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All posts tagged "nokia"

  • Nokia 8 image leaked: Zeiss branding, dual cameras

    The Nokia 8 has been the subject of many a rumour in the past two months, following HMD Global's successful launch of the budget-minded Nokia smartphones. The reports have delivered two constants at the very least, in the form of the Snapdragon 835 chip and dual camera setup. But what will the phone actually look like? We haven't a clue, until now. Serial leaker Evan Blass has published the first render of the Nokia 8, showing a phone that looks similar to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 (at least when you look at the front). The front shows a physical...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #16: Who will be the next Huawei?

    Huawei has been doing some amazing numbers both locally and internationally, claiming to be the second most popular smartphone company in Africa (and with the amount of our loved ones who own its phones, it isn't difficult to believe). This week on The Gearburn Podcast, Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker look at how the company grew so quickly, and which other companies are headed towards the same. Xiaomi has potential, but lacks the marketing clout in South Africa. Hadlee argues that for the Chinese company to grow, it needs to put devices into the hands of network providers so that prepaid isn't a consumer's...

  • Confirmed: HMD’s Nokia smartphones to have Carl Zeiss optics [Update]

    One of the trademarks of old Nokia smartphones was the addition of Carl Zeiss optics for their cameras. From the Nokia N8 to the Lumia 1020, the hardware was almost a given for their high-end handsets. Now, HMD Global has announced the signing of an "exclusive" partnership for Zeiss optics to appear in new Nokia-branded smartphones. According to HMD, the partnership "aims to set new imaging standards within the smartphone industry". What should we expect from the relationship in general? "With a joint ambition to advance the quality of the total imaging experience on smartphones spanning the entire ecosystem from software, services,...

  • Nokia, Xiaomi sign patent deal, also agree to explore AR, VR more

    Nokia and Xiaomi have announced the signing of a patent agreement, which will also include "a cross license to each company's cellular standard essential patents". The news also saw confirmation that Xiaomi has acquired "patent assets" from Nokia as part of the deal. "Xiaomi is one of the world's leading smartphone manufacturers and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with them," said Rajeev Suri, President & CEO of Nokia, in a joint statement. "In addition to welcoming such a prominent global technology company to our family of patent licensees, we look forward to working together on a wide range of...

  • Interview: HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela

    "It was overwhelming. We went to the meetings and people are coming and hugging, (saying) 'thank god you are bringing Nokia back'." This was according to HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela, speaking to Gearburn at the Nokia/HMD launch event in Johannesburg. The event officially welcomes Nokia-branded smartphones, running Android, to South Africa, Nummela, a long-time Nokia veteran, said that they "couldn't find a country in the world" that was unwilling to bring Nokia smartphones back. The Nokia-branded Android phones are shaping up to be very promising phones in their own right. But the company also launched the Nokia 3310 reboot, coming to...

  • HMD CEO promises ‘two years’ of Android updates – Nokia 3 included

    The HMD/Nokia partnership has officially kicked off in South Africa, with the launch of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones. These new handsets have a lot going for them, such as pure Android and an attractive price. But HMD Global is also promising plenty of updates for your device. "What we are now committing (to) is that whenever a consumer buys a device, two years from that we will do the updates..." HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela told Gearburn at the South African launch event. The Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 certainly support Android updates, but what about the...

  • SA gets official date, price for Nokia 5, Nokia 6

    We've previously covered MTN's pricing for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, while Cell C's leak earlier this week gave us tentative Nokia 6 pricing as well. HMD Global has since launched the Nokia 3 in South Africa, but what about the 5 and 6? At the HMD Global/Nokia launch event in Johannesburg, we got all the official details, starting with the Nokia 5. The Nokia 5 will indeed have a R2999 recommended price tag, being available from 28 June 2017. Your cash gets you a Snapdragon 430 chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage, an 8MP selfie camera, 13MP main...

  • Cell C reveals prepaid price for Nokia 6

    Nokia-branded smartphones have come back to South Africa this month, with the Nokia 3 already available from networks. We also have Nokia 5 information, but what about the Nokia 6? Well, a Gearburn reader tipped us off to the appearance of the handset in Cell C's catalogue, coming in at a prepaid price tag of R4299. The tipster points out that Cell C's prices for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are slightly more expensive than MTN's prepaid pricing. The yellow network listed those two handsets at R2199 and R2999 respectively, while Cell C charges R2499 and R3599. In other words, the Nokia 6...

  • It might not be ‘real’ Nokia, but HMD’s phones have potential

    2017 marks the return of the Nokia name to the smartphone market, after the Nokia handset division was gobbled up by Microsoft in 2012. In case you don't know, today's Nokia-branded smartphones aren't coming from the 'real' Nokia. Instead, it's the result of a licensing agreement between Finland's HMD Global and Nokia itself (i.e. the firm that owned Nokia's handset unit before selling it to Microsoft). Although to be fair, many former Nokia employees seem to have joined HMD. The first product of this arrangement is already available in South Africa, in the form of the new 3310. But it's a...

  • Nokia 3 officially launches in SA, price confirmed at R2199

    Last week, we were tipped off by a Gearburn reader, who alerted us to the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 appearing in MTN's smartphone catalogue. The listings also revealed MTN's prepaid prices, coming in at R2199 and R2999 respectively. Now, HMD Global has confirmed that at least one of these phones has already landed in South Africa (on 7 June), in the form of the Nokia 3. HMD's cheaper Nokia smartphone will indeed feature a R2199 price tag -- not bad when you consider the specifications. For your cash, you're getting a budget quad-core MT6737 chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of...