4G-powered Nokia 8110, Android One smartphones debut in MWC 2018

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, introduced its new additions to its portfolio of Android smartphones — the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6, Nokia 1, and the reloaded 4G-capable Nokia 8110 — during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Feb. 25.

Along with the unveiling of its new smartphones, HMD Global announced its partnership with Google for powering the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, and the new Nokia 6 under the Android One program. Android One-powered smartphones have the “latest artificial intelligence (AI) technology and secure software experience.”

“Android One is our flagship partner program, and this comprehensive line-up of new Nokia smartphones represents our biggest partnership to date. Users around the world can find the perfect device to fit their needs and know they’re getting a high-quality hardware and software experience that’s smart, secure, and simply amazing,” Android and Google Play vice president for business and operations Jamie Rosenberg said on the partnership.

“We pride ourselves on making smartphones that address real-world needs. Our commitment to pure, secure and up-to-date Android is core to our strategy and is loved by consumers. We take that commitment to a deeper level by becoming the lead partner for the Android One program globally, delivering an experience that is endorsed by Google,” HMD Global chief product officer Juho Sarvikas said.

“This time last year, we started our journey with huge expectations from fans and a massive responsibility to deliver on the legacy of one of the most innovative brands in our space. Since then, we have reintroduced well-loved icons, forged partnerships with friends, old and new, and delivered our pure, secure, and up-to-date Android experience across our smartphone portfolio,” HMD Global CEO Florian Seiche said, adding the 70 million worldwide shipping of Nokia smartphone units in 2017.

All Nokia devices are running on the latest Android operating system (OS) version, Oreo 8.0. The OS features Picture-in-Picture multitasking capability, Android Instant Apps, 60 new emojis, and battery-maximization.

Photos captured from the Nokia 8 Sirocco, flagship Nokia 7 Plus, and the new Nokia 6 are powered by wide-angle ZEISS optics technology. Nokia 7 Plus and the Nokia 6 are backed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 processors, respectively.

Designed to be smooth and responsive for smartphone users on a budget, applications installed in the Nokia 1 are optimized for a 1 GB RAM device, including social media and online banking apps.

Bringing back another old model, the slider phone Nokia 8110 has been reloaded allowing 4G connectivity for email reception, Google, and social media app browsing. The classic “Snake” game has been upgraded also.

“A smartphone is an everyday partner and something people need to know they can rely on. Last year we promised people that we would deliver on all the hallmarks of a true Nokia phone experience and that we would live up to the trust people have in the Nokia brand,” HMD Global executive vice president and chief marketing officer Pekka Rantala said.

All new Nokia smartphones will be available worldwide staring early April 2018, except for the Nokia 8110 which will be sold by May 2018 for €79 (P5,070). Prices are at €749 (P48,050) for the Nokia 8 Sirocco; €399 (P25,600) for the Nokia 7 Plus; €279 (P17,899) for the Nokia 6; and $85 (P4,420) for the Nokia 1 with azure, grey, yellow, and pink Xpress-on covers, sold separately, for $7.99 (P416).

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