Galaxy S9 vs. Nokia 8 Sirocco specs: The two flashiest phones at MWC 2018

With its luxe looks and barely-there bezel, Nokia's latest marquee phone managed to steal some of the Galaxy S9's spotlight.

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Unless your company is Samsung , it can be hard to grab any real attention at the world's largest mobile industry trade show known as MWC 2018. Samsung's habit of debuting its marquee phone, this year known as the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, to much fanfare has a tendency to take up most of the tech headlines during the show's week long running.

But every so often, another company does steal the spotlight. Nokia did it last year with its relaunch of the beloved 3310 phone. And it managed to do it again this year by launching another reboot of its banana-shaped 8110 phone and the 8 Sirocco, the latter of which serves as the company's high-end flagship.

Watch this: Curved glass makes the flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco look great

The 8 Sirocco is a sleek phone with a stainless-steel frame, a glass back and thin bezels. It runs the lighter Android One OS and is equipped with a 5.5-inch screen, a waterproof design and dual rear cameras.

To see how the 8 Sirocco stacks up against the new Galaxy phone spec-by-spec, check out the chart below. And for more information, be sure to read CNET's Nokia 8 Sirocco hands-on.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs. Nokia 8 Sirocco

Samsung Galaxy S9Nokia 8 Sirocco
Display size, resolution 5.8-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 570ppi534ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.81x2.70x0.33 in5.55x2.87x0.30 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 147.7x68.7x8.5 mm140.93x72.97x7.5 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.75 oz; 163gTBD
Mobile software Android 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.0 Oreo One
Camera 12-megapixel12-megapixel (standard), 13-megapixel telephoto
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel5-megapixel
Video capture 4KTBD
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz), or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (2.36 GHz + 1.9GHz)
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB128GB
Expandable storage Up to 400GB256GB
Battery 3,000mAh3,260mAh
Fingerprint sensor BackBack
Connector USB-CUSB-C
Headphone jack YesTBD
Special features Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanningWater-resistant (IP67); wireless charging
Price off-contract (USD) Varies: $720-$800About $925
Price (GBP) £739About £660
Price (AUD) AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,349 (256GB)AU$1,199

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