Nokia had introduced five smartphones during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month, and the most powerful of them, the Nokia 8 Sirocco, is now available for purchase in China. China is actually the first market this smartphone has been made available, which is not surprising considering that HMD manufactures Nokia-branded smartphone, and that is a Chinese company owned by Foxconn. Having said that, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is scheduled to arrive in Europe at the beginning of April, and it will cost €749 once it does.
In any case, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is priced at 4,699 Yuan ($750 / €600) in China, and it is available from one of the country’s largest retailers, JingDong Mall (JD.com). As you can see, the device is considerably more affordable in China than it will be in Europe, €149 more affordable, which is quite a difference. The Chinese variant of the Nokia 8 Sirocco actually lacks Google Services in China, which is not surprising at all, though this is still an Android One handset, and it comes with Android Oreo out of the box. The Nokia 8 Sirocco, as already mentioned, is the most powerful handset HMD introduced in Barcelona last month, it edges out the Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 1, and the Nokia 8110 4G. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is fueled by the same SoC as the Nokia 8, the Snapdragon 835, though it’s considerably different than the Nokia 8, as it is made out of metal and glass, it sports a curved P-OLED display, and and it comes with considerably thinner bezels than the Nokia 8.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco features a 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) P-OLED panel, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. The device is IP67 certified for water and dust resistance, while a 3,260mAh non-removable battery is also a part of this package. Two 12-megapixel snappers are included on the back of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, while a single 5-megapixel camera sits on the front side of the device. A fingerprint scanner is included on the back of the phone, while the device comes in both single and dual SIM variants, and it is only 7.5mm thick, in case you were wondering. If you’d like to take a closer look at the Nokia 8 Sirocco, check out our hands-on coverage from MWC.