Nokia 8 Sirocco vs Apple iPhone X: first look

Nokia surely made an impression at Mobile World Congress this year, by getting itself into the flagship caliber game with its oh-so gorgeous looking Nokia 8 Sirocco. It's a stunner from a design and specs point of view, but can it conceivably be considered on the same pedestal as the Apple iPhone X?

Without question, these two smartphones feature exquisite premium designs. It's quite obvious that a lot of thought has gone into the way they look and feel, but we really need to give HMD Global credit for its first stab at designing a flagship level smartphone. Not only is it narrower and shorter, but it's further accentuated by its slick looking dual-curved edges.

Staring at the two displays, there's a lot to like about them. For the iPhone X, it's a 5.8-inch 1125 x 2436 Super Retina display. Meanwhile, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is flaunting a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 P-OLED displau. They're exquisitely detailed, offer wide viewing angles, and punchy colors. However, our initial impression here is that our eyes tend to favor the Nokia 8 Sirocco's display - there's just something about the way it reproduces colors that garners our attention!

Over in the camera department, there's no surprise that they employ the trendy dual camera configurations - wherein they're mainly used to capture portrait shots. Backgrounds are naturally dulled in the process, but it's really tough to discern right now if the Nokia 8 Sirocco can reach the same level of detail, sharpness, and vibrancy that the iPhone X is known to achieve time-after-time.

At the same time, too, that's the same question we have about the Sirocco's performance with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Sure, it's paired with a generous 6GB of RAM, but even though it's exhibiting some snappy tendencies from our quick comparison, who knows if it'll keep that same level of consistency months after it's first used. With Apple's pride and joy, its performance is unflinching!

Another key area where the Nokia 8 Sirocco has an advantage over the iPhone X is pricing. With an MSRP of 749 euros when it launches, that's still coming in lower than the iPhone X's starting cost of $1,000. Obviously, if the Sirocco performs just as good as the iPhone X in those key areas we mentioned, it'll undoubtedly solidify its stronger value.

Related phones

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)
iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

please compare the camera of Nokia sirocco with google pixel and s9 in detail.. thanx

2. jjface

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

Best phone of this year. Bring it to the US

3. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The Nokia 8 is incredibly compact, it is a very nice surprise from Nokia. That's how a flagship should be ! Not huge remote-control-like designs. I think Nokia has a lot more common sense than the other manufacturers, and their recent sales success is here to prove it.

4. hpspectrex360

Posts: 57; Member since: May 10, 2017

I don't understand why nearly every single Android smartphone has a bezel on the bottom, even if it's "bezel-less" on all other sides. Personally, I like Samsung's implementation though. If Apple can at least reduce the notch, that would be my #1 pick for design.

7. miazga

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 01, 2018

It's time for me to change my phone (iphone 7 plus) and I'm willing to give Nokia a shot. I'm fed up with constraints of iphones so after 5 years with Apple it's time to check how android has changed. Firstly, I want to say that I'm shocked how brainwashed are people nowadays. Snapdragon 835, 6 gigs of ram and stock android people consider not enough? I guess their experience is some shi.t like touchwiz. These three factors mean only one thing, this phone will 'fly'. It's also interesting from the point of view of what people use their phones for. Taking photos, videos, calls, facebook, instagram, spotify, some different apps and that's all... and yet thet claim snap 835, 6g ram and stock android is not enough... so pathetic. Coming back to my choice, at first I wanted to buy the Note 8 but for me the new aspect ratio 18:9 is a downside. All these phones look like remote controlers... To make better use of the S-pen, working surface of the screeen shoud definitely be wider (Note 7 was waaay better). I also don't like the image processing algorithms on sasmung's phone (oversharpened and unnatural with lack of details). I hope they improved them on the S9. Pixel 2 looks too generic, camera sensors on LG V30 are a joke, Sony's image processing is a nightmare, HTC U11 plus is a great phone but a little big too big. Being no interested in other brands, Nokia 8 Sirocco seems to be what i want: small factor, yet big 16:9 screen, top-notch camera, beautfiul design and pure android experience.The only thing to complain about is the lack of headphone jack :( that is why Nokia 7 plus is so great to consider: the same camera, huge 3800mah battery(+energy efficent processor), IPS display (no burn ins), 3.5mm jack and very good build quality. I believe that the market of midrangers will grow up substantially in the nearest future since there is no more innovation, just bigger numbers for even bigger prices. If Nokia 7 plus were smaller, I would definitely get off the 'high-end wagon'.

8. fyah_king unregistered

God, iOS icons are awful.

10. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

its noooookia not nokiiiiiia .darn it

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