We tested the Nokia 8 a few months ago and we were a bit let down by its camera, but pretty fine with the design. A revamped Nokia 8 Sirocco came out in Spring and we now have it for testing purposes. The Sirocco brand has been dead for over a decade, but it’s back for yet another fashion phone. It’s priced at around $700 or $800 and it’s unboxed below.
The phone is based on Android One, which means it’s going to get updated to Android Pie pretty fast. Inside its box we find the charger, USB Type-C cable and headphones with an USB Type-C connector. There’s also a SIM key, a case, manual and an USB Type-C to 3.5 mm adapter. You know what that means, right? It means there’s no audio jack here, of course. This is one edgey phone, with curved glass upfront, curved glass at the back and a pretty sharp metal frame digging into your palm. Good for grip, but pretty uncomfortable.
This phone measures just 7.5 mm in thickness and weighs 177 grams. It has an incredibly small footprint, compared to 99% of flagships this year. It’s really, really tiny. The screen size has actually increased from the 5.3 inches of the Nokia 8 to a P-OLED panel with a 5.5 inch diagonal and Quad HD resolution. The CPU stays the same, a Snapdragon 835 and we also get 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, but no microSD card slot.
The phone is dust and water resistant within the IP67 standard. At the back side there’s a dual camera, with a combo of 12 MP + 13 MP, compared to the Nokia 8’s 13 MP + 13 MP. The second camera here is the 13 MP one, which offers 2X Optical zoom. There’s still Zeiss optics, a dual LED flash and a front 5 MP camera, quite the downgrade from the 13 MP 4K capturing shooter of the Nokia 8.
Nokia OZO is still here, via 3 microphones, that are probably kickass during concerts. The battery is a 3260 mAh unit, with fast charge and wireless charging too. Android 8.1 Oreo is the OS and we also have a fingerprint scanner at the back side. The phone just comes in black, no gold or other crazy hue. It’s a pretty original phone, but it’s starting to feel dated, specs-wise.
We’ll be back with a full review soon, but in the meantime you can get the phone here.