HMD unveils Nokia True Wireless and Pro Wireless earphones while keeping jack around

HMD unveils Nokia True Wireless and Pro Wireless earphones while keeping jack around
Try as you might, you simply cannot fault HMD Global for hesitating to release a truly high-end Nokia-branded smartphone. Not when the mid-range Nokia 7.1 provides such great bang for your buck, with no less than four other phones looking at swift Android 9 Pie updates after the 7 Plus has already made the jump.

HMD is also getting in the wireless headphones business today, unveiling not one, but two different cable-free audio products. That’s despite the fact the Nokia 7.1 still comes with a traditional 3.5 mm jack, mind you.

Basically, instead of forcing you to pick up either the True Wireless earbuds or Pro Wireless earphones, Nokia Mobile is merely offering you a convenient alternative to the conventional, wired music-listening experience.

Because comparisons are inevitable, let’s start by pointing out the obvious - the Nokia True Wireless earbuds are black, so they’re technically not AirPods clones. Just kidding, their overall distinctive design and matching dark and handsome carrying case shaped like a tall cylinder should make sure no cloning accusations are filed.

The tiny earbuds weigh in at only 5 grams each, promising a solid 3.5 hours of playback or 4 hours of talk time endurance between charges, numbers that can be easily boosted to 14 and 16 hours respectively with the help of the aforementioned case. 

That’s not quite as impressive as the over 24 hours of listening time boasted by the AirPods charging case, but the Nokia True Wireless have a couple of other things going for them, including sweat and splash resistance, as well as easy Universal Bluetooth 5.0 setup.

Priced at €129 for a vague European release taking place in November, they will be joined to market by a cheaper €69 Nokia Pro Wireless headset billed as the “perfect companion for your commute” rather than the “perfect companion for your smartphone.”

The Pro Wireless earphones come with a 27.5 cm cord and 45 cm neckband, weighing a reasonable 45 grams and providing up to 10 hours of audio playback from a single charge, no heavy lifting needed.

Resistant to sweat and splashes, these puppies are equipped with advanced Qualcomm aptX technology for HD sound, vibrating to alert you of incoming calls, as well as ending calls or pausing music if you remove the smart magnetic earbuds and clip them together. Pretty neat and affordable, huh?

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