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All posts tagged "HMD Global"

  • Nokia 10 rumour: will it have five cameras on its back?

    HMD Global's first wave of Nokia-branded smartphones have certainly been successful, but if there's one area of improvement, it would have to be the photography department. The Nokia 8 (review) offered a good but not class-leading camera experience, while the camera app itself also left us wanting. Now, a Baidu post (via Nokia Latest) claims that there's a Nokia 10 in the works, and it'll apparently offer a penta-lens camera solution. That's five. Does this mean five lenses on one camera sensor, akin to a rotary dial setup (that's the first image that came to mind)? Five lenses for five camera...

  • Nokia 3 review: the Redmi 4A should be your first choice

    HMD brought Nokia-branded smartphones back to life in 2017, and it seems like the move has paid off already. Between the attractive price tags and stock take on Android, it's easy to see why Nokia is a major mobile force once again. The Nokia 3 was the cheapest Nokia smartphone for quite some time (until the Nokia 2 arrived), coming in at R2000. So is it worth the asking price? Let's dive in. Design If there's one area where the Nokia 3 punches above its weight, it has to be the hardware design. Featuring a polycarbonate back (i.e. plastic) and a metallic rim, the phone...

  • Nokia 8 gets DxOMark camera results: it’s not good

    DxOMark has emerged as one of the foremost websites for smartphone photography, attempting to benchmark photos, videos and other aspects of the mobile photography experience. There's been plenty of debate over the company's testing, given the subjective nature of photography in many ways. But the scores are often used by brands and consumers alike to justify the greatness of their phones. In any event, DxOMark has just published their results for the Nokia 8 (review), and it's very disappointing. At a score of 68, it sits way below other high-end phones, with the Galaxy S6 Edge, iPhone 6s and Lava Z25 (wuh?)...

  • 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...

  • Could this new Nokia 3310 model have WhatsApp?

    The Nokia 3310 reboot was one of the biggest tech stories of 2017, as HMD Global launched a modernised version of the iconic phone. Well, it was modernised in terms of design, but it was still a feature-phone, lacking internet capabilities (hence no WhatsApp). Combine the feature phone trappings with the R700+ price tag in South Africa and you had an overpriced phone that only had nostalgia and battery life going for it. HMD Global did however release a 3G version, still using a feature-phone OS but packing 3G connectivity and social media access. Still no WhatsApp though. A new 3310 model...

  • Watch these 5 smartphone brands in 2018

    2017 was a year for tall screens and itsy bitsy borders, delivering high-end smartphones with a distinctive look compared to years prior. Apple, Samsung, LG and others got on this bandwagon, offering a host of other features as well. But what could we expect from these players next year? We look at a few mobile brands you should be watching in 2018. Apple Let's start with the juggernaut. The company enjoyed both a tick and a tock year, offering the otherwise safe iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (review) devices. But it was the iPhone X that really stood out, serving up that...

  • Has the FCC revealed Nokia 9 spec sheet?

    We may have only seen one HMD flagship this year, in the form of the Nokia 8, but rumours have pointed to the existence of the Nokia 9 as well. Now, the USA's FCC regulatory body has let slip a few key details, it would seem. The information comes as a result of HMD filing papers for the device, being spotted by Mobielkopen.net. According to the papers, the new Nokia-branded phone (named TA-1005 in the filing) is packing a Snapdragon 835 processor (MSM8998), 128GB of storage, a 3250mAh battery, a 12MP+13MP dual camera setup and a 5MP front-facing camera. We also see a...

  • When to expect Android Oreo from HMD, will Nokia 2 get it?

    HMD Global made a notable commitment when it launched Nokia-branded smartphones earlier this year, saying it would update the phones regularly. So when can we see updates for the phones? "We'll be sending a press release during this week, keep an eye out," an HMD Global representative told Gearburn when we asked about the availability of Oreo. It's worth noting that the update is currently being pushed to the Nokia 8, HMD confirmed on Twitter. But what about the Nokia 2? Will it receive Oreo? HMD's newest smartphone combines a low-end Snapdragon 212 chip with a large 4100mAh battery, delivering two-day endurance on...

  • 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...