Even Nokia Drops The Headphone Jack With The Nokia 8 Sirocco, But It Still Seems Excellent

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HMD has finally unveiled the Nokia 8 Sirocco, a drastic update to last year’s Nokia 8. It’s got a curved glass display, dual cameras, flagship-levels specs, but no headphone jack.   ( HMD Global )

HMD-owned Nokia has just unveiled a bunch of smartphones during the Mobile World Congress, one of them the gorgeous looking Nokia 8 Sirocco, an upgraded version of the Nokia 8 with some pretty significant design changes.

Right off the bat, HMD has opted to make the phone a whopping 95 percent glass, with the display now curving to the side similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8. The company really wanted to reduce the phone's bezels as much as possible, so it's moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone, and the home button and navigation keys for that matter.

The Verge says it feels small, light, and thin as a result of the drastic design changes. For some, the curved display might take some getting used to, but it certainly gives the illusion of a larger "infinite" display.

Nokia 8 Sirocco Specs

Its specs put the Nokia 8 Sirocco up there with the best flagships — of 2017, that is. A disappointing aspect of the phone is its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, given that 845 seems to be the new normal for 2018, but nevertheless, it's still a powerful top-of-the-line chip, so probably only a few will complain.

The phone gets 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The 5.5.-inch pOLED screen boasts a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. On the back is a dual camera system including a 12-megapixel primary shooter and Zeiss optics. The selfie camera is disappointingly only 5 megapixels, though it's wide-angle, so more people can squeeze in for a photograph. HMD says the phone will come with "bothie" mode support, a feature that lets users take two photos using the front and rear shooters simultaneously.

Nokia Drops The Headphone Jack

Because HMD wanted the phone to be as thin as possible, it unfortunately decided to remove the headphone jack altogether, which is sure to anger some fans who thought Nokia won't cross over to the dark side. There's a USB C-to-3.5 mm adapter included in the box, though.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco will launch this coming April and will cost €749 — about $920. That puts it close to the iPhone X's $999 price point, it's worth noting.

What do you think about the Nokia 8 Sirocco? Is going for a curved display a good design choice by Nokia? As always, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!

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