HMD Global announced four new smartphones at MWC 2018 even though the company didn’t tease much of anything leading up to today. The company behind Nokia-branded mobile devices announced the Nokia 8 Siricco, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6, and Nokia 1. All of them belong to one of two Google-run programs that encourage clean, smooth software experiences.
The lineup makes HMD Global come across as the sole provider of the phones with stock Android but not Pixel-level prices.
Since rebooting the Nokia brand, HMD Global’s released just one flagship. That’s the Nokia 8. Now it’s been repackaged as the Nokia 8 Sirocco to have upgraded specifications, an improved design, and the cleanest flavor of Oreo you’ll find.
Compared to its predecessor, this phone is faster and lasts longer on a single charge. The Nokia 8 Sirocco features a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) pOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 12MP and 13MP rear cameras with two-tone flash, a 5MP front-facing camera, a 3260mAh battery with wireless charging, a fingerprint scanner, and Android 8.0 Oreo.
HMD Global impressively changed the way the Nokia 8 is made. For the Nokia 8 Sirocco, the company switched to a body that’s 95% vacuum-molded glass. The edges of the display are also curved and the bezels above and below the display are thinner.
A lot went into creating the Nokia 8 Sirocco, and that’s why it’s priced at $920. It’s just unclear which markets will see this beast when HMD Global releases it in early April.
The Nokia 7 Plus was hyped leading up to the unveiling. Again, this is another phone that’s been refreshed in 2018. But now it’s also enrolled in Android One, which means Google handles everything about the software. That’s good if you’re tired of waiting a long time to get boosted to the latest version of Android.
Aside from the thin top and bottom bezels with curved corners, the inside of the Nokia 7 Plus is also attractive. It features a 6-inch Full HD+ (2160×1080) IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 12MP and 13MP rear cameras with two-tone flash, a 3800mAh battery, a fingerprint scanner, and Android 8.0 Oreo.
Clearly this phone is targeting a balance between high-end and mid-range. You’re getting decent internal specs along with stock Android, so the $490 price tag seems perfectly reasonable.
Like the other two, the Nokia 6 belongs to Android One. HMD Global won’t have to worry about software too much since Google will decide when this phone gets over-the-air updates to improve things. The company focused on hardware, and here it’s shipping a phone sitting near the top of the mid-range segment.
We’ve seen the Nokia 6 before. The phone was announced in January, so really this time it’s about the software. Some of the specs include a Snapdragon 600 series processor, 3GB of RAM, a single 16MP camera on the back, a 3000mAh battery, a fingerprint scanner and Android 8.0 Oreo.
The Nokia 6’s price in select markets will come in at around $343.
The Nokia 1 doesn’t belong to Android One. Instead, it’s one of the world’s first Android Oreo (Go Edition) devices.
HMD Global is aiming heavily for consumers needing a functional mobile device at a small price. This phone features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854×480) IPS LCD display, MediaTek’s MT6737M, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2MP front-facing camera, a 2150mAh removable battery, and Android 8.1 Oreo.
Before you scoff at the specs, think about what Android Oreo (Go Edition) sets out to accomplish. It’s a program that optimizes Android for devices with low-end components. Google created customers versions of its apps that run flawlessly on phones like the Nokia 1. Rather than having so many capabilities, these phones and their apps focus on the basics.
The price of the Nokia 1 will be just $85, and HMD Global plans to also sell Xpress-on covers to change the red or blue backs.