Nokia is making waves once more in the Android territory with a collection of new phones. The announcements were made at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, just like so many other smartphone introductions. HDM Global, Nokia’s parent company from Norway, has let people wonder about a handful of new Nokia phones including a very peculiar candidate in their 2018 lineup. Here’s everything to know.
Nokia’s 2018 Android lineup consists of a revamped Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 1, and flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco. All four devices will come with Android Oreo out-of-the-box, so that these handsets will include improved notifications, battery improvements, picture-in-picture mode, adaptive icons, and system-wide auto-fill. Nokia’s near-stock interface is important as it should keep the device performing smoothly and shorten the time it takes for software developers to update the operating system, as there are fewer changes to be made to the device. The exterior is what separates the Nokia 8 Sirocco, new Nokia 6 and Nokia 7 Plus apart from the Nokia 1. The higher-end models have a more premium feel and charge via USB Type-C, while the Nokia 1 is made of polycarbonate and uses microUSB to charge. All have power and volume controls along the sides, stereo speakers, and a headphone jack up top.
The Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco triad are part of Google’s Android One program. This means they’re affordable, well-made smartphones with up-to-date software that run a lighter version of the Android OS. According to the company, this will be a norm moving forward, so expect more Android One devices from Nokia down the line. As for the Nokia 1, it is an Android Go device on Android 8.1 Oreo. In a nutshell, it’s Android designed for lower-end devices. Google apps have been replaced with Go apps, which take up less space, use less data, and are easy on the processor. The use of this platform by manufacturers is still somewhat limited, and varies by region. Unfortunately, from what we know, there’s no Quick Charging nor is there a microSD card slot for storage expansion or Dual SIM on any of the devices.
To start with the Nokia 8 Sirocco, this is the company’s curved-edge flagship with a lot of nifty features like dual Zeiss cameras for the rear, a 5.5-inch POLED display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB of storage, 3,260mAh battery, IP67 water and dust rating, and Gorilla Glass 5. Going back to the dual cameras, we have a 12MP sensor and a secondary 13MP sensor, which can take 2x optical zoom as well. The handset comes with a dual amplifier stereo speaker setup that includes Dolby Atmos, which should make for a great listening experience too. The model will be sold for a whopping $924 USD, which to be honest, is far out range for me and probably most of you as well. There’s just one color, which is Black as shown above.
Next up we have the revamped Nokia 6. The updates on the new phone include USB Type-C charging capabilities, a faster Snapdragon 630 SoC, and an improved 2.5D 5.5-inch display with Corning Gorilla glass. The model has 3GB or 4GB of RAM, depending on the storage model you choose, a 16MP rear-facing camera, NFC for making payments, and a fingerprint reader. Price-wise, this model will set you back $344, which is not bad at all for a handset of this caliber and may give competing brands a fight. It’ll come in choice of Black, Blue or White.
The Nokia 7 Plus is also in Nokia’s new collection and has a 6-inch, 18:9 screen with a Full HD resolution. The display ration means that the phone will be less wide, but taller than what most of us are accustomed to with traditional 16:9. It has a 12MP rear camera and a secondary 13MP lens for wide-angle as well as a 3,800mAh battery and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chip. There’s 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a fingerprint scanner. The price of this handset will be nearly $500 when it hits markets. Color options will include White and Black.
Lastly, the Nokia 1 is going to be the company’s entry into the Android Go program, where phones with 1GB of RAM or less will still be given the Android One treatment of timely updates. Also, this phone re-introduces xpress-0n covers, which are Nokia’s notable custom color phone covers from the old days. The device, which will be priced at just $85, has stock Android, a 4.5-inch display, MediaTek MT6737M processor, 8GB of storage, 2,150mAh, and Dual SIM. There’s also a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, just in case you need them. The phone come in Red and Blue colors.
The other peculiar candidate is a throwback to the past with a re-release of the Nokia 8110. The same phone people loved for years way back when will be fitted with a 205 SoC from Qualcomm, 4G, an app store for modern comforts like Google Maps and of course, the game of Snake. The phone comes in choice of Yellow or Black colors and will be available starting in May for about $100.
On paper, these Android smartphones don’t bring anything special, but are worth every penny. Combining near-stock Android with Nokia’s technical know-how should result in great, inexpensive devices. With the latest version of Android included, it seems Nokia is trying its hardest to make amends for going down the Windows Phone route all those years ago! All four smartphones described in this post will go up for sale globally, beginning this April. Nokia will showcase the devices at its booth all week-long, so stop by to have a look if you’re in Barcelona. We’ll update this post with more information as we get it.
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SOURCE [HMD Global]