HMD Global is intent on keeping its smartphone lineup fresh and on that note, the company is regularly making upgrades to its existing product portfolio.
The latest development from the Finnish phone manufacturer is the unveil of three new smartphones that lie in the entry level segment as well as in the budget-oriented lower mid-range segment. The new phones are Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 2.1. The 5.1 and 3.1 are Android One phones while the 2.1 comes with the Go Edition Android OS.
Upgrade over the original Nokia 5, the Nokia 5.1 gets the 5.5-inch IPS LCD display which delivers Full HD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels) resolution. With less bodywork at the top and the bottom, the aspect ratio now stands at a more modern 18:9. The body is made out of 6000 series aluminium.
The processor is a MediaTek Helio P18 (compared to Snapdragon 430 in Nokia 5) clocked at 2.0 GHz along with the RAM options of 2 GB and 3 GB for 16 GB and 32 GB of storage respectively.
There’s single-lens camera at the back with 16 MP lens capable of recording Full HD videos at 30 fps. At the front, there’s an 8 MP lens camera. There’s a 2,970 mAh battery onboard, a microUSB slot and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Nokia 5.1 will be available globally from July at a price of USD $ 219 (EUR 189).
This one gets the upgraded MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor (compared to MT6737 in Nokia 3) along two RAM options – 2 GB & 3 GB – for 16 GB and 32 GB storage respectively. Also, the OS is the Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box.
The IPS LCD display is slightly bigger than before at 5.2 inches with upgraded resolution of 710 x 1440 pixels. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
The main camera is now a 13 MP unit with f2.0 aperture while the front camera is an 8 MP unit. The battery is a 2,990 mAh unit. The Nokia 3.1 will be available from June at a price of USD $ 159 (EUR 139).
While the Nokia 5.1 and 3.1 are Android One smartphones (which means they’ll receive confirmed OS updates for next 2 years), the Nokia 2.1 comes with the Go Edition Android Oreo which is the lighter version of the standard Android Oreo.
Out of the three, Nokia 2.1 is the only one to come with a Qualcomm processor – Snapdragon 425 – along with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. There’s an 8 MP camera at the back and a 5 MP snapper at the front. The battery is a generous 4,000 mAh unit. It should deliver impressive battery life given the Go Edition is a lighter software along with all the native apps similarly programmed.
Keep watching this space for more information about the availability of these phones in the Indian market and about other budget smartphones of 2018 as well.