We tested the new Nokia 8 Sirocco: can Nokia compete with the powerful Samsung Galaxy?


All photos: Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo
Although the Galaxy S8 and the new Galaxy S9 have a wonderful design, many simply hate the changes that Samsung makes in Android. It is an understandable complaint, especially given that just a year ago the Samsung interface (then called TouchWiz, but now known as Samsung Experience) used to slow down the devices. These people may wonder: isn’t there a mobile phone with a design as attractive as the Galaxy S, but with Android in its purest form? Yes, the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

You only need to look at the Galaxy S8 next to a Sirocco to notice how much they resemble each other. Both phones have a crystal design with rounded edges. The only noticeable difference is that Sirocco has a more squared 16:9 LCD screen, unlike Samsung’s 18:9 OLED screen.

Its characteristics are also quite similar. The Sirocco carries a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, Qi wireless charge and also water resistance certified with IP67.

However, as I mentioned a few lines, unlike the Galaxy S the new Nokia does not have a cumbersome interface like TouchWiz. The Sirocco is part of Google’s Android One initiative, which means that the mobile has the Android version in its purest form. Wonderful.
On its back the Sirocco has a dual camera, although during the short time that I could try it after the HMD Global’s launch conference, it seems that its image processing is still not as good as Samsung’s. On the other hand, the manual mode controls of the camera that HMD has developed are fantastic.


After a quick analysis of the interior and exterior of the mobile phone, it seems to me that the biggest mistake of HMD was getting rid of the headphone port, although it is not a very serious error as far as the rest seems to be ok. If you have wondered what a Galaxy S would look like if Samsung included Android in its purest form, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is the answer.

Not having a headphone port is the only fault. The Sirocco will go on sale in April for 750 euros. There is still no information on whether he will arrive in the United States, but I hope so.

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