Nokia’s second pass at harnessing nostalgia to boost brand recognition, the 8110 4G, may be grabbing headlines, but it’s the four new smartphones the company’s announced the day before Mobile World Congress 2018 kicks off in Barcelona that have us really excited, particularly the devices at the top and bottom of the pile. At the top there’s the Nokia 8 Sirocco, a flagship designed to challenge the likes of Samsung, while at the bottom there’s the ultra-affordable Nokia 1 smartphone.
There’s a lot to take in, so we’re going to break it down by handset and work our way up.
Nokia 1: Budget needn’t mean bad
The Nokia 1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition, a lightweight version of a Google’s mobile operating system optimised for entry-level devices. Under its colourful and interchangeable polycarbonate shell there’s 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 4G antenna and the IPS display is — according to Nokia — very battery efficient.
Nokia 6: If it ain’t broke…
The rear camera now boasts Zeiss optics, the battery offers fast charging (up to 50% charge in 30 minutes via a compatible USB-C cable), and Nokia’s squeezed in its 360º spatial audio recording for good measure. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and 3GB of RAM should also translate into noticeably improved performance.
Nokia 7 Plus: Full-fat features at a low-fat price
Around the back there are dual Zeiss optics cameras, one 12MP and a second 13MP telephoto setup that offers 2x optical zoom. Nokia’s also included its Pro Camera application to enable users to get the most out of the camera setup by putting advanced controls on screen. Adjust setting in the app and you’ll see their effects in realtime.
Nokia 8 Sirocco: A star is born
Curiously, HMD’s opted for last year’s Snapdragon 835 processor instead of this year’s 845 version, but with 6GB of RAM that probably doesn’t matter. Buyers can also look forward to 128GB of storage.
Good enough for Google