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First look: Nokia 8 Sirocco

Nokia 8 Sirocco is HMD Global's most advanced device under the Nokia brand

First look: Nokia 8 Sirocco
Nokia 8 Sirocco is HMD Global's most advanced device under the Nokia brand

What is it: After acquiring rights to the brand, HMD Global has launched the most advanced device under the name yet, called the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

What’s unique about it: The fact that it’s a Nokia will undoubtedly have buyers wondering if it’s just as durable as the brand’s phones used to be. And it seems like it is. At no point does the phone seem like it’s made of anything that feels like cheap plastic. If anything, especially with the metallic finish and curved screen, it feels surprisingly high-end.

What are the specs: A standard 5.5 inch screen with 538 pixels per inch. The phone comes with a solid 6 gigabytes (GB) of RAM and 128 GB of storage, and can be charged wirelessly. It also has 13 megapixel (MP) dual rear camera and wide angle 12MP front camera.

What could be better: The most obvious difference from last year is that smartphone screens today are longer and narrower with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Nokia 8 Sirocco continues to rely on a 16:9 screen, however. While it doesn’t make a huge difference, it will make the phone seem a bit dated.

Who will buy it: The phone isn’t an iPhone killer, (to be fair, there isn’t one yet) and it isn’t a pound for pound match for the top of the line Samsung S9+ or OnePlus 6 either. However, there are some good discounts on Souq which make it a good recommendation for users looking for a durable, high-powered, and well-appointed phone at a reasonable price point.

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