The Day 1 of the Mobile World Congress has come to a close, and dare we say it was absolutely eventful. From HMD Global surprising us by reviving another classic Nokia phone to Samsung unveiling 2018’s first flagship smartphone. We saw ZTE and Sony Mobile participate in the event as well. And so, let us recap the first day of the expo in pictures.
The company also took the wraps off the Nokia 1 smartphone, which is one of the first smartphones to run Google’s optimized Android Oreo (Go Edition) OS. The Nokia 1 will be available starting early April, 2018 in Warm Red and Dark Blue at a price of $85, approximately Rs 5,500.
Also announced at the event is the Nokia 6 (2018), which will go on sale in early April and will retail for a global average retail price of €279 (Rs 18,000 approximately). The smartphone is an upgrade over last year’s Nokia 6. It packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform and 3GB RAM, with a 4GB RAM variant on its way.
Finally, from the house of Nokia, the Nokia 8 Sirocco was unveiled. The smartphone marks the return of the ‘Sirocco’ brand, which takes us back to 2006 when the Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition was launched. The Nokia 8 Sirocco will go on sale in select markets sometime in early April. There is no word on when the smartphone will be launched in India. As for pricing, the device will retail at €749 (Rs 59,500 approximately).
Also launched at the Mobile World Congress are the ZTE Blade V9 and Blade V9 Vita. The mid-range smartphones both run Android Oreo out-of-the-box, dual-camera setup at the rear and have displays with 18:9 aspect ratio. However, as the name suggests, Blade V9 Vita is a lighter version of the Blade V9, and sport slightly shredded down specifications.