HMD Global, the new home of Nokia phones, is set to announce its next lineup of smartphones and feature phones at MWC 2018. The Finnish company made its big debut at MWC last year, and it is now time for act II, where it can’t just rely on nostalgia to drive the narrative of its products.
Despite being a newcomer, HMD Global showed that it can make good products with the expertise of Nokia folks last year. It also managed to reap benefits of that product positioning with the company capturing one percent market share in the competitive smartphone market at the end of fourth quarter of 2018. It has done one thing better than most of its competitors – seeding the latest version of Android operating system to its device. This year, at MWC, HMD Global must show what all technology improvements it can bring to the table since it is easy to make Android phones for anyone with money under the belt.
At MWC 2018, HMD Global executives are expected to talk about their first year as a mobile brand and might shed some light on its achievements in the past year. The company will most likely announce the Nokia 1, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8 Pro/Nokia 9, Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 3310 4G at the event. Follow along for the latest updates from HMD Global’s MWC event.
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Do let us know which phones you plan to buy from the home of Nokia come April 2018. I have my eyes set on Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 8110 4G.
Reading between the lines: HMD Global is partnering closely with Google and this is important since software updates are everything.
To recap: HMD Global announced Nokia 8110 matrix phone, Nokia 1 with Android Oreo (Go edition), Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 Plus with Android One and Nokia 8 Sirocco flagship.
Time for an advertorial of new devices. No one more thing folks.
There is now a Nokia phone for every consumer, says Florian
Florian is here and he seems to be the happiest man on planet.
If you are looking for beautifully designed phones inside out and want update to date software from Google, you will love these phones from HMD Global. Google is really calling them good.
Android One devices ship out of the box with clean UI and carefully curated pre-installed apps. And it also includes Google Photos and will get updates faster than any other device.
We worked with HMD Global to tailor Google Assistant on Nokia 7 Plus, says Google. It is clear that HMD Global and Google are closely collaborating to support each other
Android One is a portfolio devices offering superior performance and Nokia collaboration is the largest one yet
Nokia 1 will be among first to deliver on Android Go promise
With Android Oreo (Go ediiton), we improved performance without affecting performance, says Google
Sarvikas is once again going through all the announcements
It has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Will retail at 749 Euro (around Rs 60,000) and will be available in April
It has a Zeiss dual rear camera with telephoto lens and three high dynamic range microphones for (Google Assistant).
Nokia 8 Sirocco is IP67 water and dust resistant and supports wireless charging. Less than 2mm thick at the edge.
Nokia 8 Sirocco’s over 75 percent of surface is vacuum molded by Gorilla Glass. It is milled out of a single block of Stainless Steel. The iPhone X also uses Stainless Steel chassis.
Ordinary life deserves an extraordinary phone, Sarvikas introduces Nokia 8 Sirocco
They have one more phone to show. So much of Nokia in a day. Great!!!
Nokia 7 Plus will be available in April. It is priced at 399 Euro (around Rs 32,000)
Relationship between Nokia mobiles and Zeiss goes decades back. Sebastian reminds everyone about Pureview and Nokia N series phones. Classics, truly
Sebastian from Zeiss is on stage. Lets talk imaging.
Yes, at last, Nokia is bringing Pro camera with full manual controls. Remember Pureview anyone?
Nokia 7 Plus features a telephoto lens to capture images that are at a distance. It also supports super pixel and pro camera technology.
It also Snapdragon 660 SoC with 4GB RAM and 2 days of battery life.
Nokia 7 Plus has 6-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display. Sarvikas says the display is vibrant than any other display. It has dual rear camera and a front camera with Zeiss optics.
Nokia 7 Plus announced, first phone from HMD Global to get 18:9 display. It looks beautiful and well engineered in the promotional video.
Sarvikas is switching gears and talking about next device.
It will be available from April at an average retail price of 279 Euro
Nokia 6 (2018) gets Snapdragon 630, a huge upgrade over 430 on its predecessor. Supports wireless charging, cheapest phone to get the feature. Will come in blue gold, black copper and white color options.
Nokia 6 (2018) also gets Zeiss optics and there is Bothie mode to capture with both front and rear camera simultaneously. There is face unlock feature as well.
Nokia 6 (2018) announced for the global market. It comes with improved processor and machined out of single piece of aluminum.
Sarvikas is calling Nokia 6 as an icon and says it won fans all over the world. Time for a video.
Think of this as marriage between Nokia’s craftsmanship and Google’s software ecosystem. Time for Android One.
Nokia 8 received Oreo in October and is running Android 8.1 Oreo. Sarvikas is bragging here but he is right. Flagships running a year old operating system, time to rethink
There is a lot of emphasis on pure, secure and updated Android operating system.
Nokia is introducing Xpress-on covers and will be priced around $85 in key markets.
Nokia 1 is the most affordable smartphone, says Sarvikas. It features Android Oreo (Go edition), promises to stay secure and updated.
Also Sarvikas is running through device updates really fast.
Reminder: Android Go is a lightweight version of Android Oreo
Time to talk about Android Oreo Go and Nokia 1
Nokia 8110 will be available in Banana Blue.. Oops… Banana Yellow. It is priced at 79 Euro (around Rs 6,500). Not a bad deal at all for 4G feature phone with hotspot functionality
Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search, Facebook and Twitter. Nokia 8110 4G is unlike the one from past.
Sarvikas says Nokia 8110 4G is a transition device and will help switch off from our connected world.
Please tell us all your memories about Nokia 8110
Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global is coming on stage to talk about Nokia 8110 4G
Nokia 3310 took the mobile industry by storm. The company is now resurrecting another feature phone. Brace yourselves.
2018 will be a critical year and expand our portfolio and deepen our products, says HMD Global CEO
Hey folks, you are early. The event is scheduled to start at 4PM CET (or 8.30PM IST). In the meantime, here is what we expect to see: http://www.bgr.in/features/mwc-2018-nokia-1-nokia-4-nokia-7-plus-nokia-9-nokia-8-sirocco-rumor-roundup/
- Published Date: February 25, 2018 7:27 PM IST
- Updated Date: February 25, 2018 9:24 PM IST