Posts Tagged HMD

HMD’s new Nokia 8.1 promises 2-days of battery life

HMD Global this week unveiled a new smartphone in the form of the Nokia 8.1. The new device will go on sale in Europe, as well as the UK for the affordable price of €399 / £379.99 (or $452). Interested parties will be able to place an order for it come January 14.

The Nokia 8.1 is an upper mid-ranger coming with great specs. Among its major highlights is the spacious 6.18-inch FHD+ display that comes with HDR10 support. The screen benefits from HMD’s PureDisplay screen technology which promotes richer colors and higher contrasts. It also includes a notch on top.

The Nokia 8.1 might have had all the qualities needed to be called an affordable flagship, save for the processor powering it, a mid-range Snapdragon 710. This is an octa-core 10nm chipset clocked at 2.2GHz, which albeit not being as powerful as the Snapdragon 845, will still do a very good job of keeping things working smoothly on board the device.

Furthermore, the Nokia 8.1 will ship out with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (expandable up to 400GB via microSD).

HMD’s partnership with Carl Zeiss continues with the Nokia 8.1

In terms of photography, the Nokia 8.1 boasts a Zeiss-optimized dual-lens arrangement with a main 12MP (f/1.8) and a secondary 13MP sensor for portrait shots.  HMD has also included optical image stabilization on board, so you can get steady shots. Nokia’s popular Bothie feature that lets you shoot with both cameras is also supported here.

Rounding up the package is a 3,500 mAh battery with fast charge 18W. HMD boasts the phone will be able to support up to 2-days of use on a single charge.

Another big highlight with the Nokia 8.1 is that the device runs Android 9 Pie out of the box. Given the low number of phones launching with the latest version of Android on board, it’s quite refreshing.

Also read: 9 features we love from Android 9 Pie

As we mentioned above, the phone will go on sale next month in Europe in Blue/Silver, Steel/Copper and Iron/Steel color options. Unfortunately, HMD already confirmed the Nokia 8.1 won’t make it to the US.

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Nokia 7.1 announced with HDR notched display, Android 8.1 Oreo

As anticipated, Nokia today took the stage in London to unveil its latest star in the budget lineup. The phone is called the Nokia 7.1. Or the all-new Nokia 7, as some of the company’s officials have referred to it during the presentation.

Design-wise, the Nokia 7.1 doesn’t really bring anything new. The phone is made of glass and metal, just like most upper-middle-rangers and flagships these days. It also features a notch on top of the 5.85-inch LCD display. Nokia says the front panel is really bright and that it has the potential to be perfectly legible even in bright sunshine.

The display boasts 1080 x 2280 resolution and has HDR10 support, which is quite an unusual feature in this segment. Additionally, the phone’s screen can do real-time HDR conversion to SDR videos.

Nokia 7.1 is the latest Android One phone

When it comes to performance, the Nokia 7.1 relies on a pretty decent Snapdragon 636 chipset, that’s paired with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of storage. If that leaves you wanting more, you can expand via the microSD card slot.

Moving on to photography, the new Nokia 7 boasts a Zeiss dual-camera setup on the back that pairs a 12MP (f/1.8) sensor with a secondary 5MP monochrome one. Nokia has embedded a real-time “Live Bokeh” mode on the main camera, that lets you adjust the focus before and after you take the photo.

On the front, the handset enjoys the presence of two 8MP sensors. Bothie mode, the feature that allows taking pictures using the front and back camera simultaneously, also makes a return on the Nokia 7.1.

Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3,060 mAh battery with fast charging. Nokia says that users will be able to juice up 50% of the battery in just 30 minutes or so.

The Nokia 7.1 will ship out with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. It’s part of the Android One program, and will supposedly get the Android 9.0 Pie update in November.

The new device will go up for pre-order starting tomorrow (October 5) in Europe in Gloss Midnight Blue or Gloss Steel. However, Nokia will launch the phone globally later this month including in the US. This market will get the 3GB of RAM/32GB of storage version which will retail for $349.

Alongside the Nokia 7.1, the company also announced its first pair of headphones called the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds.

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Where to watch the Nokia launch and what to expect

October is shaping up to be a big month for phone releases. We’ve already seen what LG has to offer with its new V40 flagship and we’re expecting many more releases this month. Next up is Nokia with its event starting at 12 Eastern time today and live streaming on YouTube.

What to Expect

Invites went out for the HMD Nokia event a couple weeks back and the speculation is this will be the follow up to the Nokia 7 Plus. That makes the most sense because we’ve recently seen leaked renders of the Nokia 7.1 Plus pop up.

From the renders, we know the Nokia 7.1 Plus will have the trendy and unsightly notch and chin design. It also features dual cameras on the back with a fingerprint scanner along with the Android One logo. With any luck, we’ll see it launch with Android 9 Pie and it is also expected to have 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage.

That’s all we have at this point, but all will be revealed later today when the 7.1 Plus officially launches. There is also a slim chance we might see the Nokia 9 launched, but it is far more likely the Nokia 7.1 Plus will be the star of the show.

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Nokia 9 with bezel-less display, dual-cameras reveals itself in 3D case renders

Nokia released its first comeback flagship, under the HMD umbrella, earlier this year. Dubbed the Nokia 8, the phone never made it on the US market, which so far seems to be reserved only for lower-end models like the Nokia 6 and Nokia 2. But Nokia’s next-gen flagship – the Nokia 9 – might make […]

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Nokia 9 with bezel-less display, dual-cameras reveals itself in 3D case renders

Nokia released its first comeback flagship, under the HMD umbrella, earlier this year. Dubbed the Nokia 8, the phone never made it on the US market, which so far seems to be reserved only for lower-end models like the Nokia 6 and Nokia 2. But Nokia’s next-gen flagship – the Nokia 9 – might make […]

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2-day battery smartphone showdown: Nokia 2 vs LG X charge

A smartphone is only as good as its battery. After all, without power, it’s reduced to a simple brick. And while most flagships rely on a decent power source, it’s the budget handsets that lead the pack when it comes to providing a long battery life. Case in point, the recently unveiled Nokia 2 and […]

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Nokia 3310 3G now available for pre-order at Best Buy

Back at MWC 2017 in Barcelona in February, HMD unveiled a modern revival of the once extremely popular Nokia 3310, which was launched in 2000. And while the phone has been available in some markets across Europe for a while now, it’s only making its way into the US now, as a 3G variant. The […]

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Nokia 8 will launch globally this month

HMD unveiled Nokia’s first comeback flagship back in August during a press event in London. And while the phone is currently available for purchase in the UK and select European countries like Germany, France and Poland, we’re yet to see it arrive in the US. Actually there is a big “if” attached – will the […]

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The US market might get a customized Nokia 8 version

Nokia’s come back flagship, the Nokia 8 is expected to hit retail shelves in early September in Europe. But what about Nokia fans who don’t live on the old continent? Unfortunately, at launch HMD remained mum on the topic of whether the Nokia 8 will make it on the US market. Now a new report […]

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What we know so far: Nokia 8 edition

Ever since it was revealed Nokia will be making a comeback into the world of smartphones, fans have been hotly anticipating the release of a true flagship, one that could compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8. With the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 already on the market, the stage is […]

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