Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Nokia 8 Sirocco full review

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 costs less, now available from all major UK retailers at £649. Those who order from before 14 June will also get a free Google Home Mini.

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.


Sony Xperia XZ2

Nokia 8 Sirocco

Operating System

Android 8.0 Oreo

Android 8.0 Oreo


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

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


Qualcom Snapdragon 845

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835


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



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



Video Recording

4K HDR @ 30fps

4K @ 30fps









5 (and ANT+)




Fingerprint scanner



Wireless charging



3.5mm headphone


















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.


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.


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.


Nokia 8 Sirocco: Specs

  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.5in Quad HD display, pOLED
  • Dual curved edge display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 12MP wide-angle rear-facing camera with f/1.75 + 13MP telephoto lens with f/2.6
  • 5MP wide-angle front camera with f/2.0
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE Cat 12
  • USB-C
  • 3260mAh non-removable battery
  • Wireless charging
  • IP67 dust & waterproof rating
  • 73x141x7.5mm

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