Nokia 8 Sirocco vs Nokia 7 Plus vs Nokia 8: Which is better?

We compare the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 smartphones for you to zero in on one of these models.

HMD Global held an event today in India to launch the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus and new Nokia 6 smartphones in the country. These smartphones have been launched for Rs. 49,999, Rs. 25,999 and Rs. 16,999 respectively. While the new Nokia 6 will go on sale on April 6, the other two models will be up for pre-order starting April 20. And, there are many attractive launch offers and cashback offers for the buyers. 

Nokia 8 Sirocco vs Nokia 7 Plus vs Nokia 8: Which is better?

Having said that, here we have come up with a comparison of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8.

Design

Though these Nokia smartphones look sleek and stylish, these live up to their brand name and are durable enough. The Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 8 are crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminum and feature glass at the front protected with Gorilla Glass. The Nokia 7 Plus has copper edges while this is not the case with the Nokia 8. On the other hand, the Nokia 8 Sirocco features a stainless steel frame.

What's more interesting is that the Nokia 8 Sirocco features 95% Gorilla Glass 5 making it resist the knocks and bumps. While the Nokia 8 is IP54 certified for splash resistance, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is IP67 certified for dust and water resistance. The Nokia 8 has a home button at the front that can double as a fingerprint sensor but the other two models embrace the full-screen design trend featuring edge-to-edge displays, so there is no home button on them and the fingerprint sensor is at the rear.

Display

The Nokia 8 Sirocco boasts of a 5.5-inch pOLED display with QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. the Nokia 8 also has a similar resolution and aspect ratio but it is a 5.3-inch IPS LCD panel. The Nokia 7 Plus dominates this segment with its vivid 6-inch IPS LCD display with a FHD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio. However, this smartphone lacks the Always-on functionality available in the Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco.

Hardware

Both the Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco feature an octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC. While the Nokia 8 with 4GB RM and 64GB storage space has been launched in India, the Nokia 8 Sirocco has been launched with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. On the other hand, the Nokia 7 Plus comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC and has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage space. All the three smartphones come with expandable storage support up to 256GB.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco features a 3260mAh battery with support for Qi wireless charging and Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging. The Nokia 8 gets the power from a 3090mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging. The Nokia 7 Plus has a capacious 3800mAh battery with fast charging touted to render two days of backup.

 

Camera

Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus feature a dual-rear camera setup from Zeiss optics comprising of a 12MP primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture and wide-angle lens and a 13MP secondary sensor with 2x optical zoom and f/2.6 aperture. There is dual-tone LED flash along with the rear camera arrangement. At the front, there is a 16MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and Zeiss optics. The Nokia 8 has a dual-rear camera setup with the Carl Zeiss branding.

On the other hand, the Nokia 8 flaunts a 13MP dual-lens rear camera setup with RGB and monochrome sensors along with OIS, PDAF, and f/2.0 aperture. There is a 13MP selfie camera with PDAF, display flash and a similar aperture.

 

Software

The Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and are eligible to get the Android 8.1 Oreo update. The Nokia 8 was launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and has received the Android 8.1 Oreo update. All these smartphones are based on Android One, which gives them a stock Android-like experience.

Verdict

While the Nokia 8 Sirocco is priced at Rs 49,999 and the Nokia 7 Plus is priced at Rs. 25,999, the Nokia 8 smartphone was launched in India for Rs. 36,999. Having said that, the Nokia 7 Plus has a taller and more vivid display. But on the hardware front, the Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco offer a better performance. Of these, the Nokia 8 Sirocco has increased RAM and storage capacities too. The camera specifications are almost similar and all these phones have the Pro camera mode, Face Unlock and Bothie feature. So, the pricing is the major difference and it depends on your budget. Also, if you want a good battery backup, then the Nokia 7 Plus should be your choice among the trio.

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