HMD Global, the Finnish company that authorized the rights to produce Nokia phones, unveiled for the first time an Android flagship with the Nokia brand in August. Today at the Mobile World Congress, HMD will launch the Nokia 8 Sirocco, an improved variant that comes with some amazing design changes. HMD has opted for glass in 95 percent of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, with a small stainless steel chassis that runs along the sides.
The result seems quite impressive, and the fingerprint reader has moved backwards to reduce the bevels in the front. The entire phone is curved into wedge-shaped points at the edges, with a design that hides the usual ugly antenna lines. It feels small, light and thin as a result of these changes, although bevelled edges may take a while to get used to.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco works with Qualcomm's 835 processor, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. In the center there is a 5.5 inch (2560 x 1440) pleated screen that seemed to have good viewing and calibration angles during my brief view of the device. HMD is also using a dual camera system on the back with a 12 megapixel main camera and ZEISS optics. The 5 megapixel front camera also has a wide-angle lens (84 degrees) for self-portraits, and the software will support the "bothie" mode of HMD to take a picture using the front and rear cameras simultaneously.
While the camera software on the Nokia 8 was quite disappointing and basic, HMD is updating it for the Nokia 8 Sirocco. There is a new Pro Camera mode, and it is quite similar to what you might have found on the old Nokia Lumia devices. Provides manual control over camera settings in a radial menu, with options to change the white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation. It is useful if you want to have more control over what you are filming.
As HMD has been changed to a glass device, there is also wireless charging in the Nokia 8 Sirocco. While it is a welcome addition, HMD has decided to remove the headphone jack on the Nokia 8 Sirocco. You will have to use USB-C or Bluetooth headphones, or use the 3.5mm USB-C headphone adapter in the box. The Nokia 8 Sirocco will be available in April with a price of 749 euros ($ 920).
Along with the Nokia 8 Sirocco, HMD is also launching two mid-range devices. The Nokia 7 Plus has the same camera system as the Nokia 8 Sirocco, but exchanges the glass exterior for a ceramic coating on an aluminum chassis. The Nokia 7 Plus includes Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.
The 6-inch LCD screen (2160 x 1080) on the 7 Plus has an 18: 9 ratio, making it extra high, but the device still feels more like a 5.5-inch headset. The frames are similar to the Google Pixel 2 XL screen, and HMD has placed the fingerprint reader on the back to help with that. HMD plans to make the Nokia 7 Plus available in April for 399 euros ($ 490).
HMD also presents a renewed Nokia 6. The new Nokia 6 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, with 3 GB of 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB or 64 GB of storage. HMD has moved the fingerprint reader to the back of the 5.5-inch device (1920 x 1080) and has added a 16-megapixel camera on the back with ZEISS optics. The updated Nokia 6 will be available in April with a price of 279 euros ($ 343).