Nokia 8 Sirocco long-term review: HMD Global labelled this Nokia smartphone too high for the possess good

It was an early Apr day when HMD Global launched 3 Nokia – Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 Plus Nokia 8 Sirocco – smartphones. Three and a half months later, HMD Global already has a strike on a hands with Nokia 6 (2018) and a fanciful Nokia 7 Plus that we reviewed progressing and called it a “year’s best mid-range smartphone. That is about to challenged when Xiaomi launched a Mi A2 on 8 August.

I’m not here to speak about a Nokia 7 Plus or a Mi A2. I’m here to tell we how a Nokia 8 Sirocco stacks up. In short, it is an unimpressive smartphone that is overpriced for a possess good.

If a association is releasing a smartphone above Rs 35k, afterwards they contingency be compared with everyone’s favourite smartphone, a OnePlus 6. OnePlus, according to Counterpoint Research “was a top-selling manufacturer in a flagship shred (₹30,000 and above) in India for Q2 2018”. To get any sales in a reward marketplace in India, one contingency be as good or improved than a OnePlus 6. Why a OnePlus 6, we competence ask.

OnePlus excels especially given it gets a basis right. It has a possess Oxygen OS that is as tighten to batch Android as one can get with a mutated ROM. The OnePlus 6, a company’s latest “flagship killer” is labelled really competitively. It competence be a many costly OnePlus smartphone ever, yet during only Rs 34,999 for a bottom model, a Chinese association isn’t seeking for too many of your tough warranted bucks. It’s also one of a many arguable smartphones out there and has gotten many improved during delivering program updates.


I’ve had a OnePlus 6 ever given a launch and I’ve forsaken it a satisfactory few times. There has been a hole here or there yet zero major. Last yet not a least, if we call yourself a “premium” or “flagship” smartphone, afterwards we contingency have a camera as good or improved than a one on a OnePlus 6.

Now that we know what it takes to kick a “benchmark” mobile phone in this category, let’s speak point-by-point about a Nokia 8 Sirocco.

Nokia 8 Sirocco vs OnePlus 6

  1. Stock Android: Everyone will determine that OnePlus’ really possess Oxygen OS is a really good crafted tradition ROM. It’s got a demeanour and feel of a batch Android yet some gestures and facilities that make a phone knowledge a whole lot better.

Android on a Nokia 8 Sirocco is of a purest form. In fact, all Nokia smartphones come with batch Android. HMD Global struck a understanding with Google and all a phones are underneath a ensign of “Android One”. Android One brings an unmodified chronicle of Android to smartphones. With this, a Nokia 8 Sirocco is guaranteed to be removing visit updates. Since a launch, it’s gotten all monthly confidence patch updates in a timely manner.

Winner: It’s a passed tie. OnePlus has a corner with a customised facilities that are desired by many yet Nokia hasn’t unsuccessful with a singular refurbish given launch.

  1. Price: OnePlus has labelled a latest flagship smartphone as low as Rs 34,999 for a bottom variant. The Nokia 8 Sirocco comes in during Rs 45,990 on Amazon India. That’s Rs 10,991 higher. Last year’s Nokia 8 (the flagship phone from HMD Global for 2017) was labelled during a many some-more affordable and intelligent cost of Rs 36,999.

Nokia 8 Sirocco already starts on a backfoot. Price is something people deliberation before even checking out a smartphone. Therefore, Nokia 8 Sirocco has already mislaid a conflict here. Even months after launch, it isn’t being discounted.

Winner: OnePlus 6, by a outrageous margin.


  1. Design and reliability: I’ve been regulating a OnePlus 6, and while a pattern doesn’t many interest to me as we find it really tedious compared to a competition, everybody I’ve talked to has taken a fondness to it. A associate publisher told me that one of a smartphones in 2018 that he can’t give adult on is a OnePlus 6 and a reason is a design.

Also, as mentioned above, a phone hasn’t broken, only a few dents, even after many a drop. It’s a gentle phone to reason and use single-handedly.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco also doesn’t interest to me. It doesn’t interest to a series of people I’ve talked to. It’s a depart from final years Nokia 8 that was one of a many well-crafted phones of 2017.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco does reason adult good though. I’ve also managed to scrape it a few times yet it violation it. Reliability is utterly solid. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is forged from a singular retard of immaculate steel and that creates it a ‘hard-to-break’ smartphone.

Winner: The OnePlus 6 edges this out by a tiny margin.

  1. Camera: When we initial got a Nokia 8 Sirocco, we went around SDA marketplace and took some photos. This is what we wrote on Instagram, “once again, sameness during a best. When it works, it’s awesome, yet one needs a lot of patience”. we was entirely unimpressed. we was awaiting it to be distant better.

The OnePlus 6 has met my expectations. It hasn’t risen above my expectations, yet to contend it is a bad camera would meant I’d be lying. It’s a flattering good camera is good lighting and can impress, during times, in low-lighting. Portrait mode is a vital strike or miss, yet many companies haven’t gotten it right.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco betrothed a lot in terms of imaging yet has unhappy many people, including me. It only doesn’t compare a foe out there – Google Pixel and Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9, Honor 10, Vivo Nex – and that’s a weakest link.

Winner: OnePlus 6

Once again, sameness during a best. When it works, it’s awesome, yet one needs a lot of patience. These mural shots yet came out flattering great. Some representation images from a #Nokia8Sirocco SDA, New Delhi Jun 10, 2018

A post common by Sahil Bhalla (@sahilb17) on Jun 10, 2018 during 4:39am PDT


I have no qualms in observant that a Nokia 7 Plus is my favourite smartphone of a year so far. we can also safely contend that a Nokia 8 Sirocco is a vital disappointment. If it were labelled Rs 10,000 less, it’d be a good recommendation. Right now, it is simply overpriced.

I know many people who still reason on to a Nokia 8 from final year as their daily drivers. Till now, we don’t know anyone that has wanted to buy a Nokia 8 Sirocco. Maybe a arriving Nokia 9 competence change a consumers’ notice of HMD Global’s flagship Nokia smartphones yet we will have to wait and see.

Till then, save your tough warranted bucks and squeeze a OnePlus 6. You will not be disappointed.

First published: 31 Jul 2018, 18:15 IST

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