Nokia 8 Sirocco Launched: A Premiuim Android One Flagship Phone

HMD Global has released a more premium edition of the Nokia 8, named the Nokia 8 Sirocco. The difference with the new smartphone comes in the form of mainly hardware. The device is the very first almost all glass smartphone from Nokia. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass on the front and back. Further, this glass build enables the company to incorporate wireless charging in the smartphone – a first. Along with that, the front display is curved as it meets the edges which again sets it apart from the original Nokia 8. We think of this as a special edition rather than a sequel. Read further for pricing details, technical specs and availability of the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

During the announcement, HMD Global detailed how the phone is made from a single block of stainless steel. It further added that there are diamond cuts where the glass meets with the chassis. Moving on to other additions, the phone is water and dust resistant. Also, there would be a single 128GB storage variant of the smartphone.  Further details for Nokia 8 Sirocco ahead.

Nokia 8 Sirocco
Picture date: Sunday February 25, 2018. The new smartphones join the Android One family, offering a high quality software experience designed by Google. Photo credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Nokia 8 Sirocco – Technical Specifications:

Complete run-down of Nokia 8 Sirocco’s tech specs:

  • Dimensions: 140.93×72.97×7.5 mm
  • Processor: Qualcomm™ Snapdragon® 835 Mobile Platform
  • RAM: 6 GB LPPDDR 4X
  • Storage: 128G GB USF2.1 internal user memory
  • Battery: Integrated 3260mAh battery
  • Display: 5.5” QHD pOLED, 3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
  • Camera: 
    • Primary:
      • 12MP wide, 2L7, 1.4um, 2PD, f/1.75, FOV 78”
      • 13MP tele, 3M3, 1.0um, f/2.6, FOV 47.3”, dual-tone flash
    • Secondary:
      • 5MP, 4E8, 1.4um, F/2.0, FF, display flash
  • OS: Android Oreo

You can read more about the Nokia 8 Sirocco technical specifications in detail here: Nokia 8 Sirocco Tech Specs.

Nokia 8 Sirocco – Pictures / Gallery:

Nokia 8 Sirocco – Introduction Video:

Along with the phone details, HMD Global has also released an introduction video about the various offerings in the Nokia 8 Sirocco phone. Watch it below:

Nokia 8 Sirocco – Pricing and Availability:

Starting from April 2018, the Nokia 8 Sirocco would be available in major countries with an average price of 749 Euros. As said earlier, this isn’t a sequel to the Nokia 8 rather it is a special edition / variant of the original phone.

Press Release:

Here is the official announcement press release from HMD Global:

Introducing Nokia 8 Sirocco, an ultra-compact powerhouse for the fans

 

Nokia 8 Sirocco’s premium craftsmanship and effortless performance takes creative storytelling to a whole new level, in ultra-compact style

 

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced the launch of the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Inspired by the rich design heritage of Nokia phones, the Nokia 8 Sirocco’s elegant design and compact style is the ideal blend of precise craftsmanship and purposeful innovation. Delivering powerful storytelling features including ZEISS optics and perfectly tuned acoustics, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is an ultra-compact powerhouse, and our most beautiful smartphone to date.

 

Elegant design

To deliver the optimum fusion of strength and beauty, the Nokia 8 Sirocco’s premium curved glass covers over 95% of the phone and seamlessly meets a frame precision milled from a single piece of stainless steel. Its compact style delivers an ultra-slim profile, just 2mm thin at the edge, combining an edge-to-edge curved pOLED 2K 5.5-inch display with smaller bezels and body curves to create its sleek, slim look.

 

Its steel frame is 2.5 times stronger than 6000 series aluminium, and its 3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 is robust enough to endure life’s everyday knocks. Luxuriously weighted and perfectly balanced, it feels more secure in your hand thanks to the improved grip given by the dual diamond-polished stainless steel frame.

 

Powerful storytelling

Capture every detail thanks to the Nokia 8 Sirocco’s dual rear sensors with ZEISS optics that combine an ultra-sensitive, wide angle primary camera for impressive low-light performance and a secondary 13MP sensor with 2x optical zoom. Thanks to Pro Camera mode, you can have full manual control over each picture you take, including white balancing, focussing, ISO, shutter speed and exposure correction, helping you take photos like a pro.

 

Enhanced Dual-Sight, which seamlessly harnesses both front and back ZEISS cameras to give a split screen visual, now delivers an all new Picture-in-Picture view and better integration with Google Photos to deliver the ultimate #Bothie including verbal prompts with Google Assistant: ‘take a picture/video with both cameras’.

 

And with perfectly tuned acoustics, you can capture crystal clear, distortion free audio on the Nokia 8 Sirocco in even the loudest of places. Featuring Nokia spatial audio, its three high performance microphones capture everything from the quietest whisper to the loudest rock concert.

 

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is optimised and tuned to deliver effortless performance with its 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and the Qualcomm™ Snapdragon® 835 Mobile Platform. It is also the first Nokia Android smartphone to support Qi wireless charging.

 

Pure, secure and up-to-date, reinforced with Android One commitment

The Nokia 8 Sirocco joins the Android One family, offering a high quality software experience designed by Google. It will stay fresh over time with the latest Google innovations and regular security updates. With its pure Android installation, the Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with no unnecessary UI changes or hidden processes that would eat up your battery life or slow it down so you can enjoy your phone for longer. As with all Nokia smartphones in the Android One program, the Nokia 8 Sirocco will come with a limited number of pre-installed apps so that you’ll get more storage space.

 

By shipping with Android Oreo™ out of the box, you’ll be able to enjoy the latest features, including Picture-in-Picture for multitasking, Android Instant Apps to discover and run apps with minimal friction, 60 fantastic new emojis and battery-maximising features like limiting background app use.

 

Availability

Available from early April, the Nokia 8 Sirocco will retail for a global average retail price of €749 excluding taxes and subsidies.

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