Earlier this year at MWC 2018, HMD Global announced a bunch of Nokia phones, including the flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco. The smartphone comes with everything you would want in a flagship device – rear dual cameras, curved edge display like the Samsung Galaxy S-series, front and back glass design, stock Android and more. Launched for Rs 49,999, HMD Global recently gave a good Rs 13,000 price cut to the Nokia 8 Sirocco, and it is now available for Rs 36,999.
There is no doubt, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is the best looking premium smartphone from HMD Global. The stainless steel frame and the glass back with curved edges makes it a better looking device in its price point. But then, you do have the likes of OnePlus 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 to choose from. So how do you decide which smartphone to buy? Let’s look at the pros and cons of the smartphone.
Watch: Nokia 8 Sirocco First Look
Despite the modern design, the Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with a 5.5-inch QHD display. It is an OLED panel that offer punchy color reproduction. We have reviewed the device, and we loved the display. With traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, it does have thick bezels along the top and bottom. Other smartphones in the price range come with taller displays featuring modern 18:9 or 19.5:9 aspect ratios with a notch at top.
Moving on, the smartphone is powered by last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, whereas other options in the price range, such as the Zenfone 5Z and OnePlus 6 come with the latest Snapdragon 845 SoC. Considering it’s a two-year old chipset, it makes more sense to go for a smartphone with the latest hardware. The Nokia 8 Sirocco also comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB onboard storage, something that other phones do as well.
Next, we talk about cameras, one of the most important aspects of today’s smartphones. The Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with dual cameras at the back – one is a 12-megapixel primary sensor with wide angle lens whereas the other is a 13-megapixel sensor with telephoto lens. The cameras come with Carl ZIESS optics, but then photos didn’t look impressive when we reviewed the smartphone. The cameras would struggle to capture details, and as a result of which the photos weren’t sharp enough. We have also reviewed the Galaxy S8, OnePlus 6 and Zenfone 5Z and were impressed with their cameras.
Lastly, let’s talk about software updates. OnePlus has a custom skin but it is fast in delivering updates and upgrades. Asus has been delivering security updates, but there is no word on Android Pie upgrade, and the same goes with Samsung too. But Nokia with stock Android has been known to deliver timely updates. The company has also promised that the Nokia 8 Sirocco will be upgraded to Android 9 Pie and Android Q updates, making it futureproof.
Should you buy the Nokia 8 Sirocco?
Now that’s a little difficult question to answer, and your personal preferences will come into play. The Nokia 8 Sirocco has a premium design, a dated, but flagship chipset, and stock Android with timely updates going in its favor. However, the camera performance was a little disappointing as per our review. Not that it is bad, but considering ZEISS optics and all, one would surely expect better output.
Next, you have the OnePlus 6 (starts at Rs 34,999) which comes with front and back glass design, top of the line chipset, and good cameras. The company has also rolled out the latest Android Pie upgrade, faster than other manufacturers out there. And with the OnePlus 6T launching next week, and price expected under Rs 38,000, it could be worth waiting for the same.
Then there is Galaxy S8 (Rs 32,999) which comes with an Exynos 8890 SoC which is a Snapdragon 835 equivalent. The smartphone comes with a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It comes with one of the best cameras on a smartphone, water and dust resistance features, fast charging and wireless fast charging capabilities among others.
To sum up, if you want a smartphone with latest hardware under Rs 40,000, the Zenfone 5Z, OnePlus 6, or even the Poco F1 could be good options. If you want a more premium device, the Galaxy S8 holds a good value for money proposition now. But if you’ve been a Nokia fan and have been looking for the best from the company yet, buying the Nokia 8 Sirocco could be a good option.