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All posts tagged "HMD Global"

  • HMD Global debuts the confusingly named Nokia 8.1

    It might be the end of the year, but HMD Global's showing no signs of slowing down. The company on Wednesday announced a new "value flagship" Nokia for Europe: the 8.1. But no, it doesn't replace the Nokia 8, or 8 Sirocco, both actual range-topping flagships. Now, the phone might look familiar to eagle-eyed enthusiasts. The phone itself is a rebranded Nokia X7, which debuted in China earlier this year. It's also referred to as the Nokia Phoenix in press material, but it's effectively a successor to the Nokia 7 Plus, which debuted earlier this year. Naming confusion over, the phone does...

  • 48 hours with the Nokia 7.1

    If you've lost track of all the Nokia smartphones that have been unveiled this year, you're not alone. Although HMD Global's naming scheme is functional if not spectacular, we've seen more than ten Nokia phones debut in 2019. While there's talk of even more, including the Nokia 9 with its five rear cameras, today I took temporary ownership of the Nokia 7.1. It's the smaller, newer baby brother of the Nokia 7 Plus, a phone which I still firmly believe is an unsung hero in the 2018 smartphone catalogue. But can the 7.1, with more focus on style, continue that momentum? As it's always...

  • Nokia 7.1 gets Android Pie three weeks after launch

    When a phone launches with an older version of Android, it usually takes the company a few months to update the device to Google's latest OS version. But Nokia is bucking this trend. Today its Finnish owner HMD Global announced that the Nokia 7.1 will receive its Android 9.0 Pie update this week. This comes just over three weeks after its South African launch. "Nokia 7.1 is our fourth smartphone running Android 9 Pie, alongside Nokia 7 plus, Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 with even more to come by the end of the year," said Juho Sarvikas, HMD's Chief Product...

  • Nokia 6.1 gets Android 9.0 Pie this week

    After the Nokia 7 Plus became the first device in HMD Global's stable to receive the Android 9.0 Pie update earlier this year, another device is following suit. The Nokia 6.1 will this week receive the latest version of Google's mobile OS. The phone features a 5.5 inch screen with a resolution of 1920x1080. A 3000mAh battery powers the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Nokia's swift update rollouts are largely thanks to its Android One programme membership, which allows its devices to run stock Android and receive quick updates directly from Google. Android 9.0 Pie...

  • Nokia 7.1 arrives in South Africa for R5999

    HMD Global's Nokia 7.1 is now available in South Africa. It's the first Nokia device to hit our shores to sport a notch -- a design feature that has now become ubiquitous in the smartphone landscape. As the smaller spiritual successor to last year's stellar Nokia 7 Plus, the 7.1 packs a 5.84 inch 2280x1080 screen which also supports HDR10. Internally, it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, while storage can be increased through the microSD card slot. At the rear, HMD Global's employing a dual rear camera with a 12MP sensor (with phase detection...

  • Nokia 7.1 debuts with Snapdragon 636, new dual camera setup

    HMD Global has launched its latest flagship smartphone in the form of the Nokia 7.1. “The Nokia 7.1 is the first smartphone to come with PureDisplay screen technology for stunning HDR cinematic quality entertainment inside and out,” the company revealed in its official press release. The device features a dual camera system with “highly sensitive” ZEISS Optics of 12MP and 5MP. “Achieve the perfect picture with HDR photography giving you crisper and sharper images,” the company added. The cameras also features EIS, but no OIS, and basic manual photography functions such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Using AI, the front-facing camera “introduces facial...

  • 7 things to love about the Nokia 7 Plus [Sponsored]

    The Nokia 7 Plus is the latest flagship Android smartphone from HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones. But what should you know about this gentle giant? Here are seven things you'll grow to love about the Nokia 7 Plus. See more with 2x optical zoom The Nokia 7 Plus has dual rear sensors with ZEISS optics, combining an ultra-sensitive 12MP wide-angle primary camera for impressive performance in both low-light and extra bright conditions, and a secondary 13MP sensor that delivers 2x optical zoom for the moments when you wish you were closer. As for your selfie game? The 16MP front-facing camera guarantees...

  • Nokia 3.1 Android One phone launches in South Africa

    Nokia's latest challenger to the budget smartphone market has arrived in South Africa. The Nokia 3.1 is the company's new Android One smartphone, priced below the R3000 mark. In this section of the market its competing against the likes of Xiaomi and Huawei, but judging by its spec sheet, it should put up a good fight. On that note, the Nokia 3.1 sports an aluminium frame, a 1440x720 5.2-inch screen, and a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on its front. Internally, Nokia's using the octa-core Mediatek MT6750 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space. There is a 3GB/32GB model,...

  • HMD Global relaunches Nokia’s ‘Snake’ for Facebook

    Remember the game Snake that came built-in on all Nokias once upon a time? It was exciting, addictive and challenging. Now HMD Global, the Finnish company that now houses the Nokia brand, has released a reinvention of the classic 90s game in augmented reality (AR) form, called Snake Mask and Snake Real World. But its not the AR you’re thinking of, rather it is a Facebook camera filter effect that turns you into a snake. You play the game by accessing your Facebook camera, finding the filter and then interacting with your real world environment... as a snake. The game was first announced...

  • China’s Nokia X6 is official, but it could still come to South Africa

    The first Nokia with a notch is now official. The Finnish company on Thursday announced the Nokia X6's existence in China. For now, it remains a Chinese exclusive. The phone boasts a top notch, a 19:9 5.8-inch 2280x1080 screen, and a big focus on camera performance. At the tear, there's a dual camera combo: one 16MP sensor hiding behind a f/2.0 lens, and a smaller 5MP monochrome camera with a f/2.2 lens. Up front, there's another 16MP f/2.0 camera for more detailed selfies. Internally, the phone will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 chipset, run up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal...