Our Opinion

The Nokia 8 Sirocco (Android One) is a slightly better phone, but the OnePlus 6 (6GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Nokia 8 Sirocco (Android One)  OnePlus 6 (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
Nokia 8 Sirocco OnePlus 6
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Excellence Score
80.8
80.3
Value for Money Score
67.7
84.4
Price ₹ 44,488 onwards ₹ 34,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 P Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 6.28 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 534 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features P-OLED, 3D Curved Glass, Always-on display Optic AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.5 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 630
RAM 6 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 12.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 Dual Camera (16MP + 20MP), 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX 519 Sensor; 1.22 µm Pixel Size; 1/2.6" Sensor Size; Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS); Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), 20MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX 376K Sensor; 1.0µm Pixel Size; 1/2.8" Sensor Size; Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Super Slow Motion (1080p @ 240fps; 720p @ 480fps), Time-Lapse, Portrait Mode, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ, Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.4µm Pixel Size, Full HD Video Rec. Screen Flash, F/2.0 Aperture, Sony IMX371 Sensor, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Full HD Video Rec., Time-Lapse, Portrait Mode, HDR, Smile Capture, Face Beauty
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.5 mm 7.75 mm
Weight N/A 177 gm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh 3300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 495 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 22.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 4.0 (50% in 30 minutes) Yes, Dash Charge
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: Up to 11 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 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 Face Unlock; Gestures and on-screen navigation support; Alert Slider; DLNA; NFC; USB Type-C; MIMO; Dual-band WiFi; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • The best looking OnePlus phone to date - has a polished refined design, with a glass rear panel, and three distinct (and beautiful) color options (plus the Marvel Avengers edition)
  • Excellent build quality
  • The phone is comfortable to hold, thanks to the curved glass rear
  • Face unlock works great in most conditions, and unlocks the phone in a fraction of a second (except in low light or under very bright sunlight)
  • There is also of course the fingerprint sensor at the back, if you wish to use that instead, and it works great too
  • OnePlus's excellent alert slider is there too (it has now moved to the right side of the phone) - and is now more simplified toggling between 3 simple states - ring, vibrate and silent, with a pop-up that tells you instantly which mode you are switching to every time
  • Excellent display - catches on to the modern 'notch' trend, with a tall screen ratio - the AMOLED screen is vivid, with punchy colours and great viewing angles - videos looks great, and you can also set your own custom colour temperature if you prefer
  • OxygenOS continues to be a huge differentiator for OnePlus - it strikes a great balance between keeping the base UI identical to stock Android but still adding a number of useful additions - like shortcuts, a dark theme, a scrolling screenshot capture tool, and controls for giving the on-screen buttons additional functions, night and reading modes, a choice of system fonts, and configurable colours for the notification LED - all in all, its a great software experience, that ticks the right boxes
  • Another interesting add-on is an optional gesture scheme that lets you get rid of the Android navigation buttons altogether, and gives you a full gesture based navigation scheme like the iPhone X - thus giving you even more screen space to play with - the gestures do take some time to get a hang of, but once you do, they will become second nature
  • There's also a Gaming Mode that not only suppresses non-essential notifications, but can also limit background apps' Internet usage, which can make a difference in online games - you can even route calls directly to the loudspeaker so you don't have to stop playing
  • Top-notch, breathtaking performance, backed by the latest flagship processor from Snapdragon, the Snapdragon 845 - the SoC has eight Kryo 385 cores, integrated Adreno 630 graphics, improved security and image processing subsystems, a faster LTE modem, and even hardware dedicated to AI processing - all of this means the performance is top-bracket, matching (or beating) the Galaxy S9/Plus in benchmark scores
  • Good set of dual rear cameras, significantly improved from the OnePlus 5T - especially in terms of portrait mode photos, low light performance, and video recording (including a new super-slow motion mode)
  • The rear cameras now also come with OIS
  • Decent (though not great) front camera, pretty similar to the OnePlus 5T - a software bokeh mode for the front camera is also there
  • Decent loudspeaker (pretty loud) - although it tends to get blocked when you hold the phone in landscape mode
  • Good (but not exceptional) battery life - will comfortably last the day with moderate to heavy use
  • Fast charging support, still one of the best in the business - the Dash Charger takes the phone up from zero to just over 50 percent in half an hour, and gives you a full charge in around an hour and a half
  • On the whole, the OnePlus 6 is good-looking, well crafted, extremely powerful - it is also a solid upgrade to the OnePlus 5T in almost all the departments such as display, performance, design and camera - and ultimately the OnePlus 6’s bang for buck is still about the best you can get in the smartphone world
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • A little slippery because of the glass
  • Will also tend to pick up smudges very quickly
  • It's not the easiest to reach all corners of the newly enlarged screen - people who prefer more compact phones might have preferred a smaller-screen option for themselves
  • At 177g, the phone is a bit on the the heavier side too
  • While OnePlus does claim that the phone has water-resistance, it's not IP rating certified, which likely means that the protection is quite basic
  • The rear and front cameras are good, but not really up to the high benchmarks set by the likes of the iPhone X, the Galaxy S9, or the Pixel 2 - this continues to be the only one significant area, where you will be making a compromise over the best flagship smartphones, when you buy a OnePlus device (of course admittedly for a much lower price)
Expert Reviews
  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 »
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  1. Unbeatable value
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. OnePlus 6 is a beautiful phone that feels fast and that you will simply enjoy using day in and day out. And the reasonable price? Well, that’s the icing on the cake!
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The OnePlus 6 is blazing fast, shoots amazing portrait mode photos, has a polished refined design and costs much less than other flagship phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The OnePlus 6 has hit most of the sweet spots: This is a uniquely gorgeous device with intuitive features, as well as solid battery life and a great camera
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. There’s certainly a lot to like here — attractive design, great display, reliable battery life, fast performance, and great software — and there aren’t any silly, trend-chasing things
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. This is a phone you can show off quite proudly
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A solid upgrade to the OnePlus 5T in almost all the departments such as display, performance, design and camera
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The OnePlus 6 is built for speed from the ground up
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Here’s a flagship device that gets it right on practically every count
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The OnePlus 6 exceeds expectations in so many ways we can now rightfully call it a flagship killer
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. An absolute steal...It’s the best-value phone you can buy right now
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. OnePlus’ finest is still punching above its weight
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
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