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Nokia 8 Sirocco UAE review

The most stylish Nokia Android phone

Battery life

  • 3,260mAh battery capacity
  • Easily gets you a full day and then some
  • Supports fast charging and wireless charging

The battery capacity of the Nokia 8 Sirocco is 3,260mAh which, judging by today's flagship phones, isn't on the highest side. For example, the Galaxy S9 Plus has a 3,500mAh battery while the Huawei P20 Pro has a battery capacity of 4,000mAh. Though, these phones are a lot larger to accommodate bigger batteries

When it comes to actual usage, we found the Nokia 8 Sirocco to easily last longer than the S9 Plus and roughly the same as the P20 Pro which means that you'll surely get a day and then, depending on your usage, maybe one more.

 When it comes to charging, the Nokia 8 Sirocco supports Qualcomm's fast charging standard with the included power adapter. And putting that glass back to use, HMD has also added support for wireless charging on the Sirocco.  

An hour’s charge bumped up the power on the Sirocco by 73% which is quite fast. Using Samsung's wireless charger, we got 26% in one hour which is also decent for wireless charging.  

Running our usual battery test of streaming a 90-minute full HD video in full screen with brightness on max and accounts syncing in the background, our Nokia 8 Sirocco lost 22% which is on the higher side. But keeping the screen brightness in check, we had no issues getting a full day.

Overall, we're quite pleased with the battery life and the fast charging capabilities on the Nokia 8 Sirroco.


  • 12MP f/1.7 and 13MF f/2.6
  • 5MP fixed-focus selfie camera, f/2.0
  • 4K video recording

 The camera is now one of the most important features of a phone and when you are paying for a manufacturer's flagship phone, you expect it to be better than any of it's other models. But that's not what you get with the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

HMD has used the exact same camera module on the Nokia 8 Sirocco as it has on the Nokia 7 Plus which costs a 1000 Dirhams less than the Sirocco. That, along with the lack of OIS didn't instill much confidence when we started testing the camera on the Sirocco. 

Although last year's Nokia 8 also featured a dual camera setup, HMD has moved from using one RGB and one monochrome sensor to using a wide and a telephoto lens fixed at 2X zoom- a similar configuration to the Galaxy S9 Plus or the iPhone X

You can take decent photos with the Nokia 8 Sirocco when lighting conditions are great and your hands are steady, but we weren't impressed much when it came to quickly shooting a photo or under tricky lighting conditions which, almost always, resulted in blurry or dark shots.

The good news is the return of the Pro mode on the camera app which was considered the best camera UI in Nokia's pre-Android days. It allows you to quickly adjust settings like ISO levels, while balance and shoot in macro, and if you put in the time and effort, results in great shots.

The 5MP front-facing camera takes adequate selfies, and like last year's Nokia 8 supports 'bothies' that allows you to capture photos and videos from both the front and back cameras and live stream them to Facebook or YouTube.

Coming to videos, you have the option to record in 4K or full HD and use the three built-in mics to capture audio using Nokia's OZO technology.

Camera samples

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Abbas Jaffar Ali

Abbas has been living and breathing technology before phones became smart or clouds started storing data. He also has commitment issues towards mobile phones.

Driven by tech and passion, he has successfully negotiated into bringing the largest gaming and tech publications to the Middle East that include IGN, CNET and TechRadar.