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All posts tagged "nokia"

  • Nokia 7.1 review: living in its sister’s shadow

    I love surprises. Don't you? When I got the Nokia 7.1 for review -- rather spontaneously an unannounced, I should add -- I was largely expecting the device to disappoint. The Nokia 5.1 did. Its lack of a real strong point made it difficult to care about it, or even mention in important conversations. Earlier this year, I also reviewed the stellar Nokia 7 Plus, a phone which was the complete opposite. It was a breath of fresh air, and cost about the same as the 7.1. It had flagship aspirations, and back then, I called it the best phones of 2018. But,...

  • 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 5.1 blow-by-blow review: should this be your next phone?

    We can't keep up with all the phones Nokia's launched this year. HMD Mobile, the company that now owns the Nokia brand, has been slightly overzealous with the chalk at the annual roadmap meeting, it seems. The Nokia 5.1 is the latest device as a result. It's a lower mid-range competitor, that's focusing almost entirely on a sturdy build, multimedia consumption and production. But is the rest of the phone any good? We take a look at some of its highlights, lowlights, and unmentionables. The hell yeahs Svelte, solid design Like Nokias before, the 5.1 is solidly built. It's a hunk of aluminium with...

  • 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...

  • Nokia 5.1 arrives in South Africa for R3599

    The Nokia 5.1 is the latest HMD Global smartphone to hit South Africa. The mid-range device is powered by a Mediatek Helio P18 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD expansion slot. It will also feature a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display, with 2160x1080 resolution. At the rear, there's a 16MP primary camera, with phase detection autofocus. Up front, a wide-angle 8MP selfie camera can also be found. The Android One smartphone also features a rear fingerprint reader, an FM radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, WiFi 802.11 ac support, and NFC. Additionally, a 2970mAh battery keeps the lights...

  • Nokia 2.1 arrives in South Africa for R1699

    The Nokia 2.1 is now available in South Africa. Announced globally in May, the 2.1 is HMD Global's next Android Go phone to hit the country after the Nokia 1. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There's also a microSD card slot supporting cards up to 128GB. Up front there's a 1280x720 5.5 inch screen with a 5MP selfie camera above it. The Nokia 2.1 also touts dual stereo speakers. Around the back, an 8MP snapper with autofocus is your primary camera, while a 4000mAh battery keeps the device powered for a claimed...