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HMD Global unveils the new 2018 series of mid-range and entry-level smartphones

The Android One equipped Nokia 5.1 and Nokia 3.1 and the Android Go powered Nokia 2.1
cjmagowan  —  3 weeks ago ( Jun 01, 2018 )    |    Mobile, News

HMD Global the name behind the Nokia brand unveiled a trio of devices during a special event in Moscow a couple of days ago. With a hashtag #ChargeUp, Nokia is stepping up the game on its latest entries both for the mid-range and entry-level segments bringing improved hardware and newer experiences. These devices are Android One-powered which promises a 2-year system update and 3-years for their security patches includes the Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1 and the new Android Go powered Nokia 2.1.

Nokia 5.1

Among the bunch, the Nokia 5.1 the biggest and the most feature pack compared to its predecessor. It now has a large 5.5-inch tall display with an 18:9 Aspect ratio and thin bezels up front, think of it as a smaller Nokia 7 Plus in terms of the display.

With thin bezels on the front, HMD moved on with on-screen navigation for the Nokia 5.1 which means that the physical home button has to go away and the fingerprint scanner had to relocate on the back right below the camera module.

The Nokia 5.1 comes with a single 16 Megapixel main camera on the back and features Phase Detection AF with an f/2.0 Aperture lens and with LED flash. On the front is a standard 8 Megapixel Selfie shooter for everyday Selfies and high quality video calls.

The new handset is powered by an 8-core Helio P18 running at 2.0 GHz from MediaTek coupled to either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage respectively.

It has 2 SIM slots of Nano SIM with both capable of LTE connectivity. It has a standard Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS with A-GPS. Unfortunately, the new Nokia 5.1 is still having a microUSB port despite most of new handsets were going with USB-C.

The new Nokia 5.1 will be part of Nokia’s Android One devices and will be available in Black, Copper and Tempered Blue color options with prices starts at $219.

Nokia 3.1

Seen as an all-rounder device and one of the best-selling Nokia devices to date, the Nokia 3 receives a significant upgrade which just might continue its surge to the entry-level market.

With its slightly larger display, the 5.2-inch screen on the Nokia 3.1 sport a taller 18:9 Aspect ratio on an HD+ resolution. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass front and metal chassis but the back cover is polycarbonate but that’s not a bad thing as the Nokia 3.1 is built to take a beating.

Underneath is a MediaTek chipset with 8-core processors. Like the Nokia 5.1, the Nokia 3.1 is also available in two configurations: 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB of RAM and storage combos with microSD card support.

For imaging, The main camera has a 13 Megapixel unit with an f/2.0 Aperture lens and is paired with an LED flash. On the front is the same 8 Megapixel Selfie Shooter with wide-angle lens that should be good enough for casual Selfies and high-res video calls.

The new Nokia 3.1 will be available in the following color options: Blue/Copper, Black/Chrome and White/Iron with its price starting at just $159.

Nokia 2.1

Among the three new Nokia devices, the Nokia 2.1 is boosting specs in a relatively different approach. First up, the handset is HMD’s second Android Go powered handset which joins the likes of the Nokia 1. These devices run a toned-down version of Android Oreo while maintaining the key experiences from a full-blown Android OS.

Another thing that makes the new Nokia 2.1 a lot to like about is the bigger 5.5-inch display in HD resolution. Different from the first we’ve mentioned, this one has a standard 16:9 Aspect ratio with noticeable large bezels both the top and the bottom but that’s because this little beast has going full-circle with its front-firing Stereo speakers. It’s also made in polycarbonate which makes the handset more handy to use and easy on the pocket.

For imaging, users are equipped with 8 Megapixel AutoFocus camera with LED flash at the back while on the front there’s a 5 Megapixel shooter for Selfies and high-res video calls.

It runs on Snapdragon 425 with the same 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage as its predecessor. Though these numbers may look ancient for many, Android Go can seamlessly run even at this configuration and even lower than this for some other devices. Having less built-in memory is not a problem for the Nokia 2.1 as it support microSD cards of up to 128GB. To top it off, the Nokia 2.1 is equipped with a large 4000mAh battery which should be able to stay up for 2 days in normal use.

The new Nokia 2.1 will be available in : Blue/Copper, Blue/Silver and Gray/Silver color options this coming July for just $155.