Nokia’s 2018 flagship is the strongest indication that the brand we once loved is truly back
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia unveiled three devices that ride on the Android One Platform. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is the one that caught our attention. Back in 2005, Nokia launched the Sirocco 8800 a phone clad in stainless steel. We give you five reasons why the 2018 Sirocco deserves your attention.
Slinky slab of glass: if there’s one reason we love the Nokia 8 Sirocco it’s the device’s design aesthetic. It’s all glass except for the stainless steel frame and it feels really good in your hand. The glass back makes it slippery – you might need a back case, and the power and volume buttons almost get lost in the stainless steel spine. The immersive display knocks off the bezels with an impressive 81.1% screen: body ratio.
The pOLED display: the colours are vivacious and have depth. The 5.5-inch display (1440 x 2560 pixels / 534 PPI) might not boast of an 18:9 aspect ratio but it’s not something you will notice.
Android One: Nokia’s trio of 2018 devices that we first spotted at MWC are all part fo the Android One Platform. These devices are first in line for OS updates and security patches. It also means that the Sirocco feels like a stock Android device, akin to a Google Pixel. No bloatware, no Apps you don’t need; just pure play Android. We enjoyed interacting with the device, especially the clutter-free Pro-mode on the camera.
Carl Zeiss optics: we’re still undecided on the dual cam (12MP + 12MP). It is enhanced by Carl Zeiss optics, that wasan integral theme in some of the brand’s most legendary camera phones like the Lumia 1020 and yet it doesn’t quite shine in lowlight. We like the whole bunch of options – from optical zoom to the live bokeh, images were quite sharp in ambient light.
Seamless hardware and UI blend: at the heart of the Sirocco is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. 2018’s pricier devices have moved up to the newer Snapdragon 845 processor but this is not a deal breaker. The device didn’t stutter through all our malt-tasking and gaming tests.
So, does the Nokia 8 Sirocco justly its Rs 49,999 price tag? There’s a lot to love about this device – the form factor certainly figures high on our list. This is certainly an elegant device that will get those second looks. Nokia has its task cut out in a price band where consumers have quite a few options. The Sirocco’s campaign – ‘Ordinary life deserves an extraordinary phone’ is mighty clever and should generate the buzz this phone will need.