Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Nokia 8 Sirocco

Some phone makers, notably Huawei and LG, have yet to announce their 2018 flagship phones but if you're trying to choose between the Xperia XZ2 and Nokia 8 Sirocco, we're here to help.

Both have their strengths and weaknesses, and we explain how the stack up against each other in terms of their specs, features and design.

Price & availability

The Sony Xperia XZ2 is available to buy now from Carphone Warehouse at £699. It's also available from Vodafone and O2It costs $799 in the US.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco will cost less, with the company confirming an EU price of 749€. Sadly you cannot assume this will translate to £600/US$920, though we expect it will be less than the XZ2.

Features and design

Both phones have upped their game in terms of design, but it's Nokia which is the clear winner in our opinion. Sony has done a nice job of making the XZ2 look good from the back with a curved glass rear, but that's hardly unique: plenty of phones have those.

At the front, there are still chunky top and bottom bezels compared to rivals. They may be smaller than before, but not enough to offer the wow factor you get with the Nokia. Plus, it's 12mm taller than its rival and surprisingly fat for a modern phone at over 11mm.

Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Nokia 8 Scirocco

The 8 Sirocco's vacuum-moulded curved glass does look and feel great but it's hard not to immediately conclude that Nokia has produced a Galaxy S8/S9 clone rather than coming up with its own design. Whatever your view, it's good to see Nokia back and slugging it out with the big boys.

Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Nokia 8 Scirocco

Things get a bit tricky for the Sirocco when you put its specs side by side with any similarly priced rival, though. Even the XZ2, which itself doesn't stack up brilliantly against the Galaxy S9, trumps the Sirocco in several areas including its processor, expandable storage and screen size.

To be fair, the Nokia does have a dual-camera setup at the rear, more on-board storage, more RAM, a higher screen resolution (and an OLED display), a slightly bigger battery and is smaller and thinner.

Specification

Sony Xperia XZ2

Nokia 8 Sirocco

Operating System

Android 8.0 Oreo

Android 8.0 Oreo

Display

5.7in Full HD+ (2160x1080) IPS 18:9

5.5in Quad HD (2560x1440), pOLED 16:9

Processor

Qualcom Snapdragon 845

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Memory

4GB (6GB in some regions inc. UK)

6GB

Storage

64GB, microSD card slot (up to 400GB)

128GB, not expandable

Primary Camera

19MP, f/2.0

12MP wide-angle camera, f/1.7 + 13MP telephoto lens, f/2.6

Front Camera

5Mp

5Mp

Video Recording

4K HDR @ 30fps

4K @ 30fps

WiFi

802.11ac

802.11ac

GPS

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth

5

5 (and ANT+)

NFC

Yes

Yes

Fingerprint scanner

Yes

Yes

Wireless charging

Yes

Yes

3.5mm headphone

No

No

Ports

USB-C

USB-C

Waterproof

IP65/88

IP67

Dimensions

72x153x11.1mm

73x141x7.5mm

Weight

198g

TBC

Battery

3190mAh

3260mAh

Neither phone has a standard headphone jack, but they are both water-resistant and support wireless charging. Both place a fingerprint scanner on the rear and they run the latest version of Android.

A unique feature of the Xperia is Sony's new Dynamic Vibration system. Essentially the same as you'll find in the DualShock 4 PlayStation controller, the phone vibrates in games and when watching video or listening to music. It's the kind of thing that some people will call a gimmick, while others will love it.

Cameras

Photography is often where phone makers try to differentiate their phones and it's no different with this pair.

Nokia has gone for a dual-camera arrangement with a secondary 2x telephoto lens and Zeiss branding. The assembly protrudes like the iPhone 8 Plus' but it's mounted vertically in the centre.

Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Nokia 8 Scirocco

Early indications are that the cameras are capable of taking great pictures including portrait photos with a depth effect, and we're also glad Nokia has brought back the old Pro Camera mode from its older Lumia phones. This has a selection of manual controls and should be a decent shooting experience.

Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Nokia 8 Scirocco

Nokia is also making much of its trio of microphones for HDR audio recording. Their ability to record sound up to 132dB should be good news for those to record live bands and aircraft at take-off.

Sony has opted for a single camera and no depth effect, instead focusing on video features. For example, the 960fps ultra-slo-mo can now record at 1080p on the XZ2 rather than 720p. And it will capture 4K in HDR. There's still no support for 4K at 60fps, though.

Its other USP is 3D Creator: you scan yourself with the rear or front camera to create a 3D model which you can then print or post on Facebook.

Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Nokia 8 Scirocco

Around the front, both phones have a 5Mp selfie camera - pretty low resolution for flagship devices, we think.

Software

This is another area where the 8 Sirocco and XZ2 are level-pegging. They both run AndroidOne which means that they have stock Oreo with the interface as Google intended it.

It also guarantees two years of upgrades to the latest Android version.

Sony Xperia XZ2: Specs

  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.7in Full HD+ HDR 18:9 touchscreen
  • Qualcom Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • microSD card slot (up to 400GB)
  • Rear camera: 19MP, video up to 4K HDR
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Fingerprint sensor (rear)
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE
  • Single nano-SIM
  • USB-C (USB 3.1)
  • 3190mAh non-removable battery
  • 72x153x11.1mm
  • 198g
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.7in Full HD+ HDR 18:9 touchscreen
  • Qualcom Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • microSD card slot (up to 400GB)
  • Rear camera: 19MP, video up to 4K HDR
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Fingerprint sensor (rear)
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE
  • Single nano-SIM
  • USB-C (USB 3.1)
  • 3190mAh non-removable battery
  • 72x153x11.1mm
  • 198g

SHOULD I BUY SONY XPERIA XZ2?

Choosing between the XZ2 and 8 Sirocco isn't easy, though if budget is your primary concern then the Nokia will be cheaper.

You may also prefer the 8 Sirocco's design and higher-resolution pOLED screen, as well as its dual cameras.

However, it has last year's processor and - if pricing rumours are right about the Sirocco - you'll be able to buy a Galaxy S9, albeit with its single rear camera, for the same money.

The XZ2 is ultimately the more disappointing phone. It isn't down to specs but design. 

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