Our Opinion

The Nokia 8 Sirocco (Android One) is a slightly better phone, but the LG V30 Plus is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Nokia 8 Sirocco (Android One) might be a slightly better choice.

LG V30 Plus  Nokia 8 Sirocco (Android One) 
LG V30 Nokia 8 Sirocco
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Excellence Score
77.9
80.8
Value for Money Score
69.4
67.7
Price ₹ 38,999 onwards ₹ 44,488 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2017 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 P
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2880 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch) 1440x2560 pixels (~ 534 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features P-OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR10 Compliant, Always-on Display, FullVision Display P-OLED, 3D Curved Glass, Always-on display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.45 GHz 2.5 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 540
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 13MP), 16 MP: F/1.6 Aperture; 71-degree Wide-angle Lens, 13 MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 120-degree Wide-angle Lens, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), HDR, Panorama, Stereo Sound Rec., HDR Video Dual Camera (12MP + 13MP), 12MP: F/1.75 Aperture; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), 13MP: F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0µmPixel Size, Dual Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Carl Zeiss Optics, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A F/2.0 Aperture, 1.4µm Pixel Size, Full HD Video Rec.
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.4 mm 7.5 mm
Weight 158 gm N/A
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3260 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 495 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 22.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 Yes, Quick Charge 4.0 (50% in 30 minutes)
Other Battery Parameters N/A Music Playback Time: Up to 11 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Wireless Charging; Military Certified; DLNA; NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration; Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by B&O Play Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Wireless Charging (Qi); NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Nokia OZO Audio
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, streamlined, flagship-grade aluminium and glass design
  • Impressively light for what it has inside
  • Full IPX8 waterproofing
  • Beautiful large, edge-to-edge OLED screen - with vibrant colors and deep blacks - pretty close in quality to Samsung's top-notch Super AMOLEDs
  • LG's Android UI looks decent and works well, although it's not really the best - that position is taken by the likes of OnePlus, and Samsung
  • Speedy, top-end processor - delivers top-drawer performance similar to other Snapdragon 835 phones
  • Very good dual rear cameras - capable of taking some excellent photos - they're crisp, full of life, and comparable to the excellent Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
  • In the daytime, the LG's second wide-angle camera is a special treat, letting you capture more of your surroundings in every frame - you just can't get these types of wide-angle photos with any other phone camera
  • LG also offers a dizzying array of additional camera modes which you will found genuinely useful - this includes an excellent manual mode
  • Video recording is excellent too, with powerful video features - 4K and 1080p/30fps videos out of the primary camera are top-notch
  • Decent front-facing camera too, particularly its wide-angle mode
  • The best headphone jack on a phone period - LG V30's "quad-DAC" (digital-to-analog converter) isn't just a marketing gimmick - it actually works - when you plug in good quality headphones into this phone's 3.5mm jack, your music lights up, growing richer, fuller and warmer - a treat for audiophiles - this is the best smartphone for audio today
  • The loudspeaker is pretty good too
  • On the whole, the phone is a content creator's dream, with particular focus on videographers (who can shoot pro-style Log format video) and audiophiles
  • Excellent battery life - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use - similar in overall life to the excellent Galaxy S8 Plus
  • Supports wireless charging
  • Supports quick charging - promises 50 percent charge in 30 minutes
  • On the whole, the LG V30 is a fantastic phone that nearly does it all - and a rock-solid alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL - it is one of LG’s best in recent memory and as a result, it’s also one of 2017’s best smartphones
  • Eye-catching, unique design - it is hard to ignore how good the 8 Sirocco looks - gone is the metal unibody of its predecessor (Nokia 8), instead, you have a mix of stainless steel and strengthened Gorilla Glass 5
  • The 8 Sirocco is just 7.5mm at its thickest point, and tapers down to 2mm around the spines, which makes it look incredibly thin
  • Comfortable to hold and use
  • Waterproof design
  • Nice display - the slightly curved screen has thin bezels, which give the illusion of an edge-to-edge viewing experience - the screen is bright, with rich colours (viewing angles could have been better though)
  • Clean Android experience - this is the first Nokia flagship phone that is part of Google’s Android One initiative - much like the pure Android seen in phones earlier, this too is untouched by bloatware or third-party apps—the only tweak is the camera app, to better utilize the optical hardware - and of course the Android One line means that you will receive Android updates for a minimum of 2 years
  • Packs plenty of brute power with the Snapdragon 835 processor, and 6GB of RAM - it will sail through anything you throw at it, and the performance is comparable to other top-end flagship phones
  • Good set of dual rear cameras - the captured images are genuinely good in colour and detailing - bokeh images are pretty good too, and so is low light performance - on the whole, the camera, although not class-leading, is not that far behind the the top cameras on the Google Pixel 2 or the Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Decent front camera too - captures decently detailed selfies, especially during the day
  • Good battery life - will easily last an entire day with medium to heavy usage
  • Fast charging support - you can get a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes
  • Wireless charging support
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The front facing camera, and overall low-light photography (of both front and rear cameras), while decent, aren’t industry-leading
  • Wireless charging works fine - but it's not particularly fast. The V30 only supports standard 5-watt Qi charging and a newer 8-watt standard - not the 15-watt Fast Charge variant supported by Samsung and some competitors
  • The buttons have been designed to sit nearly flush with the phone so it’s not easy to tell the power and volume buttons apart without looking directly at them
  • No Dual SIM support
  • No 3.5mm jack - so your existing headphones won't work, and you will have to do with the bundled USB-C headphones
  • Stereo speakers are also missed here, and would have been nice to have, given the price bracket
  • On the whole, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is a good phone on its own and ticks all the right boxes, but faces some tough competition from the likes of the Google Pixel 2 and the HTC U11 at this price point, and the excellent value-for-money OnePlus 5T at an even lower price point - if aesthetics is on the top of your checklist when buying a phone, then this makes for a good candidate - but for mostly everything else, Google, HTC, or OnePlus offerings may be a better buy
Expert Reviews
  1. The V30 has turned out so remarkably well... it's got the most important boxes checked and we can see people running to the stores
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The LG V30 is a rock-solid alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL....If it fits your hands and your photographic needs, you won't be disappointed.
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. LG has cooked up one of its most impressive smartphones ever
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. You won’t regret buying it
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  1. The one thing that the Nokia 8 Sirocco nails though, is the marriage of high-quality materials and a compact form factor, which is hard to beat
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The sheer joy of using it can’t be beaten....we’ve enjoyed using the Nokia 8 Sirocco a whole lot more than many other smartphones over the last few months
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is one of most well-crafted Android phones we have come across
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Buy it for the build, software and the brand value
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Eye-catching design, a clean Android, and a camera that is better than expected—the 8 Sirocco ticks the checklist
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
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  16. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. bgr.com hands-on Read Review »
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  19. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. alphr.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  23. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  24. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
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  26. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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  28. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
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