Nokia held an event today during MWC 2018 where they took the wraps off their new lineup of smartphones. The most notable of these new handsets is undoubtedly the Nokia 8 Sirocco. I’m not sure why they went with the name “Sirocco,” but I’m sure they have their reasons.
The new Nokia 8 includes high-end internals we’re too used to at this point: Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 5.5-inch pOLED Quad HD display, and a 3260mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 and Qi wireless charging. On paper, you’d think this phone was from 2017. But it’s not. It’s from 2018. Whatever, I guess.
While the phone does sport internals that are already a year old, it’ll obviously still pack a punch. Partially since the hardware is powerful on its own, but also thanks to the pure Android build Nokia includes that’s based on Android 8.0 Oreo. Starting from now on, all Nokia phones are a part of Google’s Android One program, so expect software updates to come in frequently.
That all being said, the internals need somewhere to sit, and Nokia chose a really beautiful build to place them in. The Nokia 8 comes with curved glass to the left and right of the screen, mimicking Samsung’s Edge approach with its handsets, and a glass back that meats with the edges of the devices and sandwiches a metal band around the handset. It’s a really good looking phone so if you choose to pick one up, you’ll probably be pleased by how it feels in your hand.
AS for cameras, Nokia has partnered with Zeiss Optics to deliver dual sensors on the back. The main shooter features 12MP and an f/1.75 aperture, while the secondary 13MP camera has an f/2.6 aperture. Together, the cameras can take bokeh photos and zoom into subjects without losing any quality. Of course, we’ll need to perform some tests in order to determine if they’re any good so stay tuned. A 5MP wide-angle camera sits on the front for selfies.
Also worth noting, the Nokia 8 doesn’t have a headphone jack. Frowny face emoji here.
Nokia says the Nokia 8 Sirocco will land this April for €749, or around $920 in US dollars.