The Nokia 8 Sirocco launched at the high price of €750. It has come down quite a bit since then – for example, it’s €520 on Amazon.fr. It’s similarly discounted in the UK too, down to £440. But that’s not the strange part.
If you hit “Buy now” on your regional Nokia.com site, you get redirected back to the homepage. Not to mention that the prices shown on the official site are way off what local retailers are offering.
That’s not quite the case in India – the indicated price is lower (INR 37,000) than Flipkart’s (INR 50,000), but hitting the buy button still disappoints. It’s not a weird redirect this time, you just get “currently not available”.
So, has HMD discontinued the Sirocco? It certainly seems so. And while it’s sad to see a phone venture off into oblivion, this is the cycle of life – one phone dies, another is born.
In this case, we’re perhaps looking at the Nokia 8.1, which graced Geekbench with a Snapdragon 710 chipset. Seems a bit of a downgrade, doesn’t it? Even compared to the vanilla Nokia 8 it replaces. But the Sirocco model deserves to be swapped out for a proper flagship – like the Nokia 9 and the reborn PureView moniker.