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All posts tagged "HMD Global"

  • Nokia 2 hits South Africa for under R2000 via Vodacom

    A few weeks ago we saw the Nokia 2 being announced globally, featuring a solid design and a massive battery. Back then, HMD Global confirmed that the phone would be available in South Africa. Now, the company has announced that South African sales have indeed kicked off, being available exclusively on the Vodacom network. As for a price? You're looking at R1699, making it the cheapest Nokia-branded smartphone in the market. Your cash gets you a low-end Snapdragon 212 quad-core chip, 1GB of RAM, 5-inch 720p display and 8GB of expandable storage (via hybrid SIM slot). But the phone's major selling point is...

  • From OnePlus to Huawei: cheap flagships as a marketing strategy [Opinion]

    The OnePlus One took the mobile world by storm back in 2014, packing high-end features into a much cheaper price tag than the competition. Featuring a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a capable camera, the new smartphone instantly made a wave among enthusiasts and general consumers alike thanks to its US$299 starting price. It didn't hurt that the company used an invite system to control supply and demand. Fast-forward to 2017 and the OnePlus 5 is available for US$479, having seen a price increase with virtually every iteration. Now, that's still cheaper than most flagships, but coming from those...

  • Nokia 2 official: a new entry-level champ? [Update: SA-bound]

    We've known about the Nokia 2 for some time now, but HMD Global has made it official today. So what should you expect? As the name implies, this is positioned as a low-end smartphone, packing an entry-level Snapdragon 212 quad-core chipset, 8GB of expandable storage and 1GB of RAM. Other noteworthy specs include a 5-inch 720p display, hybrid SIM slot and a large 4100mAh battery. In the case of the latter, HMD is promising two days of usage as a result. In the camera department, you're getting an 8MP main camera and a 5MP front-facing snapper. You're also getting Android 7.1.1, but...

  • Nokia 7 official, packing efficient Snapdragon 630 chip, OZO Audio

    HMD Global seems to be on a roll this year, with its first crop of Nokia smartphones (3, 5 and 6) and its first flagship all cautiously looking like great handsets. Now, we have another Nokia-branded smartphone, in the form of the Nokia 7. Available in China for now at a starting price of RMB2499, the phone seems like a firm step between the Nokia 6 and Nokia 8. There's a power-efficient Snapdragon 630 and 4GB/6GB of RAM for starters -- more powerful than the Nokia 6's Snapdragon 430 but less capable than the flagship's Snapdragon 835 silicon. Other noteworthy hardware specs...

  • New new Nokia 3310: now with 3G and heftier price tag

    The new Nokia 3310 made headlines around the world earlier this year, after HMD Global revived the handset for a new generation. It was far from perfect though, being a bog-standard feature phone with a high price tag (R749, €49). In other words, you were paying for the name alone. Now, HMD has delivered an upgraded model, packing 3G connectivity for internet browsing. The new phone also has new colours and a user interface that can be customised with various colours. The move to 3G does mean that battery life takes a hit, in the form of 6.5 hours of talk time...

  • 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...

  • Nokia 8: when does Vodacom exclusivity end?

    The Nokia 8 makes its way to several South African retailers this week, packing some great features and an attractive price point. However, as we've previously reported, the phone will be exclusive to Vodacom and affiliated retailers. But for how long? "Vodacom has time to market until the end of October. And from November, we start with Cell C and MTN," HMD Global's Shaun Durandt told media during a meeting in Cape Town. What about Telkom? We noticed that the network hasn't stocked previous HMD Nokia devices (3, 5, 6). "The priority from the get-go was always going to be the bigger players,...

  • Nokia 8 launches in SA: we got pricing, but what else to know?

    Back at the international Nokia 8 launch, we managed to suss out the South African pricing of the new handset, coming in at a recommended price of R9499. Now, HMD Global has made it all official, confirming that sales have started for the new device in South Africa. So what should you know? For starters, the phone is exclusive to Vodacom right now, coming in blue and steel colours. Don't care for the prepaid price? Then you can grab it for R449 a month on a uChoose Flexi 150 contract (12 months). As for specifications? You're looking at a 5.3-inch 1440p display, Snapdragon...

  • Nokia phone receives update before Google’s own Pixels

    Back when HMD announced its initial range of Nokia-branded smartphones earlier this year, it touted pure Android and fast updates as two main selling points. In fact, earlier this year, former HMD CEO Arto Nummela told Gearburn in an interview that the range would all be getting Android updates in no time flat. Now, the latest security update for Android has been pushed out -- and Google's devices weren't the first to get them. According to Nokia Power User, citing reader tips, the September security update has been pushed to the Nokia 5 before the Pixel and Nexus phones. The publication adds...

  • Nokia 8: 8 things you should know about HMD’s new flagship

    True to the leaks, HMD revealed the Nokia 8 last night, being the first flagship from the new custodians of the Nokia mobile brand. Most of the earlier reports rang true, but what should you know about the new phone? We've got eight things worth keeping in mind. It's as powerful as other flagships out there The Nokia 8 indeed packs a Snapdragon 835 processor, being the latest and greatest high-end chipset from Qualcomm. So it'll go toe to toe with other Android phones on the market. Other than the chipset, the phone is also packing 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable...