Nokia 8 Sirocco: Compare pricing, specifications and availability

The Nokia 8 Sirocco shows off the best of what the new Nokia has to offer.

Nokia 8 Sirocco at a glance

When does the Nokia 8 Sirocco come out? Available in Australia on 17 May 2018

What’s new about the Nokia 8 Sirocco? Top-tier Snapdragon 835 processor, dual rear camera with optical zoom, stainless-steel design

How much will the Nokia 8 Sirocco cost? $1,199 outright.

What is the Nokia 8 Sirocco?

Nokia experienced a rebirth of sorts in 2017, with a number of new smartphones released throughout the year. These phones were for the most part aimed at more emerging markets, ultimately as more affordable lower-power devices. However, HMD Global (the company which purchased the rights to use Nokia’s name for smartphones) won hearts and minds around the world with a throwback to Nokia’s original 3310, and in 2018 it announced a number of new Nokia smartphones – some were more affordable, but others like the Nokia 8 line were genuine top-tier devices.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is HMD Global’s most adventurous smartphone yet. Made from a single piece of milled stainless steel, no more than 7.5mm thick, with a full 3D Gorilla Glass 5 display on the front, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is what it was intended to be: a premium design smartphone set to impress.

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Is the Nokia 8 Sirocco powerful?

In a word, yes. The Nokia 8 was a premium phone, and the Nokia 8 Sirocco is even more so. It features the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (used in most of 2017’s smartphones, and many of 2018’s too) paired with even more RAM, a whopping 6GB in total.

Combined with the fact that Nokia opts for a minimal interpretation of Android (read: it’s very close to the stock Android found on Google’s own Pixel 2 smartphones), the Nokia 8 Sirocco offers a potent combination of the best bits of smartphone technology.

Though Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 was announced a few months prior to the launch of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, it hasn’t found its way into many phones as yet; Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is about it as of May 2018 and as with most things, the law of diminishing returns applies. In simple terms, this means that the Snapdragon 835 (last year’s model) is still capable of excellent performance.

Does the Nokia 8 Sirocco have a good camera?

Premium smartphones should offer the best experience possible, and one of the most important areas is the camera. Nokia’s partnership with Zeiss continues, with a dual-rear lens setup on the Nokia 8 Sirocco which offers 2x optical zoom. With a bright, fast aperture of f/1.8 on the main camera, the Nokia 8 Sirocco promises quality photos during the day and in low-light situations.

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How do I charge the Nokia 8 Sirocco?

The Nokia 8 Sirocco charges using USB C connectivity, with a provided charger and cable in the box. USB C is a newer standard that uses a fully-reversible cable end as distinct from microUSB where there's a definite "wrong" way to try to plug in a cable. It also supports wireless charging through the Qi standard.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco has a non-removable 3260mAh battery on board.

Is the Nokia 8 Sirocco water-resistant?

Yes, Nokia advises that the Nokia 8 Sirocco is IP67 water resistant, meaning that, in theory it should be capable of handling immersion in water up to a meter deep for half an hour. In reality we wouldn’t recommend doing this, but accidents happen.

In day-to-day use, Nokia 8 Sirocco’s IP67 rating means you can use it in the rain without fear of breaking something (provided you don’t drop it).

Nonetheless as with any electronics, be careful where you use it as a IP67 rating might mean you could use the Nokia 8 Sirocco near a pool, but give it a rinse in fresh water afterward and allow it to dry. Salt and chlorine generally don’t mix well with electronics.

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When will the Nokia 8 Sirocco be available in Australia?

It will go on sale in May 2018.

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How much will the Nokia 8 Sirocco cost?

The Nokia 8 Sirocco will be available in Black in Australia, with a recommended retail price of $1,199 exclusively through JB Hi-Fi stores.

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Nokia 8 Sirocco Specifications

Product Name
Nokia 8 Sirocco
Display Size
5.5 inches
2560 x 1440 pixels
534 ppi
Snapdragon 835
Operating System
Android 8.0
Front camera
Rear camera
Dual 12MP
3260 mAh
140.9 x 73 x 7.5 mm
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