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Nokia 8 Sirocco: The most unique phone you can buy

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is coming to the Mzansi. This device has an uncommon collection of specifications to it – one we’re not used to rolling with here in the South. It begins with a 5.5-inch edge-to-edge curved pOLED 2K resolution display “in a compact form that nestles perfectly in any hand.”

This device is, as Nokia suggests, “luxuriously weighted to perfectly balance in your hand and comfort.” This I cannot wait to experience. Imagine a smartphone that’s balanced for weight. Like a fine samurai sword, one that you can just TELL is amazing. Just from holding it.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is made with a frame that’s milled from a single piece of stainless steel. This device’s frame is “2.5 times stronger than 6000 series aluminum,” says Nokia. In the same vein as the luxury described above, this device has a “Full 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 body [that] curves around on all sides of the stainless-steel chassis for beauty and strength.”

That glass covers “more than 95% of the device” – which sounds extremely breakable right out the gate. But we shall see. This device also has an ultra-slim 7.5mm profile and has a 2mm edge with “dual-diamond polished stainless-steel chamfers for the perfect grip.”

The back-facing camera setup on this device includes 12MP and 13MP cameras at its back. One is a 12MP wide-angle camera with 2L7, 1.4um pixels, 2PD, f/1.75, and a FOV of 78″. The second camera back there is 13-megapixels strong with a few features of its own: Tele, 3M3, 1.0um pixels, f/2.6, FOV 47.3″, and it has a dual-tone flash to boot.

Up front is a single 5-megapixel camera with 2x optical zoom and an “ultra-sensitive” wide-angle lens with 84 degree FOV. This device has 3 microphones with which users can capture audio with high dynamic range. That includes capture from “the quietist whisper to the loudest rock concert in stunning 24-bit audio.”

This machine has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform (including processor) and 6GB LPPDDR4x RAM. Inside is 128GB USF2.1 storage. Which is good, because there’s no microSD card slot, scandalously! This device also has a 3260mAh battery inside with Qi-standard wireless charging compliance. This device is 140.93 x 72.97 x 7.5mm, and it’ll roll with Android Oreo right out the gate.

At this time, the Nokia 8 Sirocco will only be coming to us in single-SIM iterations. And it’ll be available in any colour you like, just so long as it’s black. You’ll be able to get this machine  for around R499.00/month x 24 months on Post-Paid Operator deals or from R 12 999.00 prepaid on 7 May 2018. 

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.