Nokia 8 Sirocco hands-on

When you think about premium looking phones, devices from Samsung, LG, Apple, and Sony generally come to mind. You wouldn’t think Nokia, especially in this day and age, to offer something equally as compelling in the premium market as those aforementioned players. Shockingly enough, they managed to take everyone at MWC 2018 by surprise with the announcement of its Nokia 8 Sirocco!


Without question, we're smitten by the design of this phone. It's premium in nearly every facet! From its solid construction fashioned from a single block of stainless steel, to the slick curved edges made popular by Samsung's recent flagships, and that stylish 3D glass meets metal build, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is just a sight to behold. Given HMD's reputation and prior offerings, this is truly a surprise of monster proportions. For its first stab at a serious flagship contender, they've managed to hit it out of the park – abundant premium qualities all packaged into one svelte frame! Best of all, too, it features an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance.


It doesn't end with the design, as those same premium qualities make their way to its display – a 5.5-inch 2K pOLED panel with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 layered on top. As expected, it delivers outstanding viewing angles, clarity, and punchy colors. Even in the condition we were checking it out at HMD's press event, the display managed to capture our attention. And it helps, too, that its subtle curved edges accentuate its stylish demeanor.

User Interface

Sure to please the masses, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is running the new Android One experience, providing all of the Google essentials at your fingertips. It brings all of the AI-powered innovations and security with Google's services, plus, there are no distractions in the form of bloatware or heavily customized skins. Everything that you love about Google's ecosystem is there at your disposal!

While the overall package of the Nokia 8 Sirocco appears to compete on the same platform as some of today's flagships, it's not leveraging Qualcomm's latest processor. Instead, it's the Snapdragon 835 that's in play here. But don't let this minor thing lower your expectations, seeing that it's still quite formidable, even more when it's paired with a generous 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage with microSD card support.


Armed with a Zeiss-branded dual camera setup that combines a regular 12MP shooter with a 13MP telephoto lens. Much like other phones that utilize this configuration, you essentially get a live bokeh mode that allows you to snap up some sharp photos – with backgrounds blown out for a stronger effect. We also appreciate the Pro mode that's available too, which allows for manual controls. We tried snapping up some photos with our brief time with the phone, but it's tough to determine if its quality can really compete against some of the notables in the space.


You wouldn’t believe it by just looking at its skinny profile, but HMD is somehow able to stuff a generous 3260 mAh body into its frame. Paired with the Android One experience, its pOLED display, and the optimizations come with the Snapdragon 835, we're crossing our fingers that it can achieve equal longevity to its peers. And yes, the Nokia 8 Sirocco also supports fast charging and Qi wireless charging!


After a strong 2017, HMD isn't wasting any time when it comes to making ground in the market. With the Nokia 8 Sirocco, they're making a bold statement that they're going to be an aggressive player in the space! Priced at €749 when it launches in early April, it's positioned less than the ultra-premium and flagship models that are around. However, it's unlikely to be sold in the US any time soon, which hinders its potential reach as being a true market shaker. But hey, if all goes well with its launch in key markets overseas, we might see HMD make an even more aggressive push into the US market later in the year!

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8 Sirocco
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3260 mAh(22h talk time)



1. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

No sd845 = fail

3. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 692; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Right, because I'm sure you would notice the difference in day-to-day usage. /s

8. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

The problem is that the price is really high, ppl that are willing to pay that much expect the phone to have the latest processor. If they lowered the price then it would be a great phone

12. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Beautiful phone, but I have to agree with @androiduser. I personally wouldn't see a problem with performance or anything, but when you consider that it's being released amongst other competitors, someone willing to pay that price would really way the cost of what's the best value of feature and spec set. If I'm paying that amount and can get another smartphone with the same or similar features for that price, or a bit higher with the latest Snapdragon processor, I'd be more inclined to get the other device.

9. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Its great that it has a 16:9 aspect ratio tho.. seems like all flagships have the new aspect ratio except this one

4. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

Who r u?? A performance troll? Most people like u cry blah.. blah.. blah... But end up using nothing more than social media apps.

6. Sleeplessmedal

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 02, 2018

Get your head straight kid

11. mahima

Posts: 729; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Snapdragon 845 Xperia xz2 is still a bigger failure

13. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

You are right. Because all the things that can be done by your favorite SD845 can not be done by last year's SD835. LOLs! Besides maybe you need SD845 for bragging.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Did you look in the mirror today?

19. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Do you realize that this phone is smaller than a Galaxy S7 and smaller than a bezel-less Essential phone, while having a 5.5 16:9 screen and a 3260mAh battery ? This will be a hit...provided someone will make a good screen protector for it.

2. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Why I feel like real show stealer of MWC's are Nokia 7plus & 8 Sirocco. Though they aren't much fighting with big boys in terms of perormance & all but the way Nokia phones is offering things like stock Android experience with Android One program it actually justifies the price.

5. Happa

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 23, 2018

Considering android one..6gb ram and memory i don't think that snapdragon 835 will be a failure..regarding the performance of the phone..

7. Sleeplessmedal

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 02, 2018

s9 hype has fallen because of this. I mean look at this beautiful piece of work. Good job HMD

10. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Sirocco I hope gets US release. Can't wait to see the upcoming Nokia 9.

14. dazed1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Good luck selling it for anything more then 450$

15. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

So somebody finally thought applying small bezels to 16:9 screens. It's about the same size with iPhone X and people actually can enjoy an actually big screen with the Sirocco. The X has "revolutionary" dual PCB and L shaped dual battery for maximizing the battery capacity and this Nokia has still 20% more battery capacity. On the other hand this phone has 2 issue IMO. First one is LG made OLED screen, and the second one such a high price for one year old SoC. It didn't work well for LG G6 past year, and it probably will be very similar for the Sirocco.

16. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I agree, if they are gonna use last years processor they need to lower their price.

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