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All posts tagged "nokia"

  • Nokia 7 Plus review: the best phone of 2018 thus far

    Hot take: flagship smartphones are boring. The only innovation that's sweeping across this segment lies in the marketing material. But just a few rungs lower on the device ladder, the smartphones playing a supporting role and not carrying the weight of public brand perception on their shoulders -- are the most exciting Jostling for position, manufacturers try desperately to undercut one another on price in the upper mid-range segment, while adding almost as many creature comforts you'll find on flagships. For instance, the Nokia 7 Plus. In many ways, the 7 Plus is much the company's large-screen flagship as it is...

  • Nokia debuts 2.1, 3.1 and 5.1 budget smartphones

    Nokia on Tuesday unveiled three new phones to compete in the mid-range segment. They're all names you've heard before, but are differentiated from their older counterparts by a "x.1" moniker. The cheapest of the lot, the Nokia 2.1 debuts with the Go version of Android 8.1 Oreo, a 5.5-inch 1280x720 screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset and 1GB of RAM. There's also only 8GB of internal storage, but there's an SD card expansion slot. In terms of cameras, the rear gets a single 8MP snapper with autofocus, while up front selfies are handled by a 5MP camera. Battery life could be this device's...

  • 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...

  • Nokia X6 specs and price spotted on Chinese retailer’s website

    It seems pretty much official now: the notch bug has bitten Nokia too. It's upcoming device, which will likely receive the Nokia X6 moniker (previously seen on the Nokia X, featured), will reportedly be unveiled on 16 May. Today however, the phone has seemingly been spotted on a Chinese retailers' website Suning. The resultant screenshot was published to China's microblogging site Weibo, including specs, price and a front-back expose. The listed specs includes a 4GB RAM/64GB storage combo, a 19:9 screen, a notch, a fingerprint reader, and a pair of cameras at the rear. As for the price? RMB1499, or around US$235 at...

  • This is Nokia’s comeback crew: 5 phones heading to South Africa in 2018

    Explaining to consumers that Nokia is back, but it's not the same Nokia that it was before, is a difficult task. Much has changed. Gone are the days of Microsoft's influence over the Lumia name. Hell, gone is the Lumia name entirely, and in comes HMD Global. Ostensibly, even under its new owner, the Nokia brand hasn't changed. It's logo remains the same. That iconic ringtone remains their marketing jingle of choice. And they're still using numbers to differentiate their devices models. But Nokia's looking a lot healthier today that it was a few years ago. "The fanbase, although it was there previously,...

  • Budget Nokia 1 arrives in South Africa for R999

    The Android Go-sporting Nokia 1 is now available in South Africa from today, HMD Global announced in a release. The budget device, featuring a 4.5-inch 854x480 screen, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM and a quad-core MediaTek MT6737M chipset, also comes with Android Go. Android Go is a slimmer implementation of Android 8.0 Oreo, designed for phones light on resources. Rounding up the offering is a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP camera up front, a 4G radio, a 2150mAh battery and two colour variants: Warm Red and Dark Blue. And like Nokia's of old, these covers are also interchangeable. Sadly...

  • We investigate: will Rich Capture land on HMD’s Nokia smartphones?

    I've previously waxed lyrical about my love for Rich Capture/Rich HDR , one of the coolest smartphone camera features to see the light of day (at least when it worked). First seen in the Lumia range of phones, the feature allowed you to change the level of HDR, flash or exposure after you took a photo. So if you like pastel hues, you can crank the HDR up. Or you can find a happy medium between a flashless photo and a scene-blinding flash, check below for an example. Rich Capture with no flash. The...

  • Just another Android brand? 4 mistakes HMD/Nokia need to avoid

    The first generation of Nokia-branded smartphones have enjoyed a great year by almost all accounts. The initial trio of Nokia 3, 5 and 6 made for some of the most capable yet affordable phones of 2017. And between the pure Android proposition and network partnerships, HMD certainly made all the right decisions. The new range of Nokia devices, announced at MWC, point to a continuation of these tenets. But there are several moves the company needs to avoid if it hopes to stay around for a while... Increasing prices too soon Above: The Nokia 2 It's become an accepted tactic for new or returning entrants to...

  • Can KaiOS make feature-phones cool again?

    The new Nokia 8110 is definitely smarter than the 2017 Nokia 3310 reboot, in large part due to the implementation of the KaiOS platform. The software is certainly an improvement on paper compared to last year's overpriced feature-phone then, but what is KaiOS anyway? Origins and requirements It's not an entirely new mobile operating system, having its roots in the now-abandoned FireFoxOS project. So that means it's a platform based on web technologies such as HTML5. In other words, it's an ideal fit for phones with modest specifications. Android Go supports phones with 512MB of RAM and upward, while the web-based platform offers...

  • We go hands-on with Nokia 8 Sirocco, but what about SA price?

    HMD's new range of Nokia smartphones, unveiled at MWC 2018, are all coming to South Africa, including the rather spiffy Nokia 8 Sirocco. But what kind of price can we expect for the new flagship when it eventually hits local shores? HMD Global's Justin Maier refused to give an exact price. Will it be under R15 000 though? "Yes," the representative simply answered. What does Maier make of our assumption that it'll be more expensive than the Nokia 8? "Yes, it'll be slightly more expensive than the current 8," the HMD executive explained, adding that it was dependent on the exchange rate. For the...