Our Opinion

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a slightly better phone than the Google Pixel 2 64GB, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 8 Sirocco!

Google Pixel 2 64GB  Nokia 8 Sirocco 
Google Pixel 2 Nokia 8 Sirocco
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Excellence Score
74.2
76.4
Value for Money Score
63.1
65.4
Price ₹ 41,404 onwards ₹ 41,677 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 PieAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 441 pixels per inch) 1440x2560 pixels (~ 534 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, Always-on Display P-OLED, 3D Curved Glass, Always-on display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.35 GHz 2.5 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
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
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12.2MP 12MP + 13MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.8 Aperture, 1.4um Pixel Size, 1/2.6" Sensor Size, Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Portrait Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama 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 8.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features 1.4um Pixel Size, F/2.4 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording, Portrait Mode 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
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM
Thickness 7.8 mm 7.5 mm
Weight 143 gm N/A
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins) Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 2700 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 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 (7 hrs of charge in 15 min); Active Edge; 2 yrs Worldwide Warranty; DLNA; NFC; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Google Lens; Unlimited Online Storage for Photos and Videos Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Wireless Charging (Qi); NFC; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Nokia OZO Audio
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Attractive looking (and unique) design, and an excellent, premium, aluminium build
  • Great hand feel
  • Fully water-resistant body
  • The fingerprint sensor is both fast and accurate
  • Pretty compact design - this is the Pixel to get if you either have smaller hands, or value portability over a large display
  • Good display - bright and sharp (though not quite as rich as a best-in-class screens on Samsung's flagships)
  • Thankfully, doesn't have the 'blue-tint' display issue of it's bigger cousin - the Pixel 2 XL
  • This is Google's Android software, as it is meant to be - simple, clean, easy to understand - with a few handy add-ons like the Pixel Launcher, automatic offline music detection, and Always On lock screen
  • Google also borrows from the HTC U11's pressure-sensitive sides - you can squeeze the phone to open Google Assistant and tell it what to do
  • Another interesting and useful add-on is the Google Lens, built into the camera's photo app, which calls up a trove of information on objects like a landmark or a piece of art
  • The camera is also optimized and calibrated to support AR and comes with AR stickers - they work like regular photo stickers you add to your photos and video, but they're 3D elements and characters that move around and interact in real-life environments
  • Top-end performance backed by the best-in-class Snapdragon 835 - the phone is consistently fast no matter what you throw at it - and matches other top-end flagships in benchmark tests
  • More than anything else, the Pixel 2 is about its absolutely brilliant camera - which is arguably the best overall camera on any smartphone right now - even beating the likes of the iPhone 8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8 (although not by a lot)
  • The best way to put it is that camera simply works, no matter what the conditions
  • It can handle all sorts of tricky environments like low light, shadows and brightly lit backgrounds - Google's HDR+ continues to beat the pants off of everyone else
  • And the addition of OIS helps take the camera up another notch from last year's Pixels
  • Even bokeh shots are managed rather well, and without any fuss (even without using a dual camera setup like other phones - purely using Google's excellent software algorithms)
  • All in all, this is a truly impressive camera, and a milestone in how far we have come with mobile photography
  • The front camera is pretty great too - and can also take bokeh-style shots like the rear camera - something thats only offered by a handful of phones right now
  • The presence of OIS takes up video quality a notch higher too - you will be impressed by how smooth and natural-looking the stabilization is
  • Other features like Motion Photos (similar to the iPhone's Live Photos) add to the fun too
  • Good audio quality via headphones
  • Good set of dual front-facing speakers
  • The battery life is solid - will comfortably last the day with moderate use - overall its similar to what you would get from the iPhone 8
  • Pretty good charging speed too - you will get about 7 hours of battery life with a 15 minute charge
  • Of course, the Pixel 2 gets better the more you buy Google products - it’s a great universal controller for your Chromecast, works in tandem with a Google Home, and will work seamlessly with Pixel Buds too
  • On the whole, if you want the Android phone that does the most stuff, you might choose the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - it remains the "All The Things" phone to beat - but if you want a phone you don’t have to learn to use or fuss with just to make work properly, you will want the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL - for the ordinary user, this is the best Android phone out there, as on date
  • 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]
  • While the phone looks good, the design also feels a bit dated for 2017 with all those bezel-less displays around - it looks arguably less sexy, and has lees oomph, than say the Galaxy S8, or Galaxy Note 8 or the iPhone X
  • And with the (relatively small) 5-inch display on the Pixel 2 the bezels stand out even more (the Pixel 2 XL is a little better)
  • No standard headphone jack - Google goes the way of the iPhone here - and that is kind of a drag for people who have a pair of great wired headphones or earbuds they'd rather keep using without an adaptor dongle (which comes included in the box)
  • The battery life while good, is certainly not class leading among the flagships - it is significantly behind for instance the Galaxy Note 8 and the OnePlus 5 - both of them comfortably give battery life of over a day
  • No support for wireless charging, that's now present on the likes on iPhone 8
  • 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 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
  • No Dual SIM support
  • 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 Pixel 2 delivers the goods just as well as its XL counterpart while being considerably more affordable
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  2. Buy the Pixel 2/XL for the best camera on any Android phone and fast Google updates
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  3. In almost every way, the Pixel 2 is the iPhone of Android phones. And that's a compliment.
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  4. The best camera on a smartphone
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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 »
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