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All posts tagged "nokia"

  • 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...

  • No WhatsApp for new Nokia 8110 (yet?)

    The new Nokia 3310 was pretty much a basic feature-phone, lacking apps and a web browser in its first iteration. Fast-forward 12 months and the company has revealed the redesigned Nokia 8110, packing the KaiOS platform (or the "Smart Feature OS powered by KaiOS"). Being a spiritual successor to Firefox OS, the platform, and hence the 8110, also offers a KaiOS store for apps, making it more capable than the 3310's platform. Nokia brand custodian HMD Global has also added a few more big-hitting apps to the 8110, including "Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search, Facebook and Twitter". But we got confirmation from...

  • MWC: Is a Nokia smart speaker coming this year?

    This week saw HMD reveal its latest range of Nokia phones, in the form of the new Nokia 8110, Nokia 1, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco. But smart speakers are quickly becoming a big money sector too, so will we see a Nokia speaker soon? "Stay tuned," PR representative Ben Wilsker told us during an interview at Mobile World Congress. In an attempt to get a definite answer, we asked HMD CEO Florian Seiche whether he had any information to share on a Nokia smart home speaker. Seiche chuckled before answering: "I can't comment (on that)." Could we see a Nokia smart speaker, powered...

  • MWC 2018: New Nokia 8110, Nokia 8 Sirocco and more launched

    One year on from introducing its first lineup of smartphones, HMD Global has revealed its second wave of Nokia smartphones, as well as a new generation Nokia 8110. The second wave of Nokia smartphones is comprised of the Nokia 1 Android Go device, the Nokia 7 Plus and the Nokia 8 Sirocco. We also saw the Nokia 6 2018, which was launched in China last month. Starting with the lower end devices, the Nokia 1 Android Go device packs 1GB of RAM, a 2150mAh removable battery, non-descript quad-core chip and (surprise) the Android Go platform. Meanwhile, the Nokia 8110 offers a...

  • Leak: This is the Nokia 1, Nokia 7 Plus

    MWC 2018 is just over a week away and we know HMD Global will be there. Now, we have a better idea of what to expect, courtesy of the ever-reliable Evan Blass. The serial leaker showed off images of the Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 Plus, both of which were heavily tipped for a Barcelona reveal. Nokia 1 pic.twitter.com/LF9f25HByo — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 14, 2018 The Nokia 1 image shows what appears to be a small entry-level device, featuring a tiny rear camera, rear-facing speaker and no discernible fingerprint scanner. We're expecting an entry-level chipset, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage...