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  • Nokia 6 2018 is now official in China

    The first Nokia-branded smartphone under HMD Global was the Nokia 6, having made its debut a year ago in China. Now, the Nokia 6 2018 model has been revealed in China, packing a few notable upgrades. Spotted on the Chinese version of HMD's website, the 2018 version of the Nokia 6 packs a Snapdragon 630 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of expandable storage, a 5.5-inch full HD LCD screen, USB Type-C and Android 7.1 (an upgrade to Oreo will come afterwards). The Nokia 6 2018 also packs a 16MP f/2.0 (1 micron pixels) main camera and an 8MP f/2.0 selfie...

  • Nokia 8 review: a cheaper flagship (and it shows)

    Apple and Samsung aside, has there ever been more hype around a smartphone than HMD's Nokia 8? The first Nokia-branded flagship since 2014's Lumia 930, the phone sets out to make a statement of note. Eye-catching design? Check. Carl Zeiss branding like the phones of yore? Righto. Powerful internals? Indeed. Pure Android? Do you even need to ask? Let's start with the aesthetics then. It might be the first flagship under HMD, but the Nokia 8 certainly makes a case for fitting right into the Nokia mould. It feels like a Nokia The phone is carved out of a block of aluminium and...

  • Nokia 8: first impressions of Nokia-branded Android flagship

    The Nokia 8 was just launched last month, but it's quickly found its way to South African shores already. Launching last week, the device has an attractive R9499 price tag and quite a few features. We took delivery of our review unit on Friday, so what do we make of the smartphone thus far? Read on for our first impressions... What's in the box? Crack open the package and you'll be greeted by the smartphone and all the requisite accessories. So that means earphones, SIM tool, USB Type C cable and the charger. It's simple and to the point, while not skimping on...

  • Don’t get your hopes up for ‘Nokia’ smartphones

    News broke last week that the Nokia 3310 would be returning at Mobile World Congress this month, sending the internet into a frenzy. We've seen few details for this tribute device though, but the US$59 price tag suggests either an entry-level smartphone or a high-end feature phone. Either way, consumers are undoubtedly expecting a durable design and long battery life. But one thing bears repeating: this isn't quite the Nokia you know and love. Nokia, the parent company of Nokia Oyj (which was sold to Microsoft) reached a deal with HMD Global last year for the Nokia name to be used on smartphones...

  • Nokia’s new Android phone is nothing more than a beautiful fan concept

    Who said Nokia is down for the count in the smartphone world? We've had a steady stream of rumours suggesting the legendary Finnish marque is returning to the world of small screens, and while the Nokia C1 might be a brilliant example of what it could do if it tried, it's not tangible in any way, shape or form. Unfortunately, the C1 is only an imaginative render by Kim Wayne depicting the perfect, modern Nokia. For one, we're smitten. In short, it's a product we would love to, but probably won't see the company construct. Nevertheless, the handset, if it were...

  • Nokia’s 12 greatest mobile phone hits through the years

    Remember a few weeks ago when Nokia rubbished rumours that it was to return to the smartphone business this year? Well, it seems that the company wasn't exactly telling the truth. In a recent interview, current Nokia Rajeev Suri suggested that the company is looking for suitors to reinvigorate its once-firm grip on the mobile phone space. In case you don't remember this bygone era, or weren't born in the Nineties, practically everyone owned a Nokia at one point or another whether it be the indestructible 3310 or the more serious multimedia monsters of the N-Series. Nokia's most recent device -- the...

  • Nokia’s planning a smartphone renaissance, according to new report

    After former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop left Microsoft this week, there have been rumours abound suggesting that Nokia might be organising a little reunion, and return to the smartphone business altogether. Even though this was labeled as nonsense just a few weeks ago by the company, an interview published in Germany's Manager Magazin (spotted by Reuters) suggests that it's absolutely a possibility. Nokia (at least according to current CEO Rajeev Suri) is seriously thinking about a smartphone comeback. "We will look for suitable partners," Suri revealed in the interview. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the...

  • Ware of the Week: Nokia Z Launcher

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile an app that we remembered from its November launch and its creator's recent remarks regarding smartphone hardware -- the Nokia Z Launcher for Android. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Button Savior Nokia has been in the news recently, with sources suggesting that the company is plotting a shock return to the mobile phone market it dominated in the...

  • Microsoft launches first self-branded phone in South Africa, the Lumia 535

    Microsoft, after much faffing about it must be said, has finally debuted its first non-Nokia branded phone in South Africa. Dubbed the Lumia 535 it will set consumers back around R1699, which is quite steep considering its hardware but it is squarely aimed at the entry-to-mid level market. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset -- the same as found in MTN Steppa 2 smartphone -- is the brains of the outfit while it also comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of microSD-expandable memory and a rather-large-considering 5.0-inch screen. Note the resolution is kept at the 960x540 budget range. Of course, there is an...

  • Nokia 215 is Microsoft’s new $29 ‘internet ready’ feature phone

    Microsoft has announced a new entry level mobile phone to compete against the horde of low cost Android handsets released last year. Interestingly, the new phone wears a Nokia badge. The Nokia 215, dubbed the “most affordable Internet-ready entry level phone yet” by its creator, is aimed at the first time mobile buyers in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe and will go on sale Q1 2015. It's not a smartphone as such and features no fancy Windows Phone OS bells and whistles. As a result, it's priced at just US$29, but it covers the entry level user bases rather...