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.

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8 Sirocco
  • Display 5.5 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3260 mAh
  • OS Android 10
iPhone X

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User Score:

  • Display 5.8 inches 2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x


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