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Nokia 8 Sirocco Smartphone Review

We review the Nokia 8 Sirocco, a smartphone with a 12-megapixel camera, 2x telephoto lens, and ZEISS optics.

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Quick Verdict

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a premium quality, well built phone with lots of features and storage however the camera quality is the same as that found on models lower down in the range. If you want a super stylish phone that will take fair to good quality images, and are willing to pay extra for a very sturdy build quality, it could be the phone for you. 

+ Pros

  • Very well made and sturdy
  • Lots of memory and RAM
  • Fast and responsive
  • Looks stunning
  • ZEISS optics
  • Pro mode offers good manual control
  • Bokeh background mode

- Cons

  • Blue colour cast at sides of screen
  • Poor 5-megapixel selfie camera
  • Very slippy design
  • High price
  • Lacks image stabilisation



The Nokia 8 Sirocco is the premium smartphone in Nokia's new range, which includes the Nokia 8, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1. The phone is carved out of a single piece of stainless steel, to create a solid and uniquely slim shape. It features 128GB of storage, 6GB of ram and a 12-megapixel main camera that has ZEISS optics. 

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is available for £649.95 from Amazon UK. Here, we see how it performs. 

Nokia 8 Sirocco Features

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The Nokia 8 Sirocco has a dual 12-megapixel rear camera with ZEISS optics and optical zoom - with a wide f/1.8 aperture. There is also a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture offering a 2x zoom. 

The front facing camera is a 5-megapixel offering - which is low compared to other premium phones, with most offering at least 8 megapixels on the front. 

It's a very sleek and well-built phone. Nokia boasts that the 8 Sirocco has been painstakingly machined out of a single piece of stainless steel to create a slim and compact shape. The phone (and screen) is heavily curved at the edges, especially the left and right, on both the front as well as the back giving the phone very slim edges.


Full 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been used to make the screen robust against scratches. The display is a 5.5-inch QuadHD offering, and the phone runs Android One, with the latest update to Oreo 8.1 available. 

There's 128GB storage space and 6GB RAM, which should be plenty for running lots of applications at the same time. Nokia says that the Sirocco 8's chipset is one of the fastest available for Android (at the time of release), and Nokia's fastest smartphone to date, using a SnapDragon 835 processor. 

USB type C is used for charging the phone, and there is no headphone jack, so an adapter has to be used if you don't have wireless ones. Nokia provides in-ear headphones with a USB-C fitment in the box, which is handy.  

On the back is the Zeiss branded dual rear cameras and the round fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone, On the right-hand side are the power button and volume rocker. On the left-hand side is access to the SIM tray. 

The phone is waterproof (IP67) and dust resistant, and supports wireless charging. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity is available, as well as NFC. 

In the camera app, there is a Pro mode available letting you change white balance, ISO, shutter speed and focus mode. There's also a live Bokeh mode to make backgrounds more attractive. 

Key Features

  • 12mp f/1.8 wide-angle lens (25mm equivalent), 1.4micron pixels
  • 13mp f/2.6 telephoto lens (50mm equivalent)
  • ZEISS optics
  • 5-megapixel selfie camera
  • Pro & live Bokeh modes in camera app
  • ISO 100-3200 (selectable in Pro mode)
  • 4K video recording
  • 5.5inch QuadHD 16:9 screen
  • 128GB storage, 6GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth
  • Runs Android One
  • 3260mAh battery
  • Waterproof and dust resistant

Nokia 8 Sirocco Handling

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a very slim and curvy phone, and whilst it looks great, this means that it feels quite slippery in the hand. The back of the phone is also glass, which adds to this. The phone does feel really well built and sturdy, but a case is definitely recommended for grip and protection from scratches, thankfully one is provided in the box. It looks extremely thin from the side and very sleek. 

The phone is very fast to respond, with the camera app allowing you to touch the screen in order to focus. The Pro mode is also very easy to navigate by clicking on the relevant setting and sliding the bar until the necessary setting is reached. Focusing and shutter speed response are both very good. 

In the basic photo setting, we have access to 6 features along the top of the screen:

  • Beauty - Turn this on and adjust the slider to make the effect stronger or weaker. 
  • Type of capture - There is standard single capture, or you can also allow dual capture, where front and back cameras capture an image at the same time, or finally P-I-P capture in which a small front camera image is captured within the frame.
  • Auto timer - Off, 3s or 10s options are available.
  • HDR - Off, Auto or On are the available options here. 
  • Flash - Again Off, Auto or On are the options. 
  • Switch cameras - switch between front or back cameras.

Pressing the hamburger menu button to the left of the camera screen allows you to switch between panorama, pro and live bokeh modes as well as access settings. Video recording mode is accessed via a button next to the shutter button at the bottom of the screen. 

Post-capture, there are options to add a filter to your image, and also adjust levels including light, colour and pop. Light and colour also have drop downs giving you more slider options for highlights, shadows, whites etc. You can also rotate your image in the camera.

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On viewing the screen, a heavy colour cast is created in the form of a blue haze on the left and right due to the very curved edges of the phone. This is especially noticeable when viewing pale things, both in camera and when browsing websites etc. It's quite offputting and is something that we can't see there being a fix for any time soon, as it's purely down to the thickness and curvature of the glass - a design fault that some will find very distracting. This may be the reason why many manufacturers are moving away from overly curved screen designs. 



The smartphone has plenty of RAM, at 6GB, and plenty of storage as well, with 128GB, which is a good thing, as there is no MicroSD slot. It uses the SnapDragon 835, so isn't as fast or powerful as other smartphones running the SnapDragon 845, such as the OnePlus 6. The phone scores 1035 (single core) and 3960 (multi-core) in Geekbench 4, which is a little disappointing for a flagship phone. AnTuTu v7.1.0 benchmark gives a score of 159,303.

Battery life - The phone features a 3260mAh battery, which should keep you shooting for a full day, however, prolonged camera use could cause the battery to run down faster, so we'd recommend packing a portable charger just in case, to keep you going. 

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