Nokia 8 vs Nokia 8 Sirocco: Is It Worth Spending A Premium Price For The Sirocco Edition?

by Michele Ingelido 0

HMD Global has just showcased Nokia 8 Sirocco at MWC 2018, a new variant of the Nokia 8. Usually, variants are not so different from their original versions, but this is definitely not the case. The Sirocco version of the flagship is a huge improvement over its predecessor and it is way different from the standard edition. So, in this Nokia 8 vs Nokia 8 Sirocco comparison, we will see the main differences and improvements between these two smartphones, and you will discover whether or not it is worth spending some money to buy this new and powerful variant.

nokia 8 vs nokia 8 sirocco

Nokia 8 vs Nokia 8 Sirocco

Nokia 8 Nokia 8 Sirocco
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 mm, 160 grams 140.9 x 73 x 7.5 mm
DISPLAY 5.3 inches, 1440 x 2560p (Quad HD), 554 ppi, 16:9 ratio, IPS LCD 5.5 inches, 1440 x 2560p (Quad HD), 534 ppi, 16:9 ratio, P-OLED
PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, octa-core 2.45 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, octa-core 2.45 GHz
MEMORY 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB, micro SD slot 6 GB RAM, 128 GB, micro SD dedicated slot
SOFTWARE Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 8.0 Oreo
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
CAMERA Dual 13 MP f/2.0
13 MP f/2.0 front camera
Dual 12 + 13 MP f/1.75 + f/2.0
5 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY 3090 mAh
Fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0)
3260 mAh
Fast Charging (Quick Charge 4)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Hybrid Dual SIM slot, Splash proof (IP54 certified) Hybrid Dual SIM slot, water resistant (IP67 certified)

Aesthetically, the two handsets are completely different. While the first has a full metal unibody design, the second is a glass sandwich — featuring a stainless steel frame between two curved glasses. It not only has a better look, but it is also water resistant (IP67 certified), while its predecessor is just splash proof. The Sirocco version has a borderless display with the P-OLED technology which is way better than the “just above-average” IPS panel of the original Nokia 8. Further, the narrow bezels make the phone smaller even though the display size remains almost the same. There are no significant changes in the hardware side as the Finnish giant has launched this new variant with Snapdragon 835 SoC, again. But it is worth mentioning that Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, while its predecessor had Nougat.

The dual camera should be much better given that it has a larger aperture (f/1.75), dual pixel PD autofocus and 2x optical zoom, besides its Carl Zeiss lens. On the other hand, the front camera has a much lower resolution (13 vs 5 MP). The battery is slightly bigger (3260 vs 3090 mAh): thanks to the higher capacity and with the OLED panel, it should last a bit more. Nokia 8 Sirocco will soon be launched in Europe with a price tag of €750, while Nokia 8 can be found at about €360 ($443) in its 4/64 GB configuration (note that Sirocco has 6 GB RAM and 128 GB ROM) thanks to online street prices. At the moment, the improvements made do not justify the much higher price, but when the price will drop to at least €550-600, Nokia 8 Sirocco will be a better choice.

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Nokia 8 vs Nokia 8 Sirocco: PRO and CONS

Nokia 8


  • Affordable price tag
  • Flagship-level hardware
  • Good front camera
  • Solid aluminum design


  • Bezels


Nokia 8 Sirocco


  • Premium design
  • Water resistant
  • Great hardware side
  • Borderless P-OLED display


  • More expensive price tag