Strong Sirocco breeze blows in from Nokia

Nokia has announced a powered-up version of its 8800 slider handset called the Sirocco which sports an improved 2MP camera.  Let’s start with the

Nokia has announced a powered-up version of its 8800 slider handset called the Sirocco which sports an improved 2MP camera.  

Let’s start with the most important question – what the hell is a sirocco? Apparently, it’s a strong, dusty wind that originates in the Sahara and sweeps across the Mediterranean. Right.

Equally confusing is what’s happened to the indent on the front, which looks as though it’s taken a direct hit from a mallet.

Still, there is one improvement. The camera, a woefully inadequate VGA affair on the first model, has been upped to 2MP, which is the least you should expect from a handset that could cost more than £450 SIM-free from Carphone Warehouse.

The other features remain the same, with Bluetooth, MP3 ringtones and the rather lovely 262k-colour screen all present and correct. You’re likely to forgive the Sirocco’s rudimentary features list once you feel its satisying heft in your palm but, like the Aston Martin edition, it’s strictly for people who can’t quite afford a Vertu.

Essentials

Nokia 8800 Sirocco

Price: £TBA

On sale: September

Contact: Nokia

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