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The Nokia 8 Sirocco (Android One) is a significantly better phone, but the Nokia 8 is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

Nokia 8  Nokia 8 Sirocco (Android One) 
Nokia 8 Nokia 8 Sirocco
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Value for Money Score
Price ₹ 25,999 onwards ₹ 47,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 Oreo, Expected upgrade to P Android 8.1 Oreo, Expected upgrade to P
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.3 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 554 pixels per inch) 1440x2560 pixels (~ 534 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass 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
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 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 (13MP + 13MP), F/2.0 Aperture, Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Carl Zeiss Optics, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), IR Range Finder, 1.12um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama 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 13.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, 78.4-degree Lens, Display Flash, 4K Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, 1.4µm Pixel Size, Full HD Video Rec.
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.5 mm
Weight 160 gm N/A
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3090 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); Nokia OZO Audio; Facebook and Youtube Live Streaming; Dual-Sight Mode; NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration 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]
  • Clean, no-nonsense, stylish design - it fits with what Nokia stands for
  • Build quality is top-notch too
  • Pocket-friendly size and footprint
  • Beautiful display - one of the best IPS LCDs available - 700+ nits of brightness, deep blacks, excellent contrast, and AMOLED-like sunlight legibility - it's even better than the iPhone 7/7Plus's which are the benchmark for IPS displays
  • Purists will enjoy the mostly stock Android UI (and the promise of regular updates)
  • The Snapdragon 835 offers chart-topping performance, doesn't get hot, and combined with a lightweight operating system - the Nokia 8 zips through any task you throw at it
  • The cameras on the Nokia 8 are pretty good too - they get almost everything right - the image quality from the rear dual camera setup is good, the specs are as relevant as they can get, and the extra features are trendy yet not over the top - color, monochrome, daylight, or nighttime
  • Usually good Portrait shots and Bokeh effects too - you can even adjust the effect's strength later on
  • The Dual-Sight shots are nice too, and an interesting add-on
  • The front camera is very good too, and among the best
  • Video recording performance is good too, especially the audio part which is class-leading - any concert recorded with the 8 will be as compelling on video as on the venue itself
  • With dual sight, you can also livestream on both cameras, which maybe a dream come true for many vloggers and avid social network users
  • Audio output quality via both headphone jack, and speakers is good too
  • Battery life is impressive too, and the phone will comfortably last the day even with heavy use
  • Fast-charging support
  • On the whole, the Nokia 8 is a revelation - HMD did the iconic brand justice by delivering on all promises - No rush to make up for the lost time - the Nokia 8 is methodical and confident, patient and prepared - and its packs a strong punch
  • 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]
  • Although its a solid all-rounder, the Nokia 8 lacks some cutting-edge features from high-end flagships in 2017 - like waterproofing or a bezel-less design
  • The cameras are good, but can sometimes be slow, and could also have been better in low light - Nokia 8's top competitor, the OnePlus 5 generally comes out a little ahead in the camera department
  • 4K videos could have been sharper and better stabilized
  • 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 Nokia 8 is a revelation....HMD did the iconic brand justice by delivering on all promises
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A decent all-rounder, the dual-camera Nokia 8 gets the job done
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Nokia 8 is a smartphone that would have been a worthy addition to the lineup of the Finnish company even in its heyday
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Impressive, but not perfect
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  18. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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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. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Buy it for the build, software and the brand value
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. 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 »
  11. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. phonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. bgr.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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