Nokia 8 Sirocco: the Flagship with Curved Screen and lenses ZEISS

Nokia 8 Sirocco: the Flagship with Curved Screen and lenses ZEISS

HMD Global Oy took advantage of MWC18 to launch a redesigned version of Nokia 8, rescuing the iconic Sirocco brand to reinforce its design concern. The device brings some points in common with the model launched in 2017, such as the presence of Snapdragon 835 chipset and dual camera module, but this time received a complete set.

Of course, has taken advantage of its massive presence at the fair to see the new Finnish flagship up close, so that it can confirm that it does deliver such a stunning design as Nokia says. In addition, we have made our known previous comparison of cameras involving other flagships, but this is subject to another publication.

Design and screen

On the face of it we see the big difference of the Nokia 8 Sirocco in front of the competitors: its curved screen for both sides. Here we have something similar to the standard used by Samsung, especially in its first models of the Edge line, which helps to compose the visual and still aid in better ergonomics.

In addition, in the back we have two cameras with ZEISS lenses of 12 megapixels each, the first with aperture f / 1.75 and the second with telephoto lenses and aperture f / 2.6 to approach twice. Just below is the fingerprint reader, which at first was intuitive and well positioned, and next to it are the LEDs for flash.

On the right side are the volume and power buttons, unfortunately with the notable absence of a button dedicated to the camera, while the left side is completely empty. At the bottom we have the USB port, the sound output and a microphone, while on the upper side is the hybrid drawer for two nanoSIM chips or a chip and a microSD card.

Overall, we have a pretty model, with a metal body with both the front and the back covered by curved glass on the sides, creating the feeling of being embraced by glass. On the front, it is worth noting that we have a good use of screen, even though we have the ratio 16: 9 in the display it has few edges up and down.

Hardware and Software

Nokia 8 Sirocco: the Flagship with Curved Screen and lenses ZEISS

The Nokia 8 Sirocco brings technical specifications similar to the model launched in 2017, seeking to offer a complete set of design and differentials without increasing as much the price for the end user. Still, we have something more than enough to provide fluid performance for a few years, especially if we remember that the model comes as a member of the Android One project.

In general, we have:

  • 5.5-inch P-OLED screen with Quad HD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels)
  • Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core clocked at 2.45 GHz
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 128 GB of space for internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • Dual 12 MP (f / 1.75, OIS) + 12 MP (f / 2.6) Dual Master Camera with ZEISS lenses and two-fold approach
  • 5-megapixel front camera with f / 2.0 aperture
  • Fingerprint reader
  • IP67 certification against water and dust damage
  • Dimensions of 140.9 x 73 x 7.5 mm
  • 3,260 mAh battery
  • Operating system Android 8.1.0 Oreo under program Android One

With respect to the software, we have the Android 8.1 Oreo running factory, Nokia 8 Sirocco being the most powerful model here to participate in the project Android One. Because of this, the interface is extremely similar to the Pixel line, however, are included some important changes, such as the new camera app that refers to the renowned Lumia Camera, including professional mode with the intuitive interface, OZO audio for surround sound capture, and more.

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Nokia 8 Sirocco: the Flagship with Curved Screen and lenses ZEISS

As said, Nokia continues to rely heavily on cameras, this being a point by which branded devices have always been recognized over the years. Here we have the continuity of the partnership with the ZEISS lens manufacturer for the use of a double module, where the first one delivers images with a more open field and the second allows two-way approximation, thus creating the zoom effect without loss of quality.

The big news, however, is for the reformulation made in the camera application in relation to the other models with Android released until then by the company, resuming the path adopted in the era of Nokia Lumia with a very intuitive and well designed professional mode, in addition to other features such as dual-shot mode (for front and rear camera capture simultaneously) and selective blur mode (also known as portrait mode).

Price and availability

The Nokia 8 Sirocco will hit stores in Europe next month in April under the suggested price of 749 euros (or something close to $ 2,979 excluding taxes). Unfortunately, there is still no prediction regarding its availability on Brazilian soil, and it has been commented that the United States will not receive the device in 2018, which may indicate a change in the target audience of HMD Global Oy.

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