The Nokia 8 Sirocco was introduced in February and has been available for a few weeks now. I bought the smartphone and now I tell you what I think of it.


The first time I have to use a preface in a post… But: in advance, I noticed one thing, on the negative side. The Nokia 8 Sirocco came to me with Android 8.0 and the security update of February 2018. After about 1.5 weeks, however, the update on Android Oreo 8.1 has become available alongside the latest security update of April.

In the Box:

In the box of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, the usual toilet paper is in the form of operating instructions, warranty information and more included. For the first time at Nokia I found a protective cover made of transparent hard plastic in the box. In addition to the Fastcharging power Plug and a very – and I mean really very – rugged USB type A on USB type C charging cable there are also In ear headphones, which I do not use by default. Also a USB type C on 3.5 mm Jack adapter is in the package content, as the Nokia 8 Sirocco no longer has audio jacks.


The processing of the Nokia 8 Sirocco is truly perfect – with a small, I would say “security feature”: The Simard slot, which can only hold a NanoSIM, is so tightly closed that you almost need a hammer to open the same.

The volume buttons and the power button and fingerprint sensor are well and premium like processed without any play.

Gaps, yes – even smartphones have something like this, not only the VW Polo of the relatives, are neat and equal in size. Something I really miss on my Samsung’s Galaxy S9.

The Full HD P-AMOLED screen from LG has a nice colour scheme, extremely good viewing angle stability and even under direct sunlight you can still read very well from this display.

The housing of the Nokia 8 Sirocco has also been closed due to IP 67, so neither rain nor dust can do anything to the device. However, you have to let go the 3,5mm Audio Jack.


The Nokia 8 Sirocco is one of Nokia’s Android One devices. It is delivered with pure Android and receive over 2 years of updates and the upcoming Android P-version.

The advantages of stock Android can be enjoyed, thanks to the included Snapdragon 835, last year’s top SOC processor from Qualcomm, as well as 6GB memory. The internal storage of the Nokia 8 Sirocco includes 128 GB and cannot be extended by microSD card.


In the Nokia 8 Sirocco there are a total of 3 cameras. 2 of them on the back of the unit and one on the front, for selfies.

The dual camera on the back includes a 12MP and a 13MP sensor that was delivered and tuned by Zeiss. Both lenses are color sensors, not like the last years Nokia 8 with a color and a monochrome lens.

On the front side, the Nokia 8 Sirocco holds a 5MP sensor that, I think, can be easily absorbed with the 8MP sensor from the Galaxy S9.

The photos, no matter which one of the 3 cameras you use, are razor sharp, have a neutral color scheme and how the cameras in my “at night” Test cuts off, is coming soon on my photo blog.


The Nokia 8 Sirocco is the perfect counterpart for users who want to switch from an iPhone 8 to Android. Why? Because 5.5 inches P-AMOLED display and smaller edges than on the iPhone 8. Also, there is stock Android and just mentioned guaranteed  2 years of system updates.

As with the other high-priced Nokia smartphones, the processing is the same as the Nokia 3310 from my childhood. That’s why I also like to call my Nokia 8 Sirocco “The brick made of glass”.

Clearly the 16:9 format may look somewhat frumpy in the age of 18:9 smartphones and I had to get used to it again. But the luxury of not having to use both hands to hod the smartphone, because the small thick fingers can not reach anything, is then quite beautiful.

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