nice display.
On paper, this should be a great camera
Standard lens – large 12MP sensor, 1.4µm pixels and a f/1.75 aperture should be amazing in low light.
The second telephoto is a 13MP with 1.0µm pixels and a f/2.6 lens. It provides the 2x optical zoom and bokeh effects (out of focus backgrounds).