Well, the wait is finally over as HMD Global pulled wraps off its 2018 Android-powered Nokia smartphones. After introducing 11 mobile phones last year, HMD is back again for second innings this year. During the event, the company said that HMD Global is now the leading feature phone brand across the globe and even shipped 70 million Nokia devices in 2017. That’s a staggering number. And the company is ready to expand its product lineup in 2018 starting with the Nokia 1, Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco.
As it was rumoured for a long time, the Nokia 1 is the company’s Android Go smartphone as it ships with Android Oreo (Go Edition). The Nokia 1 comes at a global price of $85 (approx. Rs 5,500) and features entry-level hardware. The Nokia 1 ships with a 4.5-inch WVGA display and it comes with swappable backs as part of the company’s Xpress-On trademark filing.
Nokia 6 (2018)
As everyone expected, the Nokia 6 (2018) just became global. The smartphone was launched in China last month, and it offers solid mid-range hardware. It has a 5.5-inch Full HD display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset. It boots Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and is backed by a 3000mAh battery. It has a single 16MP camera at the back and comes in different RAM, storage options. Nokia also added Face Unlock feature to the Nokia smartphones. And it features wireless charging alongside the standard charging. The new Nokia 6 will be available in three colours and will be available starting April 2018 at a global price of 279 Euro (approx. Rs 22,200).
Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus is the company’s first 18:9 display smartphone as it has a 6-inch Full HD display. It features a similar design as the Nokia 6 (2018) and comes with different shades for the camera module. It’s fair to say that the Nokia 7 Plus is one of the best-looking devices out there available in the market.
It is powered by the Snapdragon 660 chipset and has Adreno 612 GPU under the hood. The 7 Plus is promised to offer two days worth of battery life. It has a fingerprint scanner located at the rear along with a dual camera setup at the back. The primary camera is paired to a secondary telephoto camera. HMD Global also introduced a Pro camera and all the Nokia devices with Zeiss optics will get this feature.
The Finnish company also come up with a new Nokia Imaging Suite feature which is the company’s take on Artificial Intelligence for selfies. The Nokia 7 Plus will also be available starting April at a global price of 399 Euro (approx. Rs 31,000). It is backed by a 3800mAh battery.
Nokia 8 Sirocco
And here comes another surprise. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is the company’s flagship smartphone, and it comes with a stainless steel body with diamond cuts. The Sirocco is also IP68 water and dust certified and comes with wireless charging support. Like the other two smartphones, the Sirocco will also be available starting April 2018.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco also ships with dual camera setup at the back with the secondary sensor being a telephoto lens. The phone comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, but it’s powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC. The global retail price of the Nokia 8 Sirocco is the 749 Euro (approx. Rs 60,000).
HMD Global-Google Partnership
HMD Global also extended its partnership with Google and said that all the Nokia smartphones will join Google’s Android One program, making it the biggest partnership in the Android history ever. More details on this partnership will follow soon.
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