Planning on jumping back into the industry with a vengeance, Nokia has just released its first premium smartphone. The Nokia 9 Sirocco sports premium features, but its high price tag might make consumers think twice before purchasing it. While Nokia is the brand that revolutionized flip phones, its presence is less enchanting in the smartphone industry. For the last few years, they have desperately tried to make a comeback with budget and midrange devices. They were far from impressive, and now the company is putting its hope in the Nokia 8 Sirocco.
To see if this new flagship could help solidify Nokia’s comeback, we took the phone for a test drive. What we discovered was mixed news, since this smartphone has lots of potential that are overshadowed by a few unforgettable flaws.
To explore the pros and cons of this iconic release, it’s essential to take a closer look. We compiled everything we loved and thought could be improved about the Nokia Sirocco into one article. Nokia definitely went the extra mile with this phone, so come see how it stacks up against the competition!
Testing Out the Nokia 8 Sirocco
When handling the Nokia 8 Sirocco, it feels simultaneously familiar and completely foreign. This is due to the fact that it has a slightly bulky build that’s reminiscent of the Mate 10. Unfortunately, instead of sporting a 5.9-inch display, the Sirocco only has a 5.5-inch screen. This makes the Nokia 8 Sirocco noticeably stouter than the competition. It also doesn’t have the notch screen design that has become standard in most phones. This fails to give users access to the face-unlock technology that’s steadily replacing fingerprint sensors.
On the plus side, Nokia removed the home button and gave it a gorgeous stainless steel body. This gives it a heavy feel that makes it seem more sturdy. Unfortunately, this gives the edges a slightly sharp feel that takes a few days to get used to. Nokia joined the rest of the tech giants and ditched the headphone jack. This unpopular choice forces clients to use a dongle adaptor to access the USB-C port.
Despite failing to stop customers in their tracks with its design, the Nokia 8 Sirocco has solid hardware. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, which does well considering it was last year’s chip. The Sirocco runs on Android One and has an impressive 3,260mAh battery that easily lasts all day. Users get access to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of in-phone storage, but there is one hiccup. Unfortunately, there’s no expansion for a memory card. While this won’t be a deal breaker for most, it would be a nice addition to this premium phone.
Even though it sports many quality features, Nokia fails to impress
The biggest issue with the Nokia 8 Sirocco is its cameras. While the 5MP selfie camera is great, the dual 12MP rear cameras could use some work. Instead of automatically focusing on bokeh mode, users have to slide a button to intensify the feature. This creates a balancing act that’s hard to maintain when objects are in motion. On top of being noticeably harder to control, the camera struggles in suboptimal conditions. While it does ok with low light, overexposure is a problem when dealing with direct sunlight. If you are taking shots of still objects, it can create gorgeous photos.
All these issues make the Nokia 8 Sirocco a difficult phone to invest in. While it holds its weight with solid specs, it doesn’t necessarily warrant an $880 price tag. In that bracket, all the usual tech giants are rolling out epic smartphones that are more streamlined. This seems to be the classic dilemma that Nokia can’t shake. No matter how many improvements they make, Nokia always seems to be one step behind the competition.