Mobile World Congress has just kicked off, and HMD Global has surprised us with not one, but five new Nokia phones. The newest offerings have a little something for everyone at varying price points, and it all starts with a feature phone the classic Nokia 8110 which is 4G Banana Shaped Phone With All New Features.
HMD and Google have done a deal to make all of these Nokia devices, as well as other refreshes later this year, Android One devices. While HMD already uses stock Android and issues updates fairly quickly, being on the Android One program means you’ll get updates even faster, as well as the same stock Android experience with no bloatwares.
Here are the highlights from HMD Global’s big event at the Mobile World Congress 2018 held on 26th Feb 2018.
The event has begun. HMD Global CEO takes the stage. He reminds us of Nokia’s comeback at the MWC 2017.
Nokia has introduced as many as 11 new smartphones since its debut at the last year’s MWC.
Consumers love Nokia smartphones, says HMD Global CEO. He points out majority of Nokia customers are youth.
Nokia 3310 has helped HMD Global become one of the top players in the feature phones. The company has shipped 70 million units in last one year.
HMD Global CEO hints at launch of another classic Nokia feature phone that is Nokia 8110 4G.
Nokia 8110 makes a comeback. The feature phone sports a colourful plastic body.
Nokia 8110 redux comes with Wi-Fi hotspot. It has 4G support. It will be available in May at starting price of 79 Euro, which is approximately Rs 6,300 in INR ₹.
HMD Global launches Nokia 1, Entry-level Android smartphone.
Nokia 1 runs on Android Go (Oreo) edition, Google’s customised Android OS for emerging markets like India. Nokia 1 is also the first Android Go smarthone.
The smartphone will be available from April 2018.
Nokia phones join Google’s Android One platform. The affiliation will help Nokia roll out security updates faster.
The Nokia 8810 redux features a slider design.
New Nokia 6 unveiled. The smartphone also comes with dual-camera set up and Face Unlock feature. It has Snapdragon 630 processor for better performance.
New Nokia 6 will be available globally from April 2018. The smartphone is priced at 279 Euros.
Nokia 7 Plus debuts with an edge-to-edge display. This is HMD Global’s first bezel-less phone. It i s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.
Nokia 8110 4G feature phone specifications: Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform (MSM8905 Dual Core 1.1 GHz), 512MB LPDDR3 RAM, 4GB eMMC internal memory, 2.4-inch QVGA display, curved display and 2MP rear camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.1, GPS/AGPS, micro USB 2.0, 3.5mm AV jack. It is powered by a 1,500mAh battery.
Nokia 7 Plus will be available from April 2018 at 399 Euros.
Nokia 8 Sirocco debuts with premium design. It has dual-edge display. It comes with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance.
HMD Global and Google announce a big partnership on Android One. Google’s Android One programme made a big comeback last year with a partnership with Xiaomi. Mi A1 is one of the most popular under Rs 15,000 smartphones in India.
Nokia 8 Sirocco will be eligible for the latest Android updates, including Google’s next big Android iteration, Android P.
Just a recap, all new Nokia smartphones will be Android One-compatible.
That’s all from the Nokia event at MWC 2018. HMD Global unveiled Nokia 8810 4G, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, new Nokia 6 and Nokia 1.
Price And Availability:
Nokia 8 Sirocco will be available from early April for a global average retail price of €749.
Nokia 7 Plus will be available from early April for a global average retail price of €399.
New Nokia 6 will be available from May for a global average retail price of €279.
Nokia 1 will be available from early April for a global average retail price of $85.
Nokia 8110 will be available from May for a global average retail price of €79.