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Nokia 8 Sirocco vs Nokia 8: An in-house competition

07 March 2018 5

HMD Global attended this year MWC with a number of Nokia branded smartphones. At this year show, the company announced the flagships Nokia 8 Sirocco, entry-level Nokia 1, Nokia 6 2018 for the global customers and the bezel-less Nokia 7 Plus. As expected the limelight of the show was the flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco. The Nokia 8 was announced last year as the only flagship smartphone of the year, now the company announced its successor Nokia 8 Sirocco.

Being a flagship smartphone the Nokia 8 Sirocco will have to face stiff competition from the other top-tier smartphones in the market. Before putting the device in competition with other flagships, today we will put Nokia 8 Sirocco in head-to-head competition with the predecessor Nokia 8. This comparison will certainly provide users a pretty good view of whether they should upgrade to the latest smartphone or stick with the last year Nokia 8.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco main aspects are top-notch build quality, top of the line hardware, awesome camera setup and decent price tag. Last but not the least the Nokia 8 Sirocco is an Android One smartphone. Let's find out how the latest Nokia 8 Sirocco is different from its predecessor Nokia 8. Starting with the design of both the devices.

72.97 x 140.93 x 7.5 mm
5.5 inches - 2560x1440 px
73.7 x 151.5 x 7.9 mm
5.3 inches - 2560x1440 px
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Finally HMD Global also entered the arena of flagships with glass and metal sandwich design with the Nokia 8 Sirocco. The glass is not only on front and rear but also on top and bottom. With the Nokia 8, HMD Global introduced a unibody aluminum design which is now ditched in favor of metal glass-clad design. The best thing is Nokia 8 Sirocco glass is protected with Gorilla Glass 5 which means it can withstand accidental drops despite having a fragile appearance.

Another positive aspect of the Nokia 8 Sirocco design is its slimmer and compact profile. The Nokia 8 dimensions are 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 mm whereas the latest Nokia 8 Sirocco measurements are 140.93 x 72.97 x 7.5 mm. The thinner design comes at a cost of 3.5mm headphone jack, the new Nokia 8 Sirocco lacks 3.5mm headphone jack which was available on the Nokia 8. Following the latest trend, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is company's first premium smartphone with reduced bezels from top and bottom, Still, they are not as reduced as the latest smartphones. The last year Nokia 8 comes with thick bezels design.

The fingerprint scanner on the Nokia 8 is below the display under the physical home button whereas in case of Nokia 8 Sirocco the scanner is below the dual camera setup. The capacitive navigation keys on the Nokia 8 are now replaced with on-screen keys. According to HMD, the Nokia 8 is built from a unibody stainless steel, they claim it is 2.5x times stronger than 600 series aluminum. Apple's 10th gen iPhone X was also featuring a stainless steel body to provide extra-strength.

As far as colors are a concern, the Nokia 8 was available in polished copper, matt blue, polished blue, and steel finish. The color options for the Nokia 8 Sirocco are still in dark. The Nokia 8 lacks any water and dust resistance capabilities whereas the Nokia 8 Sirocco is an IP67 certified device.


As far as display is a concern, the Nokia 8 is featuring a 5.3-inches display with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Due to thick bezels design, its overall footprint was larger than the Samsung's Galaxy S8 despite having a smaller display. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is bringing a 5.5-inches display panel with curved edges. The display panel on the Nokia 8 is LCD with Quad HD screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels.

On the other hand, the Sirocco is featuring a plastic OLED panel and the reason behind opted plastic over glass is it can be bent easily. The resolution remains Quad HD. The display panel of both the devices is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Surprisingly neither of the two supports HDR which is pretty much standard in latest flagships.


Both the devices are adorned with dual rear cameras with Bothies feature which allows the user to capture images using both front and rear cameras simultaneously. The Nokia 8 sports dual 13MP lenses, the primary snapper is RGB lens whereas the secondary sensor is monochrome. We already have seen such kind of setup on the Huawei smartphones. Both the sensors aperture size are f/2.0. The camera features phase detection autofocus. Up front, the selfie camera is 13MP with PDAF.

With the Nokia 8 Sirocco a new dual camera setup in introduced. The company adopted similar rear camera setup for the Nokia 7 Plus as well. The primary snapper is a 12MP normal module with f/1.7 aperture and 1.4µm pixels whereas the secondary sensor is a 13MP zoom lens. The camera App on both the devices is specially customized by Nokia with a number of features. The Nokia 8 Sirocco brings Pro mode which allows the user to set camera settings manually. Thanks to Zoom lens, now the device features 2x optical zoom. The selfie camera on the Nokia 8 sirocco is 5MP.


Surprisingly the Nokia 8 Sirocco isn't packed with the latest Qualcomm's chipset like the Galaxy S8, Xperia XZ2, and other flagships. Despite being the latest flagship it is powered up by the slightly older Snapdragon 835 SoC which was powering almost all flagships announced last year. The Snapdragon 835 is still one of the most powerful SoC in the market.

The Nokia 8 is also running on the Snapdragon 835 chipset with 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB whereas the Nokia 8 sirocco Octa-core SoC is accompanied with 6GB RAM and 128GB memory. The Adreno 540 is board GPU on both the devices. The built-in native storage is further expandable using MicroSD card.

The sheer power of both the devices is enough to cater your all HIFI multi-tasking tasks as well games. Due to a thin layer of custom UI both the devices are quite slick and don't lag at any stage. If you are looking for a powerful machine you can choose either as both the pretty good in handling tasks but having more RAM and storage is always a plus point.

Specs Nokia 8 sirocco Nokia 8
Display 5.5-inches 5.3-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels 1440 x 2560 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 835 Snapdragon 835
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 128GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 12MP+13MP Dual 13MP
Front camera 5MP 13MP
Battery 3,260mAh 3,090mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No Yes
OS Android Oreo Android Oreo 8.1


The battery cell on the Nokia 8 is a non-removable 3,090mAh cell. For connectivity, both the devices have USB Type-C ports. The Nokia 8 supports Quick Charge 3.0 which quickly recharges the device in no time. On a single charge, the device easily lasts one day on normal usage. The Nokia 8 sirocco lights are kept on by a 3,260mAh battery which is slightly beefier than the predecessor. The good thing is it supports Quick Charge 4.0 which means it will charge pretty fast even more quickly than the Nokia 8. Thanks to glass rear the Nokia 8 sirocco supports Qi wireless charging.


The Nokia 8 sirocco is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.0 straight out of the box. The Nokia 8 was announced with Android Nougat 7.1, recently the company rolled out the latest Android Oreo 8.1 flavor. So technically the Nokia 8 is on the next version of Android OS than Nokia 8 sirocco. At MWC, HMD global announced that all upcoming Nokia smartphones will be Android One devices including the latest Nokia 8 sirocco which means even faster updates with none bloatware.


As far as pricing is a concern the Nokia 8 sirocco will be released in April for the European region at 749 Euros which is £660 for the UK buyers at the current currency exchange rate. On the other hand, the Nokia 8 is now available for €599 in Europe and in the UK it cost £550. The Nokia 8 is widely available in most of the regions whereas the Nokia 8 sirocco will be initially available for the Europeans in April.


The Nokia 8 and the Nokia 8 sirocco features the same chipset with enough RAM and storage to cater your need. The Nokia 8 sirocco brings a new larger OLED display with curved edges, improved camera setup, a glossy premium design which looks more premium than the Nokia 8. There are few shortcomings like the Nokia 8's display looks pretty much like a Samsung branded smartphone with the dual curved display. Also, it lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Feel free to share your views in the comments section below regarding the Nokia 8 sirocco vs Nokia 8 in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons in coming days.

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