Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco

HMD Global this year launched 5 new Nokia devices at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, where two of the new smartphones, Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 8 Sirocco were improvements of its previously released smartphone Nokia 6 and Nokia 8.

We have already reviewed the five best features of both Nokia 8 Sirocco and the old Nokia 8 but we know that there are many curious minds out in the world that are still trying to figure out the differences and similarities between the two smartphones.

So if you are one of those people, there is no need to exhaust yourself with this question as we are here to figure out the same thing.

Design

Where Nokia 8 arrived with 6000 series aluminum body, the new Nokia 8 Sirocco boasts a design which features 95% Gorilla Glass 5 which reminds us a bit of Samsung’s flagship devices.

Gorilla Glass 5 means that the smartphone won’t be rendered dead-ish by small bumps as it can withstand a few small bruises. Nokia 8 Sirocco is also a bit thinner than last year’s flagship device i.e.  140.93 x 72.97 x 7.5 mm as compared to Nokia 8’s dimensions which are 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 mm.

Nokia 8 Sirocco
Nokia 8 Sirocco

Apart from the build and the major difference between the two smartphones is the screen size. Nokia 8 Sirocco features a large 5.5 inches screen with reduced bezels whereas the Nokia 8 carries a slightly smaller 5.3 inches of screen with sizeable bezels and a fingerprint sensor at the front.

The new Sirocco device replaced the capacitive navigation keys with the on-screen keys, ditched the home button and moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of the device. These measures finally make the device a worthy candidate to stand amongst the other flagship devices of different brands.

The new smartphone also doesn’t offer a headphone jack, a move which was probably made to save some space

Now the users who hate using an adapter will not have nice feelings about this move but then again Huawei did the same with Mate 10 Pro and people still wanted it, meaning there is still hope that Nokia 8 Sirocco will win over AUX cable lovers.

Display

The bezels on Nokia 8 make the 5.3 inches screen look quite small as compared to the 5.5 inches display on the Nokia 8 Sirocco whose reduced bezels and curved edges features a perfect screen to body ratio.

Nokia 8 Sirocco display
Nokia 8 Sirocco

The curved display again reminds us of the previous Samsung’s flagship devices, an attribute which singled out their smartphones from the rest of the brands in the market. Both Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco feature a QHD screen resolution but the latter clearly proves to be more superior than the last year’s device.

Camera

Nokia 8 Sirocco camera
Camera of Nokia 8 Sirocco

Bot smartphones feature a dual camera setup but the Nokia 8 Sirocco offers a much-improved camera as compared to its predecessor. Nokia 8 features a dual 13MP camera on the back whereas the new smartphone comes with a 12MP main sensor and 13MP telephoto lens.

Nokia 8 Sirocco pro camera
Pro Mode on Nokia 8 Sirocco

The front camera has taken a direct shot in the new device as Nokia 8 packs a 13MP front snapper whereas the Sirocco comes with a 5MP selfie camera. This seems like a major downgrade but we cannot be sure of either’s performance unless we’ve tested the devices ourselves.

Hardware

One of the disappointing things in the new Nokia 8 Sirocco is the last year’s chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 which is also present in Nokia 8. The choice of chipset worries us as the new flagship devices will carry the new Snapdragon 845 chipset including Galaxy S9 which we have categorized as one of the best features of the new device.

The standard Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with 6GB RAM and a massive 128GB of internal storage

The standard model of Nokia 8 packs a 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage but it also has a 6GB variant with 128GB of internal memory. So, there is not much difference between the two devices when it comes to the hardware which is not the case with Galaxy S9 which offers much more than what its predecessor does.

Battery

Nokia 8 Sirocco does offer a bigger battery than its predecessor i.e. 3260mAh battery capacity than Nokia 8’s 3090mAh battery but still, it is not too big to provide a long-lasting battery life to power users. The recently launched Galaxy S9 also disappointed us on the same front as it featured a 3000mAh battery which was quite a let down as compared to the 4000mAh battery of Huawei mate 10.

Software

Both smartphones have the latest Android Oreo which evens the level playing field for Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 8. The former belongs to the Android One program which gives it an extra credit as the smartphone will receive the next two major Android OS updates as well as three years of security updates.

They both feature Stock Android which means that the two devices are free of any bloatware apps that come pre-installed on the smartphones.

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