Nokia is back, and this time it's tapping into the high-end smartphone market. The latest release, the Nokia 8 Sirocco, will stir up a sense of nostalgia for long-time Nokia fans with the name harking back to a handset from yesteryear: the Nokia 8800 Sirocco.
Apart from the name, however, there's nothing retro about this release. Pushing the boundaries and offering features to rival some of the most premium devices currently available, it's sure to be a huge hit. Let's take a look at what's on offer.
Nokia 8 Sirocco Design
As soon as you glance at the Nokia 8 Sirocco, you can tell it's been designed to impress.
Slim, compact and strikingly elegant, the device has been crafted from a solid piece of stainless steel, then covered on all sides with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Not only does it look effortlessly stylish, the device is durable too, particularly thanks to its IP67 dust and water-resistant rating.
Available in black, the Nokia 8 Sirocco measures 5.55 x 2.87 x 0.30 inches. Slightly wider than most, the 16:9 ratio means the handset is perfectly sized for viewing your favourite shows on Netflix while remaining thin enough to discreetly slot into your pocket.
Nokia 8 Sirocco Display and Audio
A premium smartphone deserves a fantastic screen, and that's just what you'll get with the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Measuring 5.5 inches, the display uses QHD pOLED technology and has a 1440 x 2560 resolution. In other words, you can expect a crystal clear, defined screen with impressive colour both indoors and outdoors.
When it comes to sound, Nokia hasn’t held back. Three integrated microphones have been added with 24-bit audio, and you can record seriously loud sounds of 132 decibels. There's no need to worry about things sounding distorted as the volume turns up either, which is perfect if you love being at the front row of a festival.
Nokia 8 Sirocco Camera
Last but not least, the Nokia 8 Sirocco's camera. Using ZEISS optics, the wide-angle, dual rear camera promises to deliver incredible snaps every single time. With a 12MP sensor and a 13MP telephoto lens, you can mimic a Bokeh effect with ease. Switching on Live Bokeh mode provides even more control, once enabled you can adjust the level of background blur easily before you even take a photo. Combined with a 2x optical zoom, every detail will be captured.
Pro Camera mode is sure to be loved by photography. Manually adjust settings like white balance, focus, ISO, and shutter speed, and tweak until satisfied.
It doesn't matter if you're prone to taking selfies or prefer to make video calls, the Nokia 8 Sirocco's 5MP front-facing camera will easily get the job done.
Nokia 8 Sirocco Power
Thanks to that all-glass back, the Nokia 8 Sirocco offers speedy wireless charging. Its 3260mAh battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes, and promises up to 22 hours of talk time with 3G.
The inside of the Nokia 8 Sirocco is just as impressive as the outside. You'll find Android Oreo on board, a huge 6GB RAM to keep things running smoothly, 128GB of internal storage and an octa-core processor, which is the fastest to be found on a Nokia yet.
Multitasking will never be a problem, and playing graphics-heavy games or streaming movies on Netflix promises to be a breeze.
Dubbed Android at its best, Android One provides the Google experience to non-Google phones, like the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Alongside a streamlined, responsive and attractive interface designed by Google, you'll also find some of the tech giant's most sought-after features. Not only is Google Assistant pre-installed, you'll also benefit from unlimited free photo storage thanks to Google Photos - ideal for taking advantage of the Nokia 8 Sirocco's amazing shooter.
Even better, Android One smartphones are among the first to get software and security updates. You'll get them the second Google releases them - no need for waiting around.