HMD Global, who manages all Nokia branded devices, announced a collection of Smartphones at MWC 2018 this year, all with one thing in common, Android One. Thanks to Android One, the devices will always be running a quickly up to date version of Android, with a more or less Stock experience out of the box, all things which are incredibly positive selling points going forward.
However, unlike Nokia’s previous Android efforts, it’s finally announced a Smartphone with some flagship guts, THIS is the Nokia 8 Sirocco!
Nokia 8 Sirocco
You’d be forgiven for thinking many things when you see the Nokia 8 “Sirocco Edition”, not to be confused with the normal Nokia 8, for one that it’s not a Samsung, and two that it’s not a smaller dual-Camera variant of the Pixel 2 XL, and the more we talk about it, the more you’ll see why. But, there’s no denying this a great looking Smartphone, with great build and a pretty modern looking design with conforms to all of Nokia’s previous. It’s also the first Nokia device running Android to finally get some flagship guts inside!
The display on the Nokia 8 Sirocco is a 5.5 inch P-OLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and a sleek curved design and Gorilla Glass 5. Inside you’ll find the Snapdragon 835 processor, backed up with 4GB. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is also a dual-Camera Smartphone, supporting the Telephoto approach, with it’s 12MP f/1.75 main Camera and a 13MP f/2.6 Camera. Up front, you’ve a more than ample 16MP front Camera.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco does away with the headphone jack, which may not please everyone, but definitely looks like a Smartphone with flagship guts, however at €749, it may be a big ask for a Smartphone with 2017 flagship specs to really make a big impact. Time will tell, though at least you can’t deny it’s an impressive looking Smartphone.
Nokia also announced a phablet upgrade to the Nokia 7, with the Nokia 7 Plus, and it’s looking like a pretty decent upgrade as well.
Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus is a big 6 inch behemoth, however one absent of any OLED technology, this is an IPS LCD display, though supporting the pretty decent 2160 x 1080 18:9 aspect ratio, a display which can pump out 500-nits as well, so very decent brightness for a price point, which is actually pretty decent at €399!
Despite the fairly decent price, its clear this is a premium mid-ranger, but a powerful one with the latest Snapdragon 660 processor, which is backed up by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. But, think about this for a second, a Snapdragon 660, a fairly battery efficient processor, paired with a massive 3800mAh battery, you know this is going to be a Smartphone to last you days, and that’s exactly what Nokia are going for with the Nokia 7 Plus. You’ve great performance and a battery that lasts!
As you may be able to tell from the press image, the Nokia 7 Plus is also a dual-Camera Smartphone, supporting the Telephoto approach, with it’s 12MP f/1.75 main Camera and a 13MP f/2.6 Camera. Up front, you’ve a more than ample 5MP front Camera.
The Nokia 7 Plus will go on sale, like the 8 Sirocco this coming April.
Nokia 6 2018
The term minor update springs to mind when we run through the 2018 variant of the Nokia 6, though it does have many decent upgrades going for it.
The one we’re impressed to see is the inclusion of Wireless Charging, which is great to see on a Smartphone price around the €279 price point. The Nokia 6 (2018) is also now an Android One Smartphone, meaning it will get updates fast, and run Stock Android like a breeze with backing from Google.
The more notable change will be the upgrade to the Snapdragon 630, which should bring 60 percent faster performance from the previous Nokia 6. Other than that however, the phone is the same Nokia 6, with a bit of upgrades inside.
This is what you call a barebones Smartphone announcement, this is the Nokia 1. The Nokia 1 is a Smartphone that let’s be honest, you or me, aren’t going to have much interest in, if at all, it’s a basic very low end Smartphone aimed at those who honestly just want something that works, which explains why it’s an Android Go offering.
Android Go, for those wondering, is an effort by Google, to allow Android to run on very low end hardware, with optimised versions of all Android software to accommodate the lower end hardware, to attract Smartphones to low price markets. Which brings us to our first problem with the Nokia 1, it’s $85. Ok, that may not sound expensive, but there’s lower priced existing Android One offerings which outperform this, so it will be interesting if the Nokia brand alone will sell this in it’s key markets.
The device features a 4.5 inch display, which is IPS at least, 854 x 480 display, a Mediatek quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB Storage. The device also ticks the usual boxes required, with dual-SIM support and a removable 2150mAh battery. Camera wise, their is two of them, a 5MP on the back and 2MP up front, though naturally don’t expect to take much photos with them.
Nokia 8110 4G
With the success of the Nokia 3310, Nokia have decided to re-born yet another classic Smartphone, in this case the Nokia 8110, original shown above. You’ll be thankful to know that’s not what the new Nokia 8110 4G looks like, though does follow a lot of it’s tricks.
One thing which does remain the same, the Nokia 8110 4G, despite having 4G capabilities, is definitely still a feature phone (or dumb phone). Whilst being priced at €79 may be quite the asking price, it does give those who still require a durable feature phone another option by Nokia. The device still features a slide down reveal keyboard, and runs the same software the reborn Nokia 3310 does, so expect some Snake on there as well.