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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • After 3310, 3 whacky Nokia models HMD could resurrect

    The new Nokia 3310 is an overpriced feature-phone riding on the coat-tails of the 3310 name -- that much is clear. But the company does seem to be iterating on the design, so we wouldn't be surprised if an Android-powered 3310 surfaces soon. But did you know that Nokia brand custodian HMD Global also obtained patents for other Nokia phones? A search through HMD Global's EUIPO account lists all its Nokia patents -- so here are three goofball designs in its portfolio that we'd like to see. NGage and NGage QD Image via EUIPO. The NGage is probably in the top five when it...

  • Nokia 6 2018 is now official in China

    The first Nokia-branded smartphone under HMD Global was the Nokia 6, having made its debut a year ago in China. Now, the Nokia 6 2018 model has been revealed in China, packing a few notable upgrades. Spotted on the Chinese version of HMD's website, the 2018 version of the Nokia 6 packs a Snapdragon 630 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of expandable storage, a 5.5-inch full HD LCD screen, USB Type-C and Android 7.1 (an upgrade to Oreo will come afterwards). The Nokia 6 2018 also packs a 16MP f/2.0 (1 micron pixels) main camera and an 8MP f/2.0 selfie...

  • Nokia 8 review: a cheaper flagship (and it shows)

    Apple and Samsung aside, has there ever been more hype around a smartphone than HMD's Nokia 8? The first Nokia-branded flagship since 2014's Lumia 930, the phone sets out to make a statement of note. Eye-catching design? Check. Carl Zeiss branding like the phones of yore? Righto. Powerful internals? Indeed. Pure Android? Do you even need to ask? Let's start with the aesthetics then. It might be the first flagship under HMD, but the Nokia 8 certainly makes a case for fitting right into the Nokia mould. It feels like a Nokia The phone is carved out of a block of aluminium and...

  • 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...

  • Don’t get your hopes up for ‘Nokia’ smartphones

    News broke last week that the Nokia 3310 would be returning at Mobile World Congress this month, sending the internet into a frenzy. We've seen few details for this tribute device though, but the US$59 price tag suggests either an entry-level smartphone or a high-end feature phone. Either way, consumers are undoubtedly expecting a durable design and long battery life. But one thing bears repeating: this isn't quite the Nokia you know and love. Nokia, the parent company of Nokia Oyj (which was sold to Microsoft) reached a deal with HMD Global last year for the Nokia name to be used on smartphones...

  • Nokia’s new Android phone is nothing more than a beautiful fan concept

    Who said Nokia is down for the count in the smartphone world? We've had a steady stream of rumours suggesting the legendary Finnish marque is returning to the world of small screens, and while the Nokia C1 might be a brilliant example of what it could do if it tried, it's not tangible in any way, shape or form. Unfortunately, the C1 is only an imaginative render by Kim Wayne depicting the perfect, modern Nokia. For one, we're smitten. In short, it's a product we would love to, but probably won't see the company construct. Nevertheless, the handset, if it were...